Tesla and Bloom Energy shares get a boost on election day

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Tesla charging stations in California in September.

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Shares of Tesla Inc. and other select electric car and alternative energy stocks rebounded on Tuesday, easily outperforming traditional energy stocks amid the broader stock rally.

Tesla TSLA,
+ 5,84%
The stock rose 5.84%, its biggest one-day gain since September 15, when it rose 7.18%. The stock’s close at $ 423.90 was its best in nearly two weeks. Tesla shares have quintupled this year.

Shares of Nikola Corp. NKLA,
+ 1,39%
and the American certificates of deposit of the Chinese company Nio Inc. NIO,
+ 6,54%,
the two electric vehicle makers, also outperformed the large market as well as the day’s earnings for General Motors Co. GM,
+ 2,31%
and Ford Motor Co. F,
+ 2,20%.

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US markets overcame Election Day nervousness to rise on Tuesday.

Other big winners in the so-called green energy camp on Tuesday include Bloom Energy Corp.
+ 11,77%,
which climbed more than 13%, and Fuel Cell Energy Inc. FCEL,
+ 7,90%
et Plug Power Inc. PLUG,
+ 9,56%

The rally did not extend to shares of solar power companies, for the most part with SunRun Inc. RUN,
-0,33%
ending the day in the red and SolarEdge Technologies Inc. SEDG,
-22,91%
adding to his late Monday stumble.

SolarEdge, a maker of solar inverters and other devices, reported lower than expected third-quarter sales on Monday night and guided lower fourth-quarter sales.

Two of the largest exchange-traded funds focusing on solar stocks and other clean energy diverged on Tuesday, with the ICLN iShares Global Clean Energy,
+ 1,20%
slightly underperforming the S&P 500 index and the Invesco Solar ETF TAN,
-2,59%
ending in red.

Both posted big gains for the year, up 71% and 125% respectively, and have SunRun among their top holdings. In comparison, the S&P 500 SPX index,
+ 1,78%
has gained 4.3% so far in 2020.

Tuesday’s performance for solar ETFs compared with larger losses for dedicated oil and gas equity ETFs, however. The SPDR Energy Select Sector XLE,
-0,57%
is down 51% for the year on fears that the pandemic will continue to reduce demand for oil and gas and episodes of overproduction.

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