Tesla Inc. stock extended losses Tuesday after more analysts joined the chorus of Tesla doubters and criticized the Silicon Valley car maker’s recent decisions.
Tesla TSLA, +0.65% shares fell 3.1% to close at their lowest since Oct. 22 and are down more than 13% in the past three sessions in the wake of company news that stoked demand fears. The stock fell by as much as 5.4% on Tuesday.
Chief Executive Elon Musk on Sunday tweeted that the Model Y unveiling is set for March 14 and last Thursday Tesla announced it was offering a $35,000 Model 3 and shifting worldwide sales to online only.
Adam Jonas at Morgan Stanley said in a note Tuesday that investor feedback on Tesla has been “firmly in the ‘something’s wrong’ camp rather than ‘this is a great buying opportunity’ camp.”
“You can put us in the ‘something just doesn’t add up’ camp,” he said. Recent events “are communicating to investors a sense of growing tension in the organization.”
Investors have questioned why Tesla hasn’t raised capital yet, and whether the company’s balance sheet is strong enough to weather cash burn and more debt that is coming due. They are also homing in on the risks attached to online-only sales, Jonas said.
“Without an additional capital raise, we are prepared for Tesla’s gross cash to fall further below ($2 billion),” he said. The new sales model is “uncharted territory” for Tesla, a company that used to highlight its advantages in promoting the brand and engaging with customers without a middleman, he said.
Brian Johnson at Barclays cut his price target on the stock by…
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