In a remarkable week for Rivian Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIVN), the company’s shares have soared by an impressive 54.28%. Several positive developments have contributed to this surge, including better-than-expected production numbers, Amazon’s plans to deploy Rivian vans in Europe, and a growing optimistic sentiment among Wall Street analysts.
On Monday, Rivian made a tremendous leap forward as its shares soared over 17% following an announcement regarding its impressive production figures. The company revealed that it had produced 13,992 vehicles, surpassing market expectations of 12,640 units. This represents a remarkable 59% year-over-year increase. Despite facing supply-chain challenges, Rivian also affirmed its commitment to achieving its annual production target of 50,000 units.
The news of Amazon’s deployment of Rivian vans in Europe further fueled excitement and investor confidence. Amazon, a major shareholder in Rivian, revealed its plans to roll out 300 vehicles in various German regions, including Munich, Berlin, and Düsseldorf. These shipments mark Rivian’s first commercial venture outside of the United States. Last year, Amazon began rolling out Rivian vans in several U.S. cities and aims to have 100,000 of these vans in operation worldwide by 2030.
Positive Analyst Sentiment and Stock Upgrades
As news of Rivian’s triumphs continued to make headlines, investment firm DA Davidson upgraded the company’s stock from Underperform to Neutral. The upgrade was attributed to Rivian’s entry into the European market, which the firm deemed to have occurred “far earlier than anticipated.” The positive sentiment was further reinforced by the recent acquisition of ABRP, which provides Rivian with new capabilities and valuable data.
Other prominent financial institutions have also expressed optimism regarding Rivian’s future prospects. Needham & Company included Rivian in its Conviction List and raised the price target to $28, up from the previous $26. Similarly, Mizuho maintained its Buy rating on Rivian’s stock while revising its 12-month price target to $27, down from the previous $30.