Tesla stock rallies to record ahead of inclusion in S&P 500 – MarketWatch

Tesla Inc. stock ended its pre-S&P 500 index’s era with one final rally and plenty of investor interest.

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rose 6% to end at a record $695 on Friday, reversing course from earlier in the day and gathering most of its steam in the final moments of trading.

Nearly 200 million shares traded hands, Tesla’s fifth-ever largest volume and its highest since early February. The stock was the best performer and most active stock on the Nasdaq 100.
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The S&P 500 index, which Tesla will soon join, finished down 13.07 points, or 0.35%. Tesla shares turned lower in the extended session Friday, down 2% at last check.

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On Monday, Tesla shares start trading on the S&P
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a seal of approval that will put the stock in countless index-tracking and actively managed funds, which will have to follow suit to balance their portfolios.

The S&P’s index manager announced Tesla’s inclusion on Nov. 16, after snubbing the company in an earlier rebalance.

Underscoring the complexity of adding the company, S&P Dow Jones Indices consulted with investors on how to go about it, ultimately deciding to add Tesla all at once.

Since the S&P addition’s announcement, Tesla has added $271.96 billion in market value, which is greater than Toyota Motor Co.’s market capitalization, currently around $213 billion.

In fact, that valuation jump since the November announcement is about where Tesla was valued in mid-July, and is more than the market value of 483 S&P 500 companies, or nearly 97% of the companies in the index.

The stock is up 731% so far this year, compared with gains around 15% for the S&P.