Weekend reads: This may be the perfect time to sell Tesla’s stock


Shares of Tesla were up 22% in three days after S&P Dow Jones Indices said the company would be added to the S&P 500.


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Tesla Inc. is going to be added to the S&P 500 index on Dec. 21. That is very important for the company and for investors because so many people are invested in ETFs and mutual funds that track the benchmark index. S&P Dow Jones Indices made the announcement on Nov. 16, after the stock market closed. The shares rallied 22% over the next three days as investors anticipated heavy purchasing by index funds next month.

Shares of Tesla
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have now risen nearly sixfold in 2020. Jeff Reeves thinks this might be an excellent time to sell the stock and lock in gains. He lays out the arguments for and against the stock, while pointing to a possible problem with demand for the cars in China.

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It took a long time for shares of General Motors Co.
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to recover from the March pandemic doldrums. But the stock is up 28% over the past month. Investors are showing their excitement over GM’s plans to roll out 30 all-electric vehicles by 2025.

GM announced plans on Thursday to spend more on developing electric cars than it will on gasoline-powered cars, as CEO Mary Barry leads a transition to “an all-electric portfolio.”

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energy sector is down 42% this year. Energy stocks are cyclical and Michael Brush lays out seven reasons to buy them now, ahead of a recovery in demand that will lift the sector.

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