Goldman Sachs cuts Tesla price target: 'Downward path for shares will resume'

Key Points
  • Goldman slashed its price target on Tesla to $158 from $200
  • "While there are a couple known potential positive catalysts to the story and shares later this year, we believe the potential pull-forward of the Model Y production launch would carry the most impact given the potential size of the market and margin profile for the vehicle," Goldman Sachs said.
Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors.
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Goldman Sachs slashed its price target on Tesla on Thursday and said it was expecting shares to continue to decline over concerns about demand.

"Sustainable demand [is] the key question as shares [are] likely continue to de-rate," the bank said in a note. Goldman lowered the price target to $158 from $200, which would represent a 30% drop from Tesla's current levels based on Wednesday's close of $226.43.

"We believe that is the largest question for investors to underwrite at this point — what are sustainable demand levels for the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 — and how does that change with the introduction of Model Y production," Goldman Sachs analyst David Tamberrino said. "We believe a downward path for shares will resume as it becomes more clear that sustainable demand for the company's current products are below expectations."

Tesla shares are down more than 3% on Thursday. The stock is down 30% this year as the company continues to be mired in a myriad of controversies. Analysts and investors also continue to mull whether the company will need to raise more capital.

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