Nikola named short-term buy ahead of results at Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank analyst Emmanuel Rosner added Nikola to the firm's short-term "Catalyst Call Buy List" ahead of the company's Q2 report on August 4. With limited focus on near-term earnings absent any revenue, Nikola could potentially use its earnings call to provide "highly-anticipated business updates," including naming customers for its BEV truck, a commercial partner for its hydrogen stations, a manufacturing partner for the Badger pickup, as well as an updated Badger reservations count, Rosner tell investors in a research note.

Management indicated it would disclose these sometime in the second half of 2020, adds the analyst. Rosner points out Nikola is down 40% since July 20 when shares from early investors from warrants and the PIPE became tradeable. However, this new supply of shares has been largely absorbed and the stock price has stabilized in most recent session, Rosner says. The analyst sees 10%-20% near-term upside in the stock despite keeping a Hold rating on Nikola.

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