Tesla targets Facebook, value of shares in striking distance
Tesla Inc. shares rallied on Wednesday, extending a recent advance that has brought the electric-vehicle company’s market value within striking distance of matching Facebook Inc.’s.
Shares of Tesla rose 4.8%, giving it a market capitalization of more than $730 billion. Facebook declined 2%, taking its valuation to roughly $756 billion.
Tesla currently stands as the sixth-largest stock in the S&P 500 in terms of its market capitalization. Apple Inc. is the largest, with a valuation of about $2.2 trillion, while Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc., and Alphabet Inc. all have market caps above $1 trillion.
The Wednesday moves in Tesla and Facebook came after Democrats edged closer to taking control of the Senate, an outcome that was seen as supportive for electric-vehicle companies and a risk for tech given the prospect of new regulation. However, Tesla has been a strong performer for months, soaring more than 740% over the course of 2020.
Facebook rose more than 30% last year, but the stock remains down more than 12% from a peak hit in August.
In terms of S&P 500 stocks, Tesla is trailed by Berkshire Hathaway, which has a valuation of nearly $535 billion.