Tesla Inc. stock and American depositary shares of Nio Inc. got price-target increases on Monday, with Wall Street emphasizing the electric-car makers’ tech-company side.
B. of A. analysts raised their price target on Tesla
stock to $900, from $500, praising Tesla’s fourth-quarter sales as “solid” and saying that the company’s $5 billion stock offering in December reinforces their view that it “will utilize its stock to raise low-cost equity capital to fund accelerated growth.”
“(Tesla) stock is driven by growth afforded by valuation,” the analysts, led by John Murphy, said in a note.
“The higher the upward spiral of (Tesla’s) stock goes, the cheaper capital becomes to fund growth, which is then rewarded by investors with a higher stock price. The inverse of this dynamic is also true, and it is this self-fulfilling framework that appears to explain the extreme moves in (Tesla) stock to the upside and downside,” the analysts said.
Tesla shares took a breather on Monday following an unprecedented 11-day winning run in previous days. The stock is up 776% in the past 12 months, compared with gains around 17% for the S&P 500 index
in the same period.
Nio ADRs rallied on Monday, trading as high as $66.89 earlier and up nearly 9% at last check. A close higher would be a second straight record high for Nio.
The company held a “Nio Day” on Saturday, unveiling a new luxury sedan, the ET7, and showcasing its technological advances. The ET7 and its autonomous driving capabilities will feature Nvidia Corp.’s
“orin” chip, in a partnership also announced Saturday.
The “Nio Day” reveals led analysts at JPMorgan to increase their price target on the ADRs to $75, from $50, and “sustain our view that Nio will continue to trade more like a fast-growth technology/EV stock than a carmaker,” the analysts said. They kept their rating on Nio’s ADRs at their equivalent of buy.
Nio’s ADRs have gained more than 1,700% in the past 12 months.