Should UK investors buy Tesla stock now? Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Paul Summers Paul Summers owns shares in Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Tesla. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Paul Summers | Wednesday, 15th July, 2020 | More on: TSLA US electric car maker Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has been one of the success stories on the US market this year. The shares are now a staggering 250% higher than where they were at the beginning of 2020.What’s behind this explosive rise and should UK investors consider taking a stake now?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Why is Tesla racing away?There are a few reasons for its momentum. First, the buzz around electric vehicles looks to have moved into a higher gear. Increased concern for the environment and the firm’s technical supremacy over other manufacturers (it’s expected to unveil a million-mile, low-cost battery in September) has put Tesla in a thematic sweet spot. Factor-in investors’ belief in the visionary brilliance of CEO Elon Musk and Tesla’s rise, while extreme, makes some sense. Another reason for this rise rests on its status as the ultimate ‘Marmite stock’. But those who loathe it question how a company that still only sells thousands of cars a year can be worth more than those that sell millions combined. This has previously led to massive ‘shorting’ of the stock — traders betting Tesla’s share price will fall.One explanation for why this hasn’t happened is old-fashioned herd speculation. With no sports to bet on during lockdown and buoyed by Federal Reserve’s relief packages, bored novice investors have flooded markets in recent months. Many, it would seem, have put their money into Tesla. This has, in turn, forced said shorters to desperately close their positions (known as a ‘short squeeze’), further propelling the shares upwards.Will it keep rising?It’s hard to say if this can last. History is littered with companies continuing to rise in value despite becoming utterly detached from their fundamentals (which Tesla arguably is). Greed is a powerful motivator. So too is a great story.What we do know is that Tesla ‘shorts’ are now at their lowest level on record. With fewer positions left to close, this could mean the big gains seen recently may be at an end. Adding to the bear case, market jitters over a second coronavirus wave could cause a heavy bout of profit-taking.Last, let’s not forget that Musk’s unpredictability can be a liability for Tesla. In May, he suggested that the value of stock in his own company was “too high“, causing the shares to fall 10%.Taking all this into account, I’d suggest anyone thinking of buying Tesla now should tread carefully if they don’t intend on holding for years. The long-term potential might be even better than anticipated, but the probability of near-term volatility up to the next earnings update on July 22 (and perhaps medium-term choppiness too) is very real.Any alternatives?One option for less risk-tolerant readers would be to look for a fund with shares in the company. UK-based, tech-focused, FTSE 100 member Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust is an example. Tesla is its biggest holding. Unsurprisingly, performance this year has been excellent. The fees charged are also reasonable for an actively-managed fund.A passive alternative is the iShares Electric Vehicles and Driving Technology UCITS ETF. It has 3.31% of its assets in Tesla but is diversified across 84 other stocks. This should give holders sufficient protection while allowing them access to one of the decade’s biggest investment themes.Buying either also avoids the paperwork required by brokers when you buy US stocks. 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News October 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Anti-terrorism law among targets of Addis Ababa protest Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Organisation Help by sharing this information News May 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts May 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home to go further News Follow the news on Ethiopia EthiopiaAfrica RSF_en EthiopiaAfrica News A major street protest took place in Addis Ababa on 29 September in response to a call from Unity for Democracy and Justice, an opposition political party headed by the previous president, Dr. Negasso Gidada. The demonstrators protested against the arbitrary detention of journalists, human rights activists and dissidents, which is made possible by the 2009 anti-terrorist law. Independent estimates put the number of demonstrators at between 12,000 and 15,000 while government sources said they were a few hundred.The urgent need to amend this repressive law was of one of the recommendations that Reporters Without Borders included in its submission on Ethiopia to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 19th Universal Periodic Review session to be held between April and May next year.“The anti-terrorism law is one of the most serious obstacles to the promotion and protection of freedom of information in Ethiopia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Ever since its adoption, the government has used it as a legal tool to clamp down on dissidents and create a cloud of fear that limits the ambition and activity of the media. “Without taking any position on the politics of the demonstrators, we urge the government to respond to the widespread demand by concerned citizens and activists for immediate and participatory reform of the anti-terrorism law. We also call on the government to respect the freedom of expression of all news and information providers, regardless of their political views.”According to the organizers, the demonstration’s aim was not only to condemn the law but also to demand the release of opposition members and journalists who have been jailed under it. They include activist Eskinder Nega, detained since 15 September 2011 for alleged “links with terrorist organizations and conspiracy to harm national security”.Journalists Reyot Alemu, winner of the 2013 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano press freedom prize, and Woubeshet Taye, the deputy editor of the Amharic-language weekly Awramba Times, have been detained under this law since June 2011. Reyot Alemu has been reportedly subjected to mistreatment including solitary confinement, minimal access to medical care and restricted visits from family and friends. They are serving jail terms of five and 14 years respectively, on charges of “conspiring with a terrorist organization and taking part in planning terror attacks”. Two Swedish journalists working for the Kontinent news agency, reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, were arrested on 1 July 2011 after illegally entering Ethiopia’s southeastern Ogaden region from Somalia with members of the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) with the aim of investigating human rights violations in the region. Sentenced to 11 years in prison on a charge of “terrorist activities”, they were released after 450 days in detention thanks to pressure from the international community.In an interview for Reporters Without Borders, Schibbye said: “The mere fact that these protests are taking place is a positive sign in Ethiopia. This shows the growing implication of the youth, namely through social networks, and their refusal to live in a society where journalists and dissidents can be jailed arbitrarily.”Ethiopia is ranked 137th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.More information about Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia February 10, 2021 Find out more