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Wall Street’s Dilemma: What Are Tesla’s Shares Worth?

  • Wide disparity in price targets highlights valuation struggle
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Tesla To Join S&P 500 Next Month As Largest-Ever New Member
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

For all the headline-making drama surrounding Elon Musk and his brainchild Tesla Inc., investors were rewarded handsomely for their patience this year.

Now that the company is maturing into blue-chip status with its addition to the S&P 500 Index this month, what happens next may boil down to some simple questions: What type of company is Tesla exactly? And how should the stock be valued? Wall Street’s answers, however, are wildly different -- Goldman Sachs has a price target of $780, while JPMorgan Chase’s is $90.