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Tesla (TSLA) crosses $60B market cap amid upbeat Model 3 production sentiment

Shares of Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) were up 1.49%, trading at $357.20 after the opening bell on Monday. As the week’s trading opens, Tesla has pushed its market cap beyond the $60 billion mark once more.

Tesla ended Friday on a high note, with shares up 1.70% at $352.05 per share, in what appears to be the California-based electric car and energy company’s rebound from its plunge back in February 9, when the electric carmaker’s stock dipped as low as $294.76 per share. Since then, however, Tesla’s shares have climbed nearly 20%, reaching a $358.99 intraday high in Friday’s trading before settling at $355.40 and ending the week with a company market cap of $59.45 billion.

According to Michael Kramer, the founder of Mott Capital Management LLC and an investment adviser, Tesla’s performance over the past few weeks could propel the electric car maker and energy firm’s stocks back to its all-time highs if it manages to advance beyond $359.

The Mott Capital founder noted that investor sentiments for Tesla’s shares seem to be affected by a strong, consistent demand for the Model S and X. Apart from this, Tesla’s online community has also been recently abuzz over reports stating that the Elon Musk-led firm is now taking Model 3 orders from non-Tesla owners.

“If the price of the stock can manage to advance beyond $359, it has a reasonably clear path at this point that can lead back to its previous highs at roughly $386, a rise of approximately 10% from its price of $352 on February 23,” says Kramer.

Kramer also noted that a recent initiative from Bloomberg, which tracks the VIN numbers of Model 3s on the road, seems to indicate that Tesla’s pace in producing the mass market electric car is steadily improving. So far, Bloomberg’s tracker, which has tallied 8,608 cars so far, estimates that Tesla is producing 1,052 Model 3 every week.

The investment advisor is particularly optimistic about Tesla’s performance in the stock market due to the company’s support level. According to the analyst, the behavior of Tesla’s shares over the past couple of weeks shows what is almost an “impenetrable wall” of technical support between $290 and $300.

“As the stock has risen, it has cleared two multi-month downtrends, while the third downtrend appears to have just been breached. Meanwhile, each level of technical resistance is also being taken out.”

Kramer further noted that as Tesla’s shares continue to climb over the next few weeks. The investment advisor noted, however, that it is imperative for Tesla to hit its goal of producing 2,500 Model 3 a week by the end of March for this to happen.

Tesla’s shareholders have an important day coming in March, as the company is set to vote on CEO Elon Musk’s high-risk, high reward performance award for the next ten years. The votation will be held in a short session at the Tesla Training Center at 45201 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, California 94538 on March 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. PST.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions.

Tesla (TSLA) crosses $60B market cap amid upbeat Model 3 production sentiment
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