Tesla (TSLA) Stocks Slip on Bumper Problems and California -13% Deliveries, but the Trade Volume Is 2 Times Lower than Average

by Usman Salis

Tesla stocks are falling on lower California EV registrations and Model 3 design flaw.

Tesla Stock Price Drops by 2%

The stocks price of Tesla, the electric car maker with the highest market cap, fell more than 2% during Tuesday’s trading. However, the aftermarket brought some relief, with stocks recovering 0.63%, moving slightly higher.

Image Source: Google Finance TSLA
Image Source: Google Finance TSLA

The Two Reasons to Fall

The first of the reasons that influenced investor confidence and the stock price is information that the number of Tesla electric car registrations in California decreased by 13% in the third quarter of 2020.

California is the largest domestic market for the company. According to the Reuters report, about 16,000 vehicles were registered in the third quarter. While this represents a significant increase over the second quarter (during which there were about 9,800 electric vehicles registered), the figure is still worse than in the third quarter of 2019.

The second reason for the fall is that Tesla confirmed the presence of a design flaw in its Model 3, which led to the loss of the rear bumper when driving through puddles. According to Electrek, although the issue has been known for two years, the company has only now officially acknowledged the problem. Besides, Tesla said that fixing this problem will be included in the guarantee, so investors are probably worried about the possible impact of this step on the company’s bottom line.

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The trade Volume Was Two Times Lower than Average

Despite these difficulties, Sawyer Merritt, market analyst and co-founder of Twin Birch, points out that Tesla’s share price decline occurred at half the daily average volume, 35 million shares vs 71 million. This suggests that this decline is not a signal for the beginning of a bullish trend, as it is not confirmed by sufficient volume.

Image Source: Twitter @SawyerMerritt
Image Source: Twitter @SawyerMerritt

Previously, Tesla managed to become the 11th company in the world in terms of capitalization, overtaking Wallmart. However, in the fall, the company is not doing as well as in the summer, during which the company’s shares rose by an incredible 177%.

Autumn met Tesla with significant falls, while the company was unable to overcome the gap caused by the September market correction. The stock is currently trading 15% below the all-time high set in early September.