Rivian (NASDAQ:RIVN) stock is falling on Monday after the electric vehicle (EV) company’s shares were hit with a downgrade from Barclays analyst Dan Levy.
That downgrade sees the Barclays analyst dropping RIVN stock from an “outperform” rating to an “equal weight” rating. That’s a more bearish stance compared to the analyst consensus rating of moderate buy based on 22 opinions.
In addition to that downgrade, Levy dropped the firm’s price target for RIVN stock from $16 per share to $9 per share. That’s a potential 46% downside compared to the stock’s prior closing price. It’s also below the analyst consensus price prediction of $26.81 per share.
What’s Behind the RIVN Stock Downgrade?
Here’s what the Barclays analyst had to say about Rivian in a note to clients obtained by Seeking Alpha:
“The consequences of weak demand are significant. Not only does it mean that the volume outlook is challenged, but it also presents potential pricing risk — with both points reinforcing RIVN is likely to miss its 2024 target of reaching gross margin profitability. Moreover, with ongoing capital needs given preparation for the high volume R2 in 2026, we see future pressure.”
RIVN stock is down 1.9% as of Monday morning. That comes as some 9 million shares change hands. This is still below its daily average trading volume of about 33 million shares.
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On the date of publication, William White did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.