Tesla is close to becoming the world's most valuable car company
Tesla's stock rose to more than $1,000 a share for the very first time Wednesday, lifting its valuation above $190 billion.
Why it matters: Given its pace of growth this year, Tesla is now closing in on car industry leader Toyota's $216 billion, according to the WSJ.
- The company's market cap has risen by nearly $40 billion in the last month and by $70 billion in the last three months.
What happened: The price jump followed news of an internal memo from CEO Elon Musk that it's "time to go all out" and bring its long-planned semitruck into "volume production."
Of note: Musk's note about Tesla's electric trucks follows a surge in the stock price of electric truck manufacturer Nikola, which has tripled its price since it began trading last week.
- The jump pushed the company's market cap briefly above both Ford and Fiat Chrysler, despite the fact that Nikola hasn't sold a single vehicle.