Tesla Motors (TSLA) saw a jump in its stock price after analysts at Deutsche Bank (DB) reiterated their buy rating and raised the price target from $160 to $200 a share. Shares were up 3.3 percent in premarket trading and had popped almost 8.25 percent by mid afternoon. The gains helped push Tesla’s stock price to a new high of $180.30 a share.
Deutsche Bank Optimistic about Tesla’s Prospects
Analysts at the German bank saw reason to believe in Tesla’s continued growth despite a price that already significantly outpaces its earnings.
“Based on conversations with management and monitoring information available on Tesla owners’ blogs, we believe that the company is on-track to modestly outperform Q3 margin expectations,” said Dan Galves, lead analyst for Tesla at Deutsche, while noting growing demand across the United States and Europe and increasing production rates at Tesla factories. "As Tesla continues to execute to margin targets and demonstrate strong demand for their product, confidence in the late-decade volume, margin, and earnings estimates that justify upside to the current valuation will likely grow."
Deutsche Bank weren’t the only ones with a rosy outlook for Tesla stock. Northland Securities said that vin numbers have increased to 7,000 since the start of the quarter and 6,000 deliveries or more are likely in Q3. Southland stated that this made Q3 pro-forma earnings estimates look conservative and boosted its own price target to $230 while reiterating its outperform rating.
Elon Musk Net Worth Keeps Growing
Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, has been in the news all year, between a high-profile conflict with the New York Times to his proposal to the state of California for the high-speed train known as the HyperLoop. Musk, who also co-founded PayPal (EBAY) owns a 32 percent stake in Tesla, and has seen shares in his company more than quadruple this year, gaining over 370 percent just since the start of April and putting estimates of his net worth north of $6.5 billion.