Tesla Price Target Lowered To $230 At Wedbush On Model 3 Demand Concerns

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives lowered his price target on Tesla (TSLA) shares to $230 from $275 citing his reduced confidence in the company's ability to hit its 2019 unit guidance given what he calls "major concerns" around the underlying demand for the Model 3 in the U.S.

Mixed signals about Model 3 demand "are becoming incrementally more challenging," said the analyst, who believes that the company should be focused on shoring up demand for the Model 3 rather than expanding into insurance, robotaxis, and "other sci-fi projects/endeavors."

Ives, who calls the electric carmaker's second half of the year profitability targets "a Kilimanjaro-like uphill climb," keeps a Neutral rating on Tesla shares, which are down $8.11, or about 4%, to $202.92 in pre-market trading. 

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