Shares of Tesla Inc. (TSLA) climbed 1.2% in premarket trading on Thursday, reaching a three-month high. The electric vehicle company's stock has had an impressive year, with a 112.2% surge since the beginning of 2023. This performance places it as the third-best year for Tesla since its initial public offering in June 2010, following the remarkable 743.4% increase in 2020 and the 344.1% rally in 2013.

Analysts' Mixed Views on Tesla's Future

Despite Tesla's strong market performance, the analyst community on Wall Street remains divided on the company's prospects. Out of the 49 analysts surveyed by FactSet who cover Tesla, only 43% hold a bullish outlook, while an equal number are neutral and 14% are bearish. The average stock price target of $241.21 suggests a potential 7.7% downside from Wednesday's closing price of $261.44.

One notable exception is Morgan Stanley's Adam Jonas, who has set a price target of $380 for Tesla's stock. Jonas considers Tesla not only as an automotive company but also as an artificial intelligence company. He believes in the potential of its AI technology to drive future growth.

Impressive Performance in the Market

Tesla's stock is set to close at its highest level since September 19th, solidifying its position as the eighth-best performer in the S&P 500 this year. The top two spots are held by Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) with a staggering 252.1% increase and Meta Platforms Inc. (META) with a remarkable 209.5% surge. Overall, the S&P 500 has seen a positive year, advancing by 24.5%.

Despite some reservations from analysts, Tesla's stock continues to soar, reaffirming its position as a major player in the electric vehicle industry.

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