Lucid Stock (NASDAQ:LCID)
On Thursday, shares of luxury electric vehicle manufacturer Lucid Group (NASDAQ:LCID) are declining. The lucid stock started off the new year with a rise of up to 20%, but as of 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time today, they were down 8.5%.
It was not news from a financial update that impacted the Lucid stock today; that will occur on February 22 when the firm releases its results for the fourth quarter of 2022. Rather, investors are predicting difficulty when Lucid updates investors the next month because of news from one of the company’s competitors. The most recent price decrease announcement by electric vehicle (EV) industry leader Tesla has caused the stock prices of rival EV manufacturers to plunge. And a piece published today in Barron’s on the consequences may have been the impetus for keeping the negative trend continuing in companies like Lucid.
This analysis emphasizes Tesla’s leading position in the industry. It corroborates recent claims of surges in demand for Tesla cars after the company’s price reductions in the United States. Luxury electric sedans are offered by Lucid, which is run by Peter Rawlinson, a former senior engineer at Tesla. Rawlinson was instrumental in developing the Tesla Model S, which Lucid is attempting to compete with.
The price reduction that Tesla implemented were primarily directed at improving sales of its Models Y and 3. Before the price cut, the performance variants of those cars sold for around $70,000 and $63,000, respectively, which puts them towards the upper end of the market. Tesla has now differentiated those models by giving them prices more in line with the mainstream, which may reduce Lucid’s consumer market.
On the other hand, Lucid primarily aims at a far more affluent clientele since its entry-level model starts at about $90000. Therefore, Tesla may be gaining more market share due to its price reduction. Still, it’s unlikely that Lucid’s core customers are among them. Investors in Lucid stock are exposed to a sufficient amount of risk even if they do not participate in a pricing war. Suppose the firm does not disclose a significant increase in its production volume forecasts for 2023 when it provides its guidance for this year at the end of the next month. In that case, the stock might fall to new lows.
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