Tesla's story undergoing yet another 'significant' shift, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Colin Rusch believes Tesla's story is undergoing "yet another significant shift." Beyond Model 3 demand and cost reduction driving operating cash flow, the analyst thinks the Model S and X refresh cycle and pricing strategy are in focus for short-term investors while the longer-term story is increasingly weighted to China sell-through. Important in the Model S transition is that it remains Tesla's highest margin product and provides some cover for lower margins on Model X and Model 3, he contends, adding that any reduced volume on that vehicle will be a headwind for Tesla's margins. Rusch is lowering Model S and X deliveries in his 2019 estimates and lowering margins looking for incremental information on production cadence. He reiterates an Outperform rating and a $437 price target on the shares.