Business

Tesla's stock is out of this world -- up 114% this year

Posted February 4, 2020 9:55 a.m. EST
Updated February 4, 2020 10:27 a.m. EST

— Tesla's stock soared on Tuesday, continuing a remarkable rally in which the stock has soared for days, weeks and months.

The company's stock rose as much as 20.5%, trading as high as $940. That valued Tesla at about $170 billion.

Over the past two days, Tesla's stock is up 40%. This year, it has more than doubled. And Tesla shares have jumped 233% in the past six months. That momentum is dialing up the pressure on investors shorting the automaker's shares.

Driving the gains is increasingly bullish sentiment from Wall Street analysts, who are looking for the company's new plant in Shanghai to drive growth.

Solid earnings from Japan's Panasonic, which supplies Tesla with batteries, also provided a boost, according to Reuters.

Toyota is now the only carmaker in the world more valuable than Tesla, even though of the top 10 auto manufacturers, Tesla makes up only 2% of total revenues, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

The company's stock is the most shorted in the United States — though those betting it will fall have had a tough year, because if the shares rise before they can cash out they have to buy the shares at the higher price to cover their position.

Tesla short sellers have lost more than $8 billion on paper so far in 2020, according to S3 Partners, a financial analytics firm, and $2.5 billion on Monday alone.

-- CNN's Daniela Sirtori-Cortina contributed to this report

Our commenting policy has changed. If you would like to comment, please share on social media using the icons below and comment there.