Tesla’s 31 Stock Split Wins Shareholder Approval—Here’s What It Means For

Shares of electric vehicle maker Tesla rallied in after-hours trading Thursday as the company won shareholder approval for a 3:1 stock split, the second such move in around two years, as the world’s most valuable automaker looks to make its stock more affordable.“When stocks trade in a so-called comfortable range, everyday investors can more easily afford a piece of the company,” according to Lindsey Bell, Ally’s chief money & markets strategist. “That drives more interest in the shares and more interest means more people trading the stock.”Tesla reported mixed second quarter earnings last month which largely beat analyst expectations. Production took a hit, however, worrying analysts as the company was impacted by ongoing supply chain disruptions as well as a factory closure in China that was due to Covid-related government lockdowns. Tesla’s quarterly revenue of $16.9 billion rose 42% from a year ago, though it fell from a record high of $18.7 billion in the previous quarter, ending the company’s streak of record profits. “In a nutshell, the quarter was better than feared with healthy guidance” for the rest of the year, which certainly “look[s] achievable with no margin for error,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said following the earnings report. Tesla shares are overpriced and could plunge more than 50%, according to Citi analysts, who maintain a “sell” rating on the stock with a $424 price target. “The current valuation remains challenging,” especially when considering that the few other companies that achieved a similar market cap did so by generating on average around $100 billion in annualized gross profit versus Tesla’s annualized profit of $20 billion in the first half of the year, the firm points out. That’s how much Tesla CEO Elon Musk is worth, according to Forbes’ estimates. He is the world’s richest person. Tesla Shares Rally Despite Slowdown In Profits, Impact From China Shutdown (Forbes)

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