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Tesla could see 50% rally as negative media coverage gets ‘increasingly immaterial,’ says Baird

A Wall Street firm is predicting that Tesla shares (NASDAQ:TSLA) will soon see a 50% rally despite continued negative coverage from the media. 

In a note to clients on Wednesday, Baird analyst Ben Kallo maintained an “Outperform” rating on Tesla stock. According to Kallo, the negative media coverage that has hit Tesla over the past month are “increasingly immaterial,” and appear to be hitting their peak.  

“Negative headlines have increased substantially in the past month and, in our opinion, increasingly immaterial reports have dominated news cycles. We think we have hit a peak in negative coverage/sentiment, and believe shares could appreciate significantly with execution, which should coincide with an improvement in sentiment,” the Baird analyst wrote, according to a CNBC report.

Kallo further predicted that Tesla would eventually address the production issues that have plagued the Model 3 line so far. The analyst also noted that production deliveries rose 83 percent annually since 2012 for Tesla’s previous offerings.

“Tesla has managed to successfully ramp production of the Model S and X, albeit on a slower timeline than initially expected. While the Model 3 production delay is (rightfully) a focus for investors, we believe a six-month production delay is minor over the long run,” Kallo wrote.

Ultimately, Baird reaffirmed its price target of $411 per share for Tesla stock, representing a 49.5% upside to Tuesday’s close.

Baird’s positive predictions for Tesla comes just a few days after investment bank Berenberg raised its price target for the electric car and energy company to $500 per share. In a note published last Friday, Berenberg analyst Alexander Haissl stated that Tesla is capable of achieving a 25% gross margin for the Model 3. The investment firm also reiterated its “Buy” rating for Tesla stock.

Tesla appears to be steadily improving its pace for the production of the Model 3. Earlier today, reports emerged that Tesla has registered more than 7,000 new Model 3 VINs — its largest single batch to date. With the latest filings, Tesla has logged more than 51,000 VINs for the compact electric car. Tesla has opened orders for the Model 3 dual-motor AWD and Performance variants as well, suggesting that the company is starting to hit its stride in the production of the compact electric car.

Tesla has seen some positive news as of late. Consumer Reports, which opted not to give the Model 3 a recommendation over braking issues in the vehicle it tested, stated that it would be willing to re-evaluate the electric car after it receives a software update. In a statement to Reuters, a Tesla representative from Beijing reported that the company is lowering the prices of the Model S and Model X by over 6% as well, allowing the company to slash off as much as $14,000 off the cost of the all-electric luxury SUV.

As of writing, Tesla stock is trading up 0.32% at $275.88 per share.

Disclosure: I have no ownership in shares of TSLA and have no plans to initiate any positions within 72 hours.

Tesla could see 50% rally as negative media coverage gets ‘increasingly immaterial,’ says Baird
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