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Tesla stock price rebounds sharply with CEO Elon Musk still in charge

Tesla stock price rebounds sharply with CEO Elon Musk still in charge

The results could prove to be a watershed moment for Musk, who jeopardized his future with Tesla by prematurely claiming he had the funding and investor support to take the carmaker private.

Tesla missed its weekly Model 3 production target on Tuesday and said it was facing a 40 percent import tariff in China due to the ongoing U.S-China trade war.

A total of 53,239 Model 3 vehicles rolled off Tesla's assembly line during the third quarter, hitting Musk's target of 50,000 to 55,000 for Tesla's first electric auto designed for the mass market, and almost doubling the second quarter's volume. But Tesla has failed to meet another goal it set for itself: It had wanted to produce 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week on a consistent basis.

It's been a tough year for Tesla.

The release did not directly address the lots full of Tesla cars that have reportedly filled up around the country, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Dallas, and Chicago, as The New York Times reported Tuesday. Since then the company has been striving to sustain and increase that level. Musk and Tesla will each pay $20 million to resolve the case. "If Musk can step away from the external stuff that doesn't matter, he'll make the game that much easier for himself, and that will be good for everyone, just like this settlement".

Tesla Inc announced record quarterly vehicle production numbers on Tuesday but warned it was facing major problems with selling cars in China due to new tariffs that will force it to accelerate investment in its factory in Shanghai. We also want to thank all of our customers who volunteered to help us with deliveries, and our new customers who are showing their faith in Tesla by purchasing our products in such large numbers.

Investors on Tuesday seemed to interpret the email to mean that Tesla won't post a profit for the third quarter, something that Musk had promised when addressing stock market analysts in early August.

"We are very close to achieving profitability and proving the naysayers wrong, but, to be certain, we must execute really well tomorrow (Sunday)", the last day of the quarter, Musk said. "If we go all out tomorrow, we will achieve an epic victory beyond all expectations". Production including 53,239 Model 3s, fulfilling guidance of between 50,000 to 55,000 vehicles for the latest quarter.

The numbers initially lifted Tesla shares but they fell later as investors anxious about the company's warning that a 40-percent tariff on Chinese imports of its cars was blocking sales in the world's biggest electric auto market. My vehicle is one of these.

Where Tesla was in "production hell" a year ago, it is now in "delivery logistics hell", according to Musk. "@Tesla @elonmusk... Please make this right". "Should be solved shortly".