Tesla Motors‘ (TSLA) price target raised to $118 from $70 at Robert W. Baird drew heated sentiment from the CNBC’s “Fast Money” traders Wednesday.
OptionMonster’s Jon Najarian was against a potential upside of 21% from the company’s current price.
“I don’t know why you wouldn’t love this stock,” he said. “Look, in May the sales were down, the car sales were down about 15 percent. What’s wrong with that? Or a 95 forward P/E [Tesla’s stock trades at more than 550x projections for earnings this fiscal year]. Or the fact this they lose about 30 percent on every car. What’s not to like?”
Najarian said that the one good number was in the short interest. Shorters have pushed the company toward the biggest rally in the Russell 1000 Index this year.
“Short interest is huge. It’s about 24 percent, right around that range….You look at the volumes of trade here, too, 37 million shares in one day,” he said. “I believe there were 14 out of the 20 days in May that this thing traded north of 15 million.”
Stuart Frankel’s Steve Grasso argued that Elon Musk’s ability to glamorize electric cars has made Tesla’s stock hot.
Shares of the California-based manufacturer of electric vehicles gained 3.45 percent to close at $97.73 on Wednesday. TSLA has rallied 193 percent year-to-date, pushing its PPS to about 73x Wall Street’s forecasts for its 2014 profit.