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Green Trade: Buy the Tesla Pullback?

In celebration of Earth Week, for the next several days Fast Money will be focusing on trading 'the business of green.'

And for our first trade, the Fast gang considers electric car maker, Tesla. The stock is up 13% year to date, however it’s begun to pull back more recently.

Should you buy the dip or is the sell-off a sign of weakness?

Think equity analyst Colin Rusch tells us the sell-off was generated by Abu Dhabi National Energy selling its 7% stake in the company earlier this month. "They were a pre-IPO investor who went through a portfolio review and decided to exit the position."

In other words, Ruschs doesn't see the weakness as a negative vote from the market, but rather one investor reorgnazing its holdings.

In fact, he says the resulting weakness is an opportunity for everyone else.

That's because Rusch thinks Tesla is something of an undiscovered gem that's about to capture the hearts of its constituency - affluent car buyers. The Tesla Model S sells for $49,900 and up.

“We think it’s a fantastic car, one that folks who buy premium vehicles will love to have. It handles well. It’s got great power. And it meets the range criteria for most drivers,” he says.

And he thinks the growth potential is enormous.

“The addressable market for premium cars is about 2.5 million vehicles,” Rusch tells us. “And our projection for 2013 is sales of 21,000 for Tesla. That gives them less than 1% of the market globally.”

Rusch has a buy rating on the stock and a $39 prices target.





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