Why Tesla stock was surging at the market open today

Investors are weighing these growth signals against Tesla's lower stock price.

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What happened

Shares of Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) were up as high as 4.8% this morning before cooling off by the afternoon. By market close, the stock had still managed to hold a 0.38% gain on the day, slightly trailing the broader market. Year to date, the stock has fallen 37%.

Wolfe Research released its findings on the potential impact of the electric vehicle incentives included in the Inflation Reduction Act. Plus, Tesla is looking to add almost 7,000 jobs, despite weakening auto sales across the industry year to date.

So what

Wolfe Research analyst Rod Lache said that the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) could benefit the larger EV makers such as Tesla. A week ago, Goldman Sachs labeled Tesla and General Motors as its favorite picks in the auto space due to the catalysts with the IRA.

It's also a positive indicator for Tesla's near-term demand that it is looking to hire thousands of employees. The job listings reportedly represent a 50% jump from June. Most of the job openings are spread across its factories in the U.S., with over 200 openings listed for its China factory in Shanghai.

Now what

Tesla said that it delivered over 343,000 vehicles in the third quarter, which missed estimates and sent the stock down at the start of October. Investors initially saw the delivery miss as a sign that Tesla's demand was plunging with the rest of the industry.  But it noted that there were cars still in transit at the end of September that skewed the delivery total downward.

Investors will get more clarity on demand when Tesla reports third-quarter results on Wednesday 19 October.

This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

John Ballard has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Goldman Sachs and Tesla. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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