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Roth reiterates Neutral rating for Tesla after disappointing 1Q delivery numbers

Shares of the electric-car maker rose Friday, making back some of the ground it lost
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The firm was alarmed by Tesla’s 12,100 first-quarter Model S and Model X delivery numbers, less than half than the quarter before.

Roth Capital Partners reiterated its rating and price target for Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Thursday – right after the electric carmaker’s stock fell more than 8% on disappointing first-quarter delivery numbers.

Roth stuck to its Neutral rating and $270 price target for the Pala Alto, California company.

Shares were up 2.7% Friday to $274.96.

The firm was particularly alarmed by Tesla’s 12,100 Model S and Model X delivery numbers, a drop to less than half of the 27,600 in the quarter before.

READ: Tesla plunges in New York as it posts biggest sales drop in its history

“Tesla’s cars are just too expensive for the niche of the market they are chasing,” Roth analysts wrote.

Also concerning was Tesla’s lack of advantage on battery costs. According to METI data, Japan automotive Lithium ion cells price at $240 per kilowatt hour. Tesla buys 80% of its batteries, Roth wrote, which makes Tesla’s estimate of battery costs between $100 and $150 per kilowatt hour seem laughable.

The analyst correctly predicted that no major action was likely to come of CEO Elon Musk’s contempt court hearing. On Thursday, Judge Allison Nathan gave Musk and the SEC two weeks to work out their differences. The SEC wanted to hold Musk in contempt for Tweeting without company approval in violation of their fraud agreement.

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