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Why Tesla Inc. Stock Is Trading Higher

By Daniel Sparks - Apr 3, 2017 at 11:45AM

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Robust first-quarter deliveries have Tesla investors looking up as the company readies its Model 3 for a launch in the second half of 2017.

What happened

Shares of electric-car maker Tesla (TSLA 4.67%) jumped as much as 5.7% on Monday after the electric-car maker reported first-quarter deliveries. At the time of this writing, shares are up 5.4%, with the stock trading at about $292.

So what

Tesla stock's higher price follows the company's update on first-quarter vehicle deliveries. Tesla delivered just over 25,000 vehicles, up 69% year over year. Of the 25,000 deliveries, about 13,450 were Model S and 11,550 were Model X. This compares to 12,420 and 2,400 Model S and Model X deliveries, respectively, in the year-ago quarter.

A white Model X with its falcon wing doors open.

Model X. Image source: Tesla.

The deliveries were a record high for Tesla and put the company on track to meet its guidance for 50,000 deliveries in the first half of the year.

Now what

Tesla's ability to hit the target adds more substance to the company's longer-term, more ambitious growth plans. With the help of a planned Model 3 launch during the second half of 2017, Tesla expects its annualized vehicle production to soar from a current rate of about 100,000 units to 500,000 units next year.

Daniel Sparks owns shares of Tesla. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Tesla. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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