The Nasdaq Composite fell 9% in the first quarter, as many investors weighed concerns about the strength of the economy. Likewise, billionaire James Simons of Renaissance Technologies doubled down on Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), and the stock now ranks as the second-largest holding in his hedge fund.
The Nasdaq Composite has descended 28% year to date, and the Cboe Volatility Index -- commonly referred to as Wall Street's fear gauge -- has soared nearly 80% in the same time frame, highlighting investors' uneasiness at the present moment. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), one of the most polarizing stocks on Wall Street, has joined the sell-off by shedding 41% of its value since the start of the year. While macro headwinds and Musk's dramatic potential takeover of Twitter surely haven't helped Tesla, the EV giant's business continues to make headway in a grand fashion.
Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) is the undisputed EV leader and trailblazer for the entire sector. The stock rose ahead of the company's execution, however, keeping many people from owning it from a valuation perspective. There was always the chance of failure, and even CEO Elon Musk said that his company was within about a month of bankruptcy when it was ramping up its Model 3 mass production in 2017.