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How to buy Tesla (TSLA) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Tesla shares.

Tesla Inc is an auto manufacturers business based in the US. Tesla shares (TSLA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Tesla employs 70,757 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$41.9 billion.

How to buy shares in Tesla

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  2. Open your brokerage account. Complete an application with your details.
  3. Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – TSLA – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

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How has Coronavirus impacted Tesla's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Tesla's stock price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was $843.03, which is 6.43% down on its pre-crash value of $901 and 140.52% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $350.51.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Tesla stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $555.89 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,079.08.

Is it a good time to buy Tesla stock?

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Tesla shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-15.
Latest market close$843.03
52-week range$379.11 - $895.90
50-day moving average $761.11
200-day moving average $686.15
Wall St. target price$700.30
PE ratio 438.8508
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.90

Tesla stock price (NASDAQ: TSLA)

Use our graph to track the performance of TSLA stocks over time.

Tesla price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $843.03 from 2021-10-15

1 week (2021-10-08) N/A
1 month (2021-09-15) N/A
3 months (2021-07-19) 30.46%
6 months (2021-04-19) 17.97%
1 year (2020-10-19) 95.68%
2 years (2019-10-18) 228.09%
3 years (2018-10-19) 224.24%
5 years (2016-10-19) 314.14%

Is Tesla under- or over-valued?

Valuing Tesla stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Tesla's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Tesla's P/E ratio

Tesla's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 439x. In other words, Tesla shares trade at around 439x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Tesla's PEG ratio

Tesla's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.7073. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Tesla's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Tesla's EBITDA

Tesla's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $5.8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Tesla's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Tesla financials

Revenue TTM $41.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.76%
Gross profit TTM $6.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.35%
Return on equity TTM 12.28%
Profit margin 5.21%
Book value $25.21
Market capitalisation $834 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Tesla shares

There are currently 29.2 million Tesla shares held short by investors – that's known as Tesla's "short interest". This figure is 8.2% up from 27.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Tesla shares can be evaluated.

Tesla's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Tesla's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Tesla shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Tesla shares traded daily (recently around 18.7 million). Tesla's SIR currently stands at 1.56. In other words for every 100,000 Tesla shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1560 shares are currently held short.

However Tesla's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Tesla shares, or, against the total number of tradable Tesla shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Tesla's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Tesla shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0364% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Tesla shares, roughly 36 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Tesla.

Tesla's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Tesla.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Tesla's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 27.59

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Tesla's overall score of 27.59 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 61st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Tesla is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Tesla's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.25/100

Tesla's environmental score of 1.25 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Tesla is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Tesla's social score

Social score: 17.81/100

Tesla's social score of 17.81 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Tesla is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Tesla's governance score

Governance score: 10.53/100

Tesla's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Tesla is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Tesla's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Tesla scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Tesla hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Tesla share dividends

We're not expecting Tesla to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Tesla's shares ever split?

Tesla's shares were split on a 5:1 basis on 30 August 2020. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Tesla shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 80% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Tesla shares which in turn could have impacted Tesla's share price.

Tesla share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Tesla's shares have ranged in value from as little as $379.11 up to $895.9. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

TSLA.US volatility(beta: 1.89)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Tesla's is 1.8937. This would suggest that Tesla's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Tesla overview

Tesla, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, leases, and sells electric vehicles, and energy generation and storage systems in the United States, China, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Automotive, and Energy Generation and Storage. The Automotive segment offers electric vehicles, as well as sells automotive regulatory credits. It provides sedans and sport utility vehicles through direct and used vehicle sales, a network of Tesla Superchargers, and in-app upgrades; and purchase financing and leasing services. This segment is also involved in the provision of non-warranty after-sales vehicle services, sale of used vehicles, retail merchandise, and vehicle insurance, as well as sale of products through its subsidiaries to third party customers; services for electric vehicles through its company-owned service locations, and Tesla mobile service technicians; and vehicle limited warranties and extended service plans. The Energy Generation and Storage segment engages in the design, manufacture, installation, sale, and leasing of solar energy generation and energy storage products, and related services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers and utilities through its website, stores, and galleries, as well as through a network of channel partners.

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