Tesla sinks after analysts were underwhelmed by the long-awaited Model Y unveiling (TSLA)

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Tesla sinks after analysts were underwhelmed by the long-awaited Model Y unveiling (TSLA)

FILE- In this Feb. 9, 2019, file photo, a sign bearing the company logo is displayed outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. Tesla is walking back its plan to close most retail stores worldwide. The company says it still plans to move to fully online sales but it won’t close as many stores as originally thought. Tesla announced last month that it would shutter most of its stores to cut costs so it could make money on the $35,000 Model 3 electric car. Tesla now says it closed 10 percent of its stores, but a few of those will be reopened.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Associated Press


Tesla shares fell as much as 5% Friday as Wall Street analysts were underwhelmed by the electric-car maker’s unveiling of its Model Y SUV.

Some analysts were concerned that the Model Y could claw demand away from the Model 3.

“Overall, we found the event somewhat underwhelming with no major surprises,” Emmanuel Rosner, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, said in a note to clients on Friday.

And Jed Dorsheimer, a bullish Tesla analyst at Canaccord Genuity, added: “Tesla unveils the Model Y but event may fall shy of whisper expectations.” 

Indeed, Tesla didn’t reveal a “one more thing” that many anticipated in addition to the Model Y unveiling itself, said Joseph Spak, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets. Spak said the model’s impact on the Model 3 could be “significant” as crossover demand around the world has exceeded that of sedans. 

“Which begs the question, why show the vehicle now?” he wondered in a note to clients. “We would have thought the reveal would have been closer to start of production. Will some potential M3 buyers wait?”

Still, Musk said the Model Y could outsell the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 combined. The standard version of the Model Y is set to arrive in 2021, and will begin at $39,000. The three pricier versions of the vehicle will start between $47,000 and $60,000, and will begin shipping in 2020. 

Craig Irwin, an analyst at Roth Capital Partners, has observed a “fundamental shift” in the way Tesla shares have traded recently.

What once traded like an emerging growth company, where management can “invent their own milestones, meet these, and the stock would behave positively,” is now more sensitive to fundamental drivers like unit volumes and margins.

“There is clearly a large market for the M3, and likely the Model Y, but this seems to fall short of more aggressive expectations given vehicle prices seem too high, in our opinion,” Irwin said.

Tesla shares have fallen 16% this year.

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