🚘 Tesla, Nio, and the "Year of the EV"

...and what Georgia means for the market
 

EV makers rolling into 2021 like...

 
Yesterday's Market Moves
 
Dow Jones
30,829 (+1.44%)
S&P 500
3,748 (+0.57%)
Nasdaq
12,741 (-0.61%)
Bitcoin
$35,948 (+7.17%)
Dow Jones
30,829 (+1.44%)
S&P 500
3,748 (+0.57%)
Nasdaq
12,741 (-0.61%)
Bitcoin
$35,948 (+7.17%)

Hey Snackers,

The nation was shaken yesterday – violent, pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol building, halting the certification of Joe Biden's Electoral College win, until lawmakers could reconvene to finalize Biden's confirmation.

Despite these shocking events, stocks closed higher as a Democratic Senate win boosted hopes for more stimulus.

Elect

What the Georgia election results could mean for the stock market

Run it back... In the November elections, the state of Georgia went to Biden. But the Senate race went into overtime: a Georgia candidate needs to win over 50% of votes before advancing (it's a Georgia thing). That didn't happen, so we had runoff elections between the top-voted candidates this week. TLDR: Republicans had to win one seat to control the Senate, and Democrats needed two — the Dems unexpectedly took both.

November feels like eons ago... Back then, we were pretty sure Republicans would end up taking the Senate. That got Wall Street excited about a divided government (round 2).

  • The S&P 500 soared 11% in November on the tech rally, and the decreased chance that Trump's tax cuts would get undone.
  • Tech stocks jumped because a divided Congress makes it harder to pass legislation against Big Tech (or any legislation). Health care stocks shared the joy.
  • Pot stocks fell because a Republican Senate makes legalization at the federal level unlikely.
THE TAKEAWAY

Yesterday, we saw "The Undoing"... A partial reversal of November's market moves (not the HBO show). The tech-heavy Nasdaq index dropped on regulation fears, while pot stocks like Aurora and Canopy surged on legalization hopes. The Dow jumped to a record high, led by banks and industrial companies like Caterpillar — which could benefit from more stimulus and the Dems' $1.5T infrastructure plan. What investors really have their eye on: more stimulus money, which could be a priority for the Dem-controlled Congress.

EV

From Tesla to Nio, electric vehicles are having a global moment

*"Ooh girl, shock me like an electric"*... wheel. Electric vehicles are having a moment this week with a flurry of milestones from around the globe:

  • China: EV sales from January through November jumped more than 4% from a year ago, while overall car sales fell nearly 8%. Nio, the so-called "Tesla of China," said its deliveries more than doubled from a year ago to ~44K vehicles.
  • US: Rivian, the Amazon-backed electric truck startup, is reportedly close to raising funds at a sweet $25B valuation. Meanwhile, Tesla (the "Tesla of Tesla") delivered a record-breaking, expectation-beating 180.5K cars last quarter, for a 2020 total of nearly 500K (up from 367.5K in 2019).
  • Norway: EV sales rose to a record 54% market share in 2020 — the first year electric cars outsold gas and hybrid models. Sadly for Elon, Volkswagen replaced Tesla as the top EV producer in the country.
  • UK: Electric cars had their "best-ever year" — EV sales nearly tripled while UK auto sales as a whole hit the lowest level since 1992.

Ludicrous... While the rise of EVs is old news, this week's headlines prove what a remarkably good year 2020 was for the electric market.

THE TAKEAWAY

Politics could make 2021 the Year of the EV... The top two barriers to EV-buying are range-anxiety and price. A Democrat-controlled Senate could pass legislation supporting EV cost incentives and infrastructure (think: more charging stations). Top Senate Democrate Chuck Schumer has already proposed a $454B 10-year plan to offer cash vouchers for EV purchases. That, coupled with swiftly-falling battery prices, could make 2021 the Year of the EV.

What else we're Snackin'
  • Blocked: Twitter and Facebook removed posts from President Trump that they deemed to be inciting violence, and temporarily locked his accounts.
  • IPOat: Oatly, the popular oat milk brand backed by Oprah, is reportedly planning a 2021 IPO that could raise $1B.
  • Giggy: The Trump admin made it easier for gig companies like Uber and DoorDash to classify workers as contractors with a new rule.
  • Poshy: Fashion marketplace Poshmark set terms for its IPO after filing to go public. It was (shockingly) profitable over the past two quarters.
  • Alt: Plant-based meat icon Impossible Foods cuts prices for distributors for the second time in a year to better compete with beef prices.

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