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A Tesla showroom in Manhattan. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Tesla almost reached Elon Musk's goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 electric sedans per week during the last week of its second quarter, reports Reuters. The 5,000th car made it through final quality checks around 5 a.m. PT — mere hours after Musk's midnight deadline.

Why it matters: Achieving the 5000-per-week production level for the Model 3 during the second quarter was vital for Tesla, even if it came a few hours late. The company has previously fallen short of production targets during the slower-than-expected ramp-up.

Yes, but: It remains to be seen how much confidence among investors and analysts that the seeming success in hitting the deadline will create. As Reuters notes, a key question is how long Tesla can sustain that production level.

  • The company took aggressive measures at its California factory to meet the target, and it’s unclear to what extent the final push to boost Model 3 output may have required pulling resources from other models.

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Chaz Neal, a Redwing community activist, outside the Minnesota Governor's residence during a protest in support of George Floyd in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.

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President Biden said Saturday that the Senate passage of his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package means the $1,400 direct payments for most Americans can begin going out later this month.

Driving the news: The Senate voted 50-49 Saturday to approve the sweeping legislation. The House is expected to pass the Senate's version of the bill next week before it heads to Biden's desk for his signature.