Tesla Inc. is as big as peak Ford Motor Co., with the Silicon Valley electric-car maker stock poised to hit another record on Tuesday.
Tesla shares traded as high as $462.06, up more than 1% from Monday’s record close, the latest in a series of ever-climbing notches that stretch back to mid-December.
Tesla’s market capitalization has zoomed above $82 billion, beating Ford’s at its valuation peak — a market cap of $80.8 billion in 1999, the same year Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk founded a couple of tech companies, including the one that would later become PayPal Holdings Inc. PYPL, -0.36%
Tesla has been the No. 1 U.S. auto maker in terms of market valuation off and on in the recent past, but it is the first time its market cap has topped Ford’s F, +0.44% at its highest valuation. Ford is currently valued at more than $36 billion, and General Motors Co. GM, -1.88% is valued at $50 billion.
Tesla’s stock rally got a boost last week when the company reported above-expectations fourth-quarter deliveries, its proxy for sales.
By Tuesday morning, Musk made meme-ready waves by pulling some dance moves while heralding a “very exciting future” for Tesla in China to the tune of “More Than You Know” by Axwell Ingrosso.
Tesla was showcasing the delivery of the first Model 3 sedans made at the company’s plant in the Shanghai area.
Investors do not yet know the date of Tesla’s reporting fourth-quarter results, expected for late January or early February.
Analysts polled by FactSet expect the car maker to report an adjusted profit of $1.53 a share on sales of $6.9 billion. That would compare with fourth-quarter 2018 profit of $1.93 a share on sales of $7.2 billion.
Tesla shares gained 37% in the past 12 months, compared with advances of 27% and 22% for the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.28% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. DJIA, -0.41%