Tesla’s New Model Y Will Be an Eye Catcher

Tesla Inc.’s Model Y could eventually have a reveal date, however, the timing of the announcement may present extra “fodder for the bears” than act as a catalyst for the inventory, analysts at RBC mentioned Monday.

Tesla Chief Govt Elon Musk tweeted Sunday that the compact SUV’s unveiling is set for March 14 on the firm’s Los Angeles-space design studio. The information got here simply days after Musk announced plans for a $35,000, shorter-range Model 3.

Saying the cheaper Mannequin three final week was an indicator that demand for larger-finish Mannequin three autos “has not been as robust as the corporate anticipated,” stated the RBC analysts, led by Joseph Spak.

And saying the Mannequin Y unveil shortly after that “means that shopper response towards the $35k Mannequin three might not have been as robust as the corporate had hoped.” Tesla shares fell greater than three% on Monday, slipping underneath $300. The shares have misplaced 15% prior to now 12 months, in contrast with positive factors round three.4% for the S&P 500 index. SPX, -0.11%

“We anticipate the Model Y launch to additionally require deposits to order,” the analysts mentioned. When the Model three was first introduced, the corporate took in additional than 400,000 orders at $1,000 every, “successfully” an increase around $400 million, they mentioned.

Ordering the cheaper $35,000 Mannequin three requires a $2,500 deposit. That’s “notable timing,” the analysts stated, since Tesla on Friday repaid $920 million in convertible notes, likely using up a quarter of its cash. “We imagine there was a fall-off in U.S. demand and softer-than-anticipated demand in Europe/China,” they mentioned within the Sunday be aware. “Value cuts on the Model S/X/3 globally helps the view that general demand has softened.”