Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Shares Surge After Morgan Stanley’s Report


Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) shares did an about-face today, surging as much as 13% after a mix of positive reports bringing upward momentum to the automaker’s stock. For one, German regulators decided after investigating that there are no defects in the Model S which contributed to the three recent fires in North America.

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In addition, analysts from at least two firms have issued positive reports on Tesla this morning, adding fuel to the fire, so to speak.

Morgan Stanley calls Tesla’s plunge a buying opportunity

Analysts at Jefferies and Morgan Stanley weighed in on Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA). Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas listed Tesla as his top pick out of the 26 different companies his firm follows in the U.S. auto industry. Jonas said although the slide after the three Model S fires may have been justified, he expected shares to bounce back because the automaker’s long-term trajectory was still intact. He said the fires shouldn’t cause any “material damage” to Tesla’s business and that they would buy shares.

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The analyst has a $153 per share price target on Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA). He said at the automaker’s highest point, it was “due for a big correction” because there was “little or no valuation support on near-term expectations.” Jonas reiterated his Overweight rating on the automaker.

Jefferies weighs in on Germany news

Analysts at Jefferies issued their report after Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) revealed last night that German regulators ruled not to issue a recall on the Model S after their investigation into the three fires. Jefferies analyst Elaine Kwei reiterated her Buy rating on the automaker, although she did lower her price target to $190 from $210 per share.


Kwei said after the news about the German investigation was released that investors should be more confident that the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration probe will also result in a favorable outcome. She said this would offer yet another catalyst for Tesla.


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