Tesla Inc. shares (TSLA) were upgraded to equal weight from underperform by Morgan Stanley on Thursday, with analysts led by Adam Jonas saying their long-term model remains intact as the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 forces production cuts. Jonas updated fiscal 2020 delivery forecasts to include one month of lost production at the electric car maker's Fremont plant in California, lowering it to 420,000 from a previous 450,000. "We believe Tesla has sufficient liquidity and access to capital during this time," the analyst wrote in a note to clients. The stock is now trading below Morgan Stanley's $460 price target, which it cut from $480 previously. Jonas had downgraded Tesla stock in January at a time when the price was close to $1,000 and sentiment was buoyant. The virus has had the effect of bringing that to a more realistic level that reflects the company's value, he wrote. Tesla shares were up 0.5% Thursday, and have gained about 36% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 has fallen 15%.
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March 19, 2020 09:56 ET (13:56 GMT)
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