Tesla Is Up 90% Since Market Lows As Registrations In China Fall 19%

Tesla (TSLA) insurance registrations in China dropped nearly 20% last week even as China’s overall passenger car market recovered from the Lunar New Year holiday. TSLA shares edged up Tuesday after consecutive sessions of losses.


The global EV giant had 6,963 insurance registrations for the week of Feb. 6-12. That was down 19%, after registrations had surged to 8,643 in the week prior. Of the Fed. 6-12 insurance registrations, 1,096 were Tesla Model 3 vehicles while there were 5,867 registered Tesla Model Y vehicles, according to CnEVPost.

Last week, China EV sales continued to rebound broadly. Top Tesla competitor BYD (BYDDF) had 31,417 total insurance registrations, up 29% compared to the week prior. China-EV startups Li Auto (LI) registrations jumped 81% to 4,062, Nio (NIO) registrations advanced 56% to 3,045 and XPeng (XPEV) grew 43% to 1,396.

Denza, the luxury EV manufacturer owned by BYD and Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) had 1,457 insurance registrations last week.

Tesla stock advanced 1% during premarket activity Tuesday. On Monday, TSLA shares dropped more than 1% to 194.64. Tesla stock is still up 91% from its Jan. 6 bear market low of 101.81. Until Friday, Tesla stock had been on a run of eight straight sessions with gains.

Sunday night, Tesla raised the U.S. Model Y Performance price by $500, a week after raising Model Y Long Range and Performance prices by $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. Tesla also cut the base Model 3 price by $500 for the second time in a week.

This comes after Tesla on Friday raised the base Model Y price in China by 2,000 yuan ($295) to 261,900 yuan ($31,569). That follows a cut of 29,000 yuan on Jan. 6, which were part of sweeping, across-the-board cuts in China and Asia.

Tesla sold 66,051 China-made vehicles in January, a 10.4% increase compared to a year ago and up 18.4% vs. December. Of those deliveries, the global EV giant exported 39,208 vehicles from its Shanghai plant. Tesla tends to focus on exports from Shanghai in the first part of the year.

Tesla’s January exports were up 183% compared to December, but down 3% vs. January, 2022. Meanwhile, Tesla delivered 26,843 vehicles in China, down 36% from December but a nearly 39% increase compared to January, 2022.

CEO Elon Musk told investors on Jan. 26 that Tesla saw “the strongest orders year-to-date than ever in our history” in January. Musk added that orders were coming in at “almost twice the rate of production.”

Signaling expectations for increased demand, Tesla plans to produce an average of nearly 20,000 vehicles a week at its Shanghai plant in February and March, according to Reuters. The company expects monthly production to roughly reach September levels of 82,000 vehicles.

TSLA shares rank fourth in IBD’s Auto Manufacturers¬†industry group. Tesla stock has an 65¬† Composite Rating out of 99. The stock has an 16 Relative Strength Rating, an exclusive IBD Stock Checkup gauge for share-price movement. The EPS rating is 99.

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