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Tesla’s stock surges 43% in a month amid strong EV deliveries

Key Points

  • Upward Trend: Tesla’s stock has surged 43 per cent in a month, erasing year-to-date losses.
  • Delivery Boost: Strong Q2 electric vehicle deliveries exceeded expectations and boosted investor confidence.
  • Growth Beyond Cars: Tesla’s energy storage business is seen as a key area of growth, diversifying its portfolio.
  • China Market Access: Inclusion of Tesla’s Model Y in a key Chinese government procurement list could expand its market share.
  • AI Potential: Wall Street analysts are bullish on Tesla’s potential in Artificial Intelligence, with “Robotaxi Day” creating excitement.
  • Challenges Remain: Stiff competition from Chinese EV makers and a slowdown in US EV demand pose challenges.
  • Future Uncertainties: CEO acknowledges near-term demand struggles as the industry transitions.
  • Key Events to Watch: Q2 earnings report (July 23) and “Robotaxi Day” (August 8) for insights into future strategy and self-driving advancements.

 

Tesla (TSLA) stock has been on a remarkable ascent, extending its rally for the eighth consecutive session with a 2 per cent rise on Friday. This recent surge has erased the company’s year-to-date losses, with a 43 per cent increase over the past month and a 37 per cent rally in just eight sessions.

This recovery is particularly noteworthy, considering Tesla’s stock had plummeted by as much as 40% year-to-date as of mid-April. The broader S&P 500 index, in contrast, has seen a more modest 4% rise over the same period.

Key Drivers Behind the Rally

Several factors have contributed to Tesla’s impressive stock performance. One of the primary catalysts was the company’s better-than-expected second-quarter electric vehicle deliveries, which significantly boosted investor confidence.

In addition, Tesla’s energy storage business, a rapidly growing segment, has been highlighted by analysts as a key growth area.

Also Read: Tesla stock soars on positive expectations for Q2 delivery figures

According to Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas, Tesla’s recent achievements in reducing inventory by 33,000 units and delivering a large storage beat underscore the company’s diversified portfolio beyond just automobiles.

Another positive development came from China, where Tesla’s locally built Model Y was included in Jiangsu province’s government procurement list. This inclusion means that Chinese public organisations can now purchase Tesla vehicles, a notable shift given past data privacy concerns that had prevented such acquisitions.

With Tesla’s market share of all-electric vehicle sales in China hovering around 10%, this new approval could provide a further boost.

Wall Street’s Optimism

Wall Street analysts have also played a role in Tesla’s stock rally. Wedbush analyst Dan Ives recently increased his price target for Tesla shares from $275 to $300, citing the company’s potential in artificial intelligence (AI).

Ives emphasised that Tesla is currently the most undervalued AI play in the market and highlighted the upcoming “Robotaxi Day” on August 8 as a pivotal moment for the company.

During this event, Tesla is expected to unveil its much-anticipated robotaxi, which could pave the way for a future dominated by autonomous vehicles.

Challenges and Future Outlook

Despite the recent gains, Tesla still faces several challenges. The company has been dealing with stiff competition from Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers and a slowdown in EV demand in the US. In response to these pressures, Tesla implemented significant cost-cutting measures earlier this year, including a 10 per cent reduction in its global workforce and price cuts to stimulate sales.

During Tesla’s recent shareholder meeting, CEO Elon Musk acknowledged the near-term challenges, noting that demand and sales would continue to struggle as the industry undergoes a transitional phase.

Analysts like Barclays’ Dan Levy have expressed cautious optimism, recognising Tesla’s strong recent performance but warning of potential future price cuts and ongoing demand issues.

Tesla’s upcoming quarterly results, scheduled for release on July 23, will be closely watched by investors. The market will be looking for indications of sustained growth and insights into the company’s future strategies.

Also Read: Tesla nears top 10 global stocks with market cap surge

The Robotaxi Day event on August 8 will also be a critical juncture, with investors eager to learn more about Tesla’s advancements in full self-driving technology and its plans for the autonomous vehicle market.

Tesla’s recent stock rally is a testament to the company’s resilience and its ability to capitalise on growth opportunities in both the automotive and energy sectors. While challenges remain, the optimistic outlook from analysts and upcoming strategic announcements suggest that Tesla’s stock may continue its upward trajectory.

As the market awaits further developments, particularly in AI and autonomous driving, Tesla’s ability to innovate and adapt will be key to sustaining its momentum and securing its position as a leader in the electric vehicle industry.

Samuel Bolaji

Samuel Bolaji holds a Master of Letters in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is an experienced researcher, multimedia journalist, writer, and Editor. He is currently the Editor of Arbiterz.

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