Tesla Stock Soars on Analyst Bull Notes

The equity is up 459% year-over-year

Fernanda Horner
Jul 6, 2020 at 11:03 AM
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The shares Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) are up 7.5% at $1,300.20 at last check, earlier touching an all-time-high of $1,309.75, after the electric vehicle maker earned price target hikes from both J.P Morgan Securities and Deutsche Bank. Respectively, the firms hiked to $295 and $1,000, after over the weekend, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter the company would expand mega factories in Asia outside of China.

The equity has swiftly recovered from its mid-March lows near the $350 level, when it was forced to close factories in the U.S. due to California stay-at-home orders. Now, shares have more than tripled and are breaking records daily, with consistent support from the stock's 20-day moving over the past three months. Year-over-year, TSLA sports a jaw-dropping 459.7% lead, and today the stock is eyeing a fifth straight gain.

Despite its positive price action, analysts were mostly skeptical toward the equity coming into today, with eight of the 22 in coverage calling it a "sell" or worse, nine carrying a tepid "hold," and only five sporting a "strong buy." Meanwhile, the 12-month consensus target price of $732.14 is a massive 43.8% discount to current levels, meaning more price-target hikes could be on the horizon.

In the options pits, however, calls are trading at nearly twice the average intraday amount. Most popular by far are the July 1300-, 1400- and 1500-strike calls, with new positions being opened at all three.

Lastly, Tesla stock's Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS) sits at the highest possible 100. This shows the stock has far exceeded option traders' volatility expectations during the past year -- a boon for option buyers.


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