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Tesla Muscles Its Way into the Nasdaq’s Top Stocks

Last Updated September 23, 2020 12:52 PM
Gerelyn Terzo
Last Updated September 23, 2020 12:52 PM

Don’t look now, but Tesla is having a good day. While much of the broader stock market traded under pressure, Tesla managed to eke out some gains in the final session of the week. It wasn’t by much, as TSLA was only up a fraction of a percent, but considering that most other stocks in the tech-laden index got pummeled, it’s an impressive feat from Elon Musk’s unpredictable company. In addition to Tesla, other stocks that bucked the otherwise downward trend in the Nasdaq today include Sirius XM, Micron Technology, and NXP Semiconductors.

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Tesla stock bucked the otherwise downward trend in the market today. | Source: Yahoo Finance

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Tesla may have been spared from the bloodbath in the broader stock market because of its progress with solar roof tiles. Remember, Tesla unveiled its solar roof tiles in 2017 but in true Elon Musk style ran into some hiccups. Now they are ready to test the tiles in Fremont, Calif., and if this is any indication, Tesla’s solar business could finally be about to pay off. Incidentally, Elon Musk is back in the prediction business, raising the eyebrows of investors who remember Tesla’s recent run-in with the SEC.

Big Fish, Small Pond

Despite Tesla’s worse-than-expected second-quarter loss, it still managed to make the list of Nasdaq winners today. That’s not the only list the company made it onto.

Elon Musk remains a big fish in the pond of electric vehicles. The Tesla Model 3 topped the list of the leading electric automakers in the U.S. so far in 2019, according to InsideEVs.com . More than 81,000 Model 3 vehicles have been sold, far outpacing the No. 2 spot, which incidentally also belongs to Musk’s company. The Model X sold just over 10,200 vehicles. Tesla reappears on the list in the No. 4 position for the Model S, of which 8,200 vehicles have been sold year-to-date. Something to keep in mind is that these results only reflect the U.S. market, and Tesla is very popular in China, Norway, and the UK, for instance. The Tesla Model 3 has also reportedly finally made its way to Australia  after a long wait.

Elon Musk has the ambitious goal of selling between 360,000 and 400,000 vehicles this year. If he pulls it off, Tesla’s stock could find itself among the top-performing stocks in the Nasdaq more often.