No earlier, Elon Mash set a shiny 2018 behind him, but worried is a new concern for Tesla Inc.: Potential ceiling in demand for their cars.
Tesla's shares fell on the first day of trading in 2019, after the company unexpectedly announced it was cutting prices for $ 2,000. The move, in order to partially compensate for the reduction in federal tax credit for its electric vehicles, highlighted the key challenge in what is likely to be a key year for the company and its chief executive. The car maker also announced on Wednesday that supplies in the fourth quarter fell only with estimates by analysts.
63.150 Model 3, delivered to customers in the fourth quarter, lags approximately 63,700 average analytical projections. Tesla said that more than three-quarters of the sedan orders in the last three months of the year were new customers, rather than holders of reservations. This suggests that many consumers are still waiting to buy vehicle versions at a long-promised price of $ 35,000.
"This was a good quarter with respect to the production ramp and strong demand, but Tesla came up with shy expectations of a bull and this will be the focus of the street," said Daniel Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities. "We also believe that a reduction in the $ 2,000 price to help subsidize lower tax credit is a move that was not fully anticipated."
Tesla shares fell 10 percent to $ 298.80 from 10:30 am on Wednesday in New York. Shares advanced 6.9% last year, while most other auto manufacturers fell.
5.3 percent of garbage bonds manufacturer of electric cars due to 2025 were the biggest market makers on Wednesday morning. The bonds fell 2 US cents to the dollar to 85.5 US cents, the biggest drop since September, according to Threes, the reporting system for bond prices of the Regulatory Commission on the Financial Industry.
It will be weeks before Tesla confirms it is profitable second quarter. But the company's ability to maintain a higher level of production – build 61,394 model 3 and total 86,555 vehicles in the last three months – will go a long way towards that goal.
In October, Musk said that Tesla pays attention to the fulfillment of orders from Model 3 in Europe and China earlier this year, will help raise any weak demand as US buyers lose their full tax credit of $ 7,500. But customers in those markets still have a couple of weeks to wait, and the company now says these deliveries will begin in February.
Tesla dropped just short of its goal of delivering 100,000 of its more expensive model S and Model X vehicles this year, selling 99,394 units. However, James Alberten, an analyst at Consumer Edge Research, said sales on Wednesday were overwhelming.
"The optics of this decision weighs on stocks, which is not surprising," said Albertine, who has the equivalent of a Tesla stake, wrote in a note to clients. "For us, demand is not a problem, nor is it EV competition for this point."