Workers assemble cars on the line at Tesla’s factory in Fremont.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk proved to analysts Tuesday that he can hit his lofty production and delivery targets, but now investors want to know if he can do the same with profits.
The company’s second-quarter production and delivery numbers, released late Tuesday, eased investors’ concerns about demand for its electric cars and SUVs with the company delivering a record 95,200 vehicles in the last quarter. Tesla’s stock shot up by as much as 8% in after-market trading Tuesday and was up by about 5% Wednesday afternoon.
“While there were a good amount of ‘leaked’ emails and reports prophesizing a potential ‘record quarter’ for deliveries, we had not spoken to any investors that expected deliveries to be this high,” Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said in a research note.
The results mark “a turning point for the Tesla story,” Gene Munster, an analyst Loup Ventures, said in an interview…