Tesla's S&P 500 debut may lead to $8 billion demand: Goldman Sachs

Tesla's rising fortunes and growing EV popularity have turned even the skeptics in its favor.Recently, Morgan Stanley gave Elon Musk's company an overweight rating for the first time in three years.
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| Updated on: 22 Nov 2020, 03:21 PM
A Tesla sign is seen on the Shanghai Gigafactory of the US electric car maker before a delivery ceremony in Shanghai. (REUTERS)
A Tesla sign is seen on the Shanghai Gigafactory of the US electric car maker before a delivery ceremony in Shanghai. (REUTERS)
A Tesla sign is seen on the Shanghai Gigafactory of the US electric car maker before a delivery ceremony in Shanghai. (REUTERS)
A Tesla sign is seen on the Shanghai Gigafactory of the US electric car maker before a delivery ceremony in Shanghai.

Tesla’s already impressive stock market rally might be on the verge of a further massive boost.

The electric carmaker’s scheduled December 21 inclusion in the S&P 500 Index could result in $8 billion of demand from active US large-cap mutual funds, analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. wrote in a note on Friday.

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“Of the 189 large-cap core funds in our universe, 157 funds that manage around $500 billion in assets under management did not hold Tesla on September 30," the analysts wrote. Assuming those funds chose to hold the carmaker at benchmark weight, they would need to buy $8 billion of the stock, or about 2% of Tesla’s market value, the analysts said.

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The shares were 0.5% lower US pre-market trading, but set for a 22% weekly gain after Thursday’s all-time high. Tesla is the best-performing large-cap stock in the US this year, soaring about 500%, as investors show increasing confidence that electric cars, trucks and buses will dominate the future of the auto and transportation industries.

As Tesla’s market value burgeons, the Palo Alto-based company is also winning over some long-term skeptics. Morgan Stanley analysts this week gave Tesla an overweight rating for the first time in more than three years, predicting that Elon Musk’s firm is on the verge of a “profound model shift" from selling cars to generating high-margin software and services revenue.

First Published Date: 22 Nov 2020, 03:20 PM IST
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