Tesla Shares Are Surging After Strong Sales and Bullish Comments From Analysts

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Tesla Sells 10K Cars in Q1 With Eyes Now on China

Shares of Tesla are surging over 8 percent after the company reported strong vehicle sales in the first quarter on Friday.

Tesla delivered 10,030 vehicles during the first quarter, beating previous guidance of 9500. Analysts were praising the report, which was released over the holiday weekend.

"We reiterate Outperform rating and $275 target price following TSLA’s announcement it delivered over 10k vehicles during Q1 beating both our/Street delivery estimates as well as TSLA’s guidance," Baird analyst Ben Kallo said in a note this morning. "We see a string of positive catalysts ahead. We would be buyers and TSLA remains our favorite pick."

Kallo also praised the increased transparency on display by the company, "We think their decision to change reporting is just as good as the delivery beat. TSLA will now report deliveries within three days of the end of each quarter. This is a good decision as it will reduce speculation and erroneous reports of demand during the month between the end of the quarter and quarterly report."

Brad Erickson of Pacific Crest Securities also reiterated his outperform rating.

"We continue to believe that TSLA shares have weathered undue pessimism recently on account of oil pricing, woes in China, longer-term competitive concerns and skepticism around execution risk."

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