Excellent post as usual, and I agree with everything you said but one thing (explained later). Quoted whole megapost so that it is at the top of this page for those who missed it.
I am glad to see that we both have similar price targets for next year $350 vs. $400. I think that the difference comes from our production estimates. The numbers you are using seem very reasonable and well within reach for Tesla. My production numbers are slightly higher, since I think that Tesla will continue to over-deliver in the future and grow a little quicker than most people expect. They have been doing this in the past couple of quarters and think they will pull it off in the future. Hence the difference in PT's. I also noticed from the AAPL PDF that the forum guys there usually had a lot higher PT's than AAPL was actually able to achieve. We are so far ahead on Tesla information, that we have to be cognizant that it might take Wall St. a little longer to catch up on stock price. That is one of the reasons I recommend to be cautious on options. There might be a blowout or it could be a slow and steady rise, which will crush your OTM options. It is not as clear cut as it was during Q1 or even Q2. I think there might be a blowout, but not as positive as last time. It will all depend on gross margin number.
The one place I disagree with you is on Chinese tariff impact on demand. I know that this may sound ridiculous, but from the research I have done on China, I actually believe that the higher selling prices due to tariffs will create more demand in China and not less. I think that Tesla will sell a lot more cars at $200k in China than at $100k. A higher price tag makes the car more exclusive and the ultra rich do not want to be driving the same car that the not as ultra rich can afford to drive. Therefore, if Tesla can introduce a dual motor Model S that does 0-60 in 3.2s that costs over $200k it will sell like hotcakes. I have read articles that say the Mercedes S class starts at $151k in China, but on the CN website it starts above $1.2m RMB or around $200k. I think that Mercedes actually increased the price of its S class to stimulate sales.
Can any of our Chinese members confirm this behavioral pattern of the ultra rich?
As far as my article goes, I will definitely post but might have to make some minor changes. I feel like I did not leave enough room for everyone to interpret the conversation on their own. I will try to make it more neutral, so that people can decide on their own and be influenced by my exuberance for Tesla. I just don't have time right now, since I am working on a new website with Norse.
Great posts with quality content :smile:
I understand that some of you other posters, have not recognized that there is a new tread for Short Term Social Chat. Please use the new tread for Short term Social chats, feelings and guesses, and post only in this tread if you have a quality post of value of others, no funny comments, and no posts of todays trade. Please post that into the right tread. This tread is supposed to bring quality information about short term, and if disrupted, quality posts will drawn in posts, and the quality posters will disappear. If you like to just comment, please copy the post and continue in the Social tread.
I am sorry if I defend someone, but I think it is crucial to keep the post in this tread of high value. As I understand Curt Renz, among other, has not posted here for a long time. I really think the reason is because of a lot of none valuable posts pushing the quality post several pages behind. Please use the Sort term Social chat for small talk :smile: