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Tesla Fell Sharply After Musk Cut Off Analysts On Q1 Earnings Conference Call

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Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares traded down nearly 8 percent Thursday morning after a Wednesday afternoon earnings call described as “bizarre” — a “sparring session.”

What Happened

CEO Elon Musk interrupted two analysts on the call to assert that “boring, bonehead questions” about capital requirements and Model 3 reservations “are not cool.”

“These questions are so dry. They're killing me,” Musk said.

He also advised analysts “not [to] make a federal” investigation of the guided gross margin ramp for the Model 3.

Why It’s Important

Musk’s deflection of fundamental business discussions failed to allay concerns over the firm’s $1 billion quarterly cash burn and persistent target misses.

The CEO’s inability or unwillingness to confirm production progress and the status of the balance sheet — factors critical to investment theses — catalyzed a sharp and sustained sell-off during the call.

What’s Next

The answers investor seek may not be seen until the next mandated report, when numbers testify to cash burn, vehicle deliveries, gross margins and production rates.

Tesla's stock traded around $278.98 at time of publication, down 7.7 percent.

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