How to buy Tesla shares
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Tesla, Inc (TSLA) is a leading auto manufacturers business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$685.39 after a previous close of US$677.02. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD682.09 to a high of USD704.7999. The latest price was USD701.98 (25 minute delay). Tesla is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Tesla
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Tesla. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: TSLA. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Tesla reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$676.88, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Tesla, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Tesla. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
What's in this guide?
- Tesla key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Tesla stock a buy or sell?
- Tesla performance over time
- Can I short Tesla shares?
- Is Tesla suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Tesla shares over-valued?
- Tesla's financials
- How volatile are Tesla shares?
- Does Tesla pay a dividend?
- Have Tesla shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Tesla share priceUse our graph to track the performance of TSLA stocks over time.
Tesla shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$116.106 - US$895.9|
|50-day moving average||US$673.6356|
|200-day moving average||US$618.562|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$0.64|
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Is it a good time to buy Tesla stock?
The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.
Tesla price performance over time
|1 month (2021-03-12)||1.19%|
|1 year (2020-04-09)||inf%|
|2 years (2019-04-09)||inf%|
|3 years (2018-04-09)||inf%|
|5 years (2016-04-09)||inf%|
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 1068x. In other words, Tesla shares trade at around 1068x 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 4.4665. 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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$4.3 billion (£3.1 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Tesla's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$31.5 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||6.19%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$6.6 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.82%|
|Return on equity TTM||5.42%|
|Market capitalisation||US$656.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Tesla shares
There are currently 44.7 million Tesla shares held short by investors – that's known as Tesla's "short interest". This figure is 1.7% up from 44.0 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 41.0 million). Tesla's SIR currently stands at 1.09. In other words for every 100,000 Tesla shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1090 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 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Tesla shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.058% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Tesla shares, roughly 58 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.
Find out more about how you can short Tesla stock.
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.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||27.59|
|Total ESG percentile||60.92|
|Environmental score percentile||1|
|Social score percentile||1|
|Governance score percentile||1|
|Level of controversy||3|
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 US$116.106 up to US$895.9. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
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 2.0105. This would suggest that Tesla's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.
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. This segment also offers service and repairs to its energy product customers, including under warranty; and various financing options to its solar customers. The company was formerly known as Tesla Motors, Inc. and changed its name to Tesla, Inc. in February 2017. Tesla, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
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