The Ratings Game: Nikola stock rallies after Wedbush analyst says it’s no longer a sell

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Analyst Dan Ives backs a ways flung from bearish rating he’s had on the EV maker since September


Nikola Corp.

Shares of Nikola Corp. rose Monday, after Wedbush analyst Dan Ives upgraded the electric vehicle maker, announcing the bearish catalysts beget already played out.

Ives raised his rating to honest, after being at underperform since Sept. 23. He boosted his tag target by 67%, to $25 from $15.

The stock
NKLA,
+1.82%

rose 2.1% in afternoon Trading, paring an earlier originate of as grand as 5.7% to an intraday excessive of $24.40. It had obtained 9.2% since Sept. 23 by Friday — the S&P 500 index
SPX,
+1.61%

has climbed 14.7% over the identical time — but has now tumbled 70% since it closed at a file of $79.73 on June 9, 2020.

The principle issues about Nikola, Ives acknowledged, were the scaled-encourage deal with Commonplace Motors Co.
GM,
+1.64%
,
the hype surrounding the Badger electric truck, and executions dangers after founder Trevor Milton stepped down as Chairman.

“Whereas some optimistic hurdles remain for Nikola to assemble its hydrogen and semi-truck vision over the next yr, we judge so a lot of the detrimental catalysts we were fearing beget now played out available in the market with a more balanced risk/reward on the title taking a watch ahead,” Ives wrote in a value to possibilities.

He acknowledged he quiet believes the corporate’s EV and hydrogen gas cell ambitions are skill, as he expects the inexperienced initiatives of the Biden administration and the Democrat-leaning Congress will be “wide” for the EV/hydrogen market in the upcoming years.

Tranquil, Ives is no longer but bullish on Nikola, announcing it is a ways now a “demonstrate me” story, with the corporate laying out a “tight and step-by-step roadmap” that investors can clearly desire success and failure between now and 2023.

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