Rivian shares continue to dive following Amazon-Stellantis deal
Rivian stock is now down more than 21% for the week, after falling 11% during Wednesday’s trading session, and is about 54% off its high on Nov. 16. If it holds until markets close, the move is set to shave more than $9 billion from Rivian’s market cap, bringing it to about $72 billion. It’s now priced only about a dollar above its $78 IPO price.
There are other factors impacting the share price, however. Investors are rotating out of tech stocks that have distant profit outlooks. EV stocks are among a group of companies with high valuations and uncertain future profitability, making them riskier bets as interest rates rise. Investors are dumping those one-time darlings and moving into more stable companies with growing profits.
Stellantis, formerly known as Fiat Chrysler, also announced that Amazon would be the first commercial customer of its Ram ProMaster battery-electric vehicle.
Rivian, an electric vehicle company backed by Amazon, debuted on the Nasdaq just two months ago. Rivian had named Amazon its preferred cloud provider and is contracted to make 100,000 vehicles for the company by 2030.
An Amazon spokesperson reiterated the company’s support for Rivian in a statement to CNBC on Wednesday.
“We always knew that our ambitious sustainability goals in our last mile operations would require multiple electric delivery van providers,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We continue to be excited about our relationship with Rivian, and this doesn’t change anything about our investment, collaboration, or order size and timing.”
-CNBC’s Jordan Novet contributed to this report.