Tesla stock (NASDAQ:TSLA) continued its rise on Monday amidst the release of two positive outlooks from Roth Capital Partners and Baird, both of whom have expressed their optimism on the electric car maker and the demand for its vehicles, especially the Model 3.
Following meetings with several Chinese EV producers and relevant supply chain participants, Roth Capital Partners analyst Craig Irwin upgraded Tesla shares from a “Neutral” rating to a “Buy.” Irwin also gave the electric car maker a $238 per share price target.
Irwin noted that while rising battery costs will likely be a 2019 margin headwind for Tesla, demand for the company’s electric cars in China will likely be stronger than what was previously anticipated. Considering that China’s Model 3 deliveries were expected to have reached 2,324 units in May, Tesla could very well see a “credible” second half of 2019, according to Irwin.
Longtime TSLA bull Ben Kallo from Baird also noted on Monday that he expects positive news from the electric car maker during its Annual Shareholder Meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the Computer History Museum located in Mountain View, CA. Kallo maintained his optimistic $340 per share price target for Tesla stock, a 66% upside from TSLA’s closing price last Friday.
The Baird analyst further argued that Model 3 demand had been underestimated, particularly amidst the recent emergence of the “demand problem” thesis from the company’s skeptics. “Weak demand remains at the forefront as a bear argument, and while it appears Model S+X demand has softened, we continue to believe Model 3 demand is underestimated. Positive updates in recent weeks, including leaked emails and reports of strong deliveries, appear to have improved sentiment on demand, which we view positively,” Kallo stated.
Roth Capital and Baird are not the only firms that have taken a positive stance on Tesla recently. Piper Jaffray analyst Alexander Potter also maintained his “Overweight” rating on TSLA stock, as well as his $396 per share price target. In a note to the firm’s clients, Potter noted that among the reasons to doubt his Overweight thesis, Tesla’s “weak demand is among the least convincing.”
Tesla appears to be poised to surprise this second quarter, as suggested by a leaked Elon Musk email which hinted at the company potentially exceeding its record deliveries in Q4 2018, a time when over 90,000 vehicles were delivered to customers. A later email from the CEO to Tesla employees also noted that the company needs to dig deep this second quarter to achieve an “all-time record for Tesla vehicle deliveries and an awesome victory.”
As of writing, Tesla stock is trading +5.70% at $216.11 per share.
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