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Tesla surges almost 20%, biggest daily rise in a year

Tesla surges almost 20%, biggest daily rise in a year

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a face mask following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walks by Tesla Model 3 sedans and Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle at a new Tesla showroom in Shanghai, China May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Yilei Sun

Shares of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc surged nearly 20 per cent on Tuesday (Mar 9), rebounding from a deep selloff with its largest daily gain in a year after data showed an increase in China sales and an analyst raised his rating on the stock.

The jump, which added more than US$100 billion to Tesla's market capitalisation, stopped a five-day streak of losses for the company in a Nasdaq slump in which investors spooked by rising interest rates have abandoned growth stocks with heady valuations.

New Street Research analyst Pierre Ferragu raised his Tesla rating to "buy" from "neutral", and upped his target price to US$900 from US$578.

Tesla's stock ended at US$673.58 after its strongest daily rise since February 2020. The stock remains down more than 20 per cent from its January record high.

Traders exchanged nearly US$43 billion worth of Tesla shares, more than any other stock and almost triple the second most-traded company, which was Apple, according to Refinitiv data.

"As much as the market severely corrected the recent excesses of optimism reflected in Tesla’s valuation, our recent work strengthened our confidence about the solid outlook for the company in the next two years," Ferragu wrote in a client note.

Tesla sold 18,318 China-made vehicles in February, up from 15,484 in January, Chinese auto industry body CPCA said.

Cathie Wood, whose US$25 billion ARK Innovation exchange-traded fund is the largest actively managed ETF tracked by Lipper, said on a webcast that she saw the recent stock market selloff as a buying opportunity, the Financial Times reported.

Tesla is the largest holding of ARK Innovation, which is popular with retail investors. The ARK Innovation fund was up 10 per cent on Tuesday.

Tesla's stock remains up about 70 per cent over the past six months. Thirteen analysts have neutral ratings on Tesla, while 12 recommend buying and 10 recommend selling, according to Refinitiv.

Tuesday's Tesla rally accompanied a 3.7 per cent jump in the Nasdaq, as U.S. bond yields retreated and investors picked up battered technology stocks. Tesla was the biggest contributor to the 1.4 per cent gain in the S&P 500, which it joined in December.

Source: Reuters

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