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As Tesla Joins the Elite $1 Trillion Stock Club, Two Traders See Another Potential Milestone Ahead

Michele Tantussi | Reuters

It's a Monday of milestones for Tesla.

The automaker exceeded $1,000 a share for the first time and entered the $1 trillion club, the handful of stocks such as Apple and Microsoft with market caps above that threshold.

The stock rallied nearly 13% after rental car company Hertz said it would buy 100,000 models to beef up its electric-vehicle fleet, an order to be completely fulfilled by the end of 2022.

"It's one of those typical tickers that generally will trade around a key psychological value, and in the options market it tends to stick at those levels," Danielle Shay, director of options at Simpler Trading, told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Monday.

After Tesla's latest milestone, Shay is targeting a level even higher.

"I'd look at a $1,200 price point. We're within that range for a November series expiration, and I like to trade it with [butterfly spreads]. They're cheap, low risk, high reward, and they make for some great momentum trades," she said.

Shay suggests trading a longer-dated butterfly spread for Tesla — for example, buying the 1,050 call, selling the 1,200 call and buying a second call at 1,350, expiring either November or December.

"The reason I would say even December is because I love the Santa Rally plus January effect plus run into earnings in January," she said in a follow-up email to CNBC. "January has been my best month of the year for many years in a row. It just seems to be a perfect storm, so I put on more risk Dec/Jan."

A move to $1,200 implies roughly 17% further upside from Tesla's close Monday. It traded at nearly $1,025 by the end of the session.

Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, is also bullish on Tesla and agrees with Shay on a $1,200 target. Wald had previously called it a buy on Oct. 4 — it closed that session just above $781.

"If there's one piece of investment advice, the best that we give to our clients, it's to let your winners run, and this is a winner," Wald said during the same interview. "If you look at the stock, the recent strength that we're seeing in the chart is a move above its January peak, and we think this breakout is marking the resumption of Tesla's longer-term uptrend."

"That breakout point at $900 is now support and measures to $1,200 coming up. We like it higher," he said.

Tesla shares have risen 45% this year.


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