By Klavs Valters
2020 was a good year for electric car space. We have seen shares of most electric car makers surge considerably and take steps to take the industry to the next level, most notably Tesla and NIO.
Top 5 automakers by market cap*
*As of 13/1/21
Source: Companies Market Cap
The share price of the World’s largest electric car maker (by market cap) Tesla rose above $700 at the end of last year, and it has continued to climb up to above $800 per share. The recent price surge made Elon Musk the richest person in the World at $202 billion, passing Amazon owner Jeff Bezos.
Goldman Sachs recently raised their price target for the stock from $455 to $780, keeping its rating at ”neutral” despite the price target upgrade. ”We believe that the shift toward battery electric vehicle adoption is accelerating and will occur faster than our prior view” they added.
On the other hand, JPMorgan sees the share price plummeting by 87% to 90% a share in 2021. Tesla stock is “in our view and by virtually every conventional metric not only overvalued but dramatically so,” a team of JPMorgan analysts led by Ryan Brinkman said last month.
The share price is currently trading at around the $854 level, up by 16% since the beginning of the year. Tesla are set to report earnings on 2/2/21.
Tesla was not the only electric car maker making headlines in 2020. NIO, the Chinese electric car manufacturer also made moves in the electric vehicle (EV) space. The share price of the ”Chinese Tesla” rose by around 1,110% last year, making it one of the best performing large-cap stocks of the year.
There are a few reasons why the stock has risen recently. The company recently announced its first luxury sedan – ET7. The new model will start at $69,000 and have will an estimated driving range of 620 miles on a full charge, according to the company. NIO also announced that it is teaming up with Nvidia and Qualcomm.
Following the latest news, JPMorgan announced that they have increased their price target for the ”Chinese Tesla” from $40 to $75 per share.
The share price is currently trading at around the $62 level, up by 16% since the beginning of the year. Tesla are set to report earnings on 9/3/21.
The electric vehicle industry is expected to grow in the coming years with many countries around the World announcing bans on selling new petrol and diesel cars in the next decade.
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By Klavs Valters
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