Tesla shares (NASDAQ:TSLA) received a vote of confidence on Tuesday, as Oppenheimer analyst Colin Rusch gave an optimistic $437 price target for the electric car maker. The analyst also reiterated his “Outperform” rating for TSLA stock.
Rusch noted that while Tesla shares have plummeted on concerns such as the ongoing US-China trade war and the speculation that demand for its vehicles is decreasing, the electric car maker’s stocks are, at their current state, “oversold.” The Oppenheimer analyst nonetheless stated that Tesla would need to show a strong sell-through in critical markets while improving gross margins to recover from its steep dive.
Also adding to Rusch’s bullish stance on Tesla is the underwhelming nature of competitors that are currently emerging from rival automakers. The emergence of competitors in the premium electric vehicle market is among the key pillars of the TSLA bear thesis, though recent offerings such as the Audi e-tron have largely failed to live up to the standard of Tesla’s vehicles. The e-tron, for example, received an EPA rating of 204 miles per charge from its 95 kWh battery, making it far less efficient than the larger Model X, whose 75 kWh variant is EPA rated for 237 miles per charge.
Oppenheimer analyst Colin Rusch’s positive stance on TSLA stock stands opposite that of Cowen analyst Jeff Osborne, who recently dropped his price target for Tesla shares from $150 to $140 per share. In a note to clients, Osborne, who has held a longtime Sell rating on TSLA, stated that the company’s stock price is beginning to reflect the “lower demand picture in 2020 that we have been forecasting for some time.”
Osborne also noted that there is more room for downside as the “steady state of demand become evident in Q3 2019 when the backlog of lower-priced standard range plus Model 3 is exhausted in Europe and China.”
Tesla shares have been beaten down in recent weeks due to a perfect storm involving multiple bearish takes from Wall Street analysts, the ongoing US-China trade war, a general decline in the auto industry as reflected by the Q1 numbers of veteran automakers such as Jaguar Land Rover and BMW, and the aftermath of the company’s lower-than-expected deliveries and production in the first quarter. Nevertheless, while sentiments on Tesla are currently negative, the electric car maker might make a notable comeback in the second quarter.
In a leaked email from CEO Elon Musk, it was revealed that Tesla might be on track to beat its record 90,700 deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2018, provided that the company could sustain an output of 1,000 Model 3 per day. The leaked email also noted that as of May 21, Tesla has over 50,000 net new orders for the second quarter, further suggesting that the company’s figures for Q2 might pleasantly surprise.
As of writing, Tesla shares are trading -0.31% at $190.01 per share.
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