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Tesla’s Recent Challenges Send Stock Tumbling to Lowest Levels Since May 2023

Tesla (TSLA) faced a two-day slump as its shares dipped to lows not witnessed since May 2023, amid a barrage of adverse developments affecting the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer.

Early on Tuesday, operations at Tesla’s Giga Berlin factory came to a halt due to a power outage following an arson attack at a nearby power substation. Firefighters swiftly extinguished the blaze, which fortunately did not spread to the factory itself. A Tesla spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that production had ceased, necessitating the evacuation of the site.

The closing bell on Tuesday saw Tesla’s stock down by 3.9%, marking its lowest close since May 19, 2023. The stock’s decline over the week amounted to over 11%, contributing to a significant year-to-date drop of 27.3%.

An activist group of left-wing persuaders claimed responsibility for the attack on Giga Berlin. In response, Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed his disdain, labeling the act “extremely dumb.” This incident occurred against a backdrop of contentious debates surrounding the expansion plans for the factory, which ultimately faced opposition and were voted down.

Giga Berlin, which was operating at a peak output of approximately 6,000 vehicles per week, is now expected to undergo a temporary shutdown as power is restored to the plant.

Tuesday’s setback compounded existing concerns in one of Tesla’s key markets, China. A day prior, Tesla shares had declined by over 7% due to underwhelming shipment figures from China and indications of further price reductions.

Preliminary data from China’s Passenger Car Association revealed that Tesla shipped 60,365 vehicles from its Giga Shanghai factory in February, marking a 16% decrease from the previous month and a 19% decline from the same period last year. This represents the lowest shipment total since December 2022.

The diminished shipment figures in China, a market of immense growth potential for Tesla, have raised alarms within the company. Even China’s leading EV manufacturer, BYD, experienced a significant decline in sales, with February figures plummeting by 37% compared to the previous year.

Goldman analyst Mark Delaney revised down Tesla’s profit projections for 2023 and 2024, citing eroding margins resulting from continuous price cuts expected to persist over the next two years. Despite these challenges, Delaney maintains a neutral rating on the stock, emphasizing Tesla’s leadership position in the industry and its long-term growth potential. He has set a price target of $275 per share.”

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