TSLA Stock Alert: Tesla Plunges on Another Round of EV Price Cuts


  • Tesla (TSLA) cut prices on its cars by as much as $2,000.
  • The price of what it calls Full Self-Driving was also reduced.
  • The company reports earnings on April 23, and analysts are bracing for bad news.
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Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock fell 5% as the electric vehicle (EV) maker launched another round of price cuts around the world.

Three models saw price cuts of up to $2,000. The company posted that, with federal tax credits, the cost of its best-selling Model Y sedan fell below $30,000.

Tesla also dropped the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) option by one-third, to levels last seen in 2020.

TSLA stock opened this morning at $140.60 per share, with a market capitalization of about $447 billion.

Difficult Days Ahead

CEO Elon Musk defended the changes, writing “Tesla prices must change frequently in order to match production with demand.” He added, “Only a fool thinks the ‘MSRP’ is the real price.” MSRP stands for Manufacturers’ Suggested Retail Price.

Tesla has prided itself on having a single price clearly marked for buyers. The Musk statement indicates that buyers may now be able to drive their own bargains.

If Tesla is indeed just another car company, the stock has much further to fall. Toyota (NYSE:TM) is the world’s second most valuable car company at $308 billion. No other car company is worth as much as $100 billion. General Motors (NYSE:GM) is worth about $50 billion.

Tesla is due to report earnings on April 23 after the market closes, followed by a conference call with analysts. Some fear it may report negative free cash flow for the first time since early 2020.

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives, a longtime Tesla bull, wrote that “many long-time Tesla believers are giving up on the story and throwing in the white towel.”

Most analysts want Tesla to offer a lower-priced car to compete with Chinese companies like BYD (OTCMKTS:BYDDF). Instead, Musk has said Tesla will focus on self-driving, writing: “Everything else is like variations on a horse carriage.”

TSLA Stock: What Happens Next?

It’s hard to see how far Tesla may fall after earnings. The Cybertruck may be the biggest business mistake of the century so far.

On the date of publication, Dana Blankenhorn did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

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