Tesla

Ticker TSLA

Today's data summary

Market open
% change
-4.54%
Price US dollars
195.76
Change
-9.32
As of 17:39 22 May 2019
Market cap. US dollars
33,415.79 million
As of 17:39 22 May 2019

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Tesla's unusual hiring methods

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Twitter

Elon Musk is well known for running his company rather differently to most founders, but it's worked out well for Adam Koszary, the social media strategist behind The Museum of English Rural Life's Twitter account.

After he posted a picture of "an absolute unit" of a sheep to his work Twitter account, it was picked up by Mr Musk who has now hired Mr Koszary as the social media manager for his car company Tesla.

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Wall Street opens lower

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Wall Street shares have opened much lower, with the Nasdaq down 1.7% at the start of trading, after Google announced it was restricting Huawei's use of its flagship Android smartphone operating system, which means future phones will lose access to some Google apps.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is 150 points or 0.6% down to 25,614.36. Top of the losers is mining giant Caterpillar, which has fallen 3% to $122.76 on continued US-China trade war fears.

The S&P 500 has slipped 19 points or 0.7% to 2,840.46. US chipset manufacturer Qualcomm heads the losers, sliding 4.8% to $77.62 after joining Google in cutting off supplies to Huawei.

And finally, the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 1.7% on open but is now recovering. It is now 103 points or 1.3% lower to 7,713.21.

Top of the losers is electric carmaker Tesla, which has dropped 6.8% to $196.60 after an analyst from Wedbush cut its guidance on the firm and said that Tesla should be focusing on producing more Model 3 cars, instead of expanding into robotaxis and "other sci-fi projects".

Questions over demand for Teslas

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It might be worth keeping an eye on shares in Tesla when they start trading at 14:30 BST.

Pre-market trading is indicating a fall of more than 4%.

It follows negative comments from analysts at Wedbush Securities who have cut their target for Tesla shares by $45 to $230 each.

The analysts question Tesla's estimate of demand for its new Model 3 cars. Tesla sees sales of up to 400,000 this year. But analysts at Webbush say between 360,000 and 370,000 is a more realistic target.

The research report also says Tesla should be focusing on its core car business and not expand into insurance and robotaxis.

Tesla gets it money

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AFP

Electric carmaker Tesla says its $2.7bn (£2bn) offering of stock and bonds was over-subscribed.

It sold $860m in shares and $1.8bn in debt and now has the cash it needs to boost production.

No tariff relief for Tesla

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US trade officials have rejected Tesla's request for relief from President Donald Trump's 25% tariffs on the Chinese-made computer "brain" of its Model 3 electric vehicle, says Reuters.

Tesla's and other tariff exclusion requests for Chinese-made products from aircraft parts to biotechnology instruments were all denied because they were deemed "strategically important" to the "Made in China 2025" program - according to papers seen by the news agency.

Tesla offering priced

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Reuters

Tesla has announced the pricing of a $2.3bn fundraising announced yesterday.

It says the offering of 3.1m shares was priced at $244.10 per share.

Founder Elon Musk (pictured) could buy as many as $25m of the shares being offered.

The electric carmaker is also issuing debt as part of the fundraising which is intended to help fuel its expansion plans.

Tesla to raise capital

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Away from the Bank of England for a moment.

Electric carmaker Tesla says it is launching a $2bn (£1.5bn) fundraising through $650m in shares and the rest in debt.

Elon Musk, the founder, is expected to buy $10m of the new shares.

The extra funds are needed for its expansion plans.