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The Next Tesla (TSLA) Stock? Here are 3 Potential Candidates

If you’ve got money to invest and want Tesla-like profits, you should invest in the next Tesla. How do you identify that stock? Here’s my list.

Tesla Sign, Tesla Stock

Tesla’s been a great stock to own in the last few years, recent headaches aside, zooming more than 480% and splitting its stock 15-for-1 since January 2020.

It’s been an even better stock to own over the last decade. Readers who bought the stock when we recommended it in Cabot Stock of the Week back in December 2011 and held on (as we’ve recommended) now have profits of more than 9,000%!


Long term, I think investors with large unrealized capital gains in Tesla (TSLA) should continue to hold the stock, simply because prospects for the company are still bright, as it revolutionizes not only the automobile industry but also the energy industry.

But if you don’t already own it, I think there are better prospects out there—particularly in less famous stocks.

So, if you’ve got new money to invest and you want Tesla-like profits, I think you should try to find — and invest in — the next Tesla. And how do you identify that stock?

Here’s my short checklist – passed on to me from my recently retired predecessor, Tim Lutts, who was the one with the foresight to add TSLA to Cabot Stock of the Week more than a decade ago!

  • The company serves a mass market—which means it can grow very large.
  • The company has the potential to revolutionize an important part of that market.
  • The company has the potential to make a large profit in the process.
  • The stock is NOT loved by most investors today. And the less it is loved, the better!
  • The stock has positive momentum.

So let’s take a look at a few candidates for the next Tesla stock starting in the obvious place—the electric car industry.

3 Candidates for the Next Tesla Stock

BYD (BYDDY) Everyone knows Tesla. Most people, or at least most Americans, probably don’t know BYD – short for “Build Your Dreams.” They should: BYD is China’s largest electric vehicle maker, selling 3 million battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in 2023 – nearly double Tesla’s 1.8 million, making it the top EV seller in the world for the second year running. The company more than doubled sales in 2021 and 2022, and while that growth slowed in 2023, the firm still sold more than a million more cars than the year prior. And that’s just from selling mostly to China. Now it’s expanding worldwide, to the U.S., Europe and other parts of Asia.

Despite such rampant growth, BYD stock trades at a reasonable 17 times forward earnings estimates, with a price to sales ratio of 0.9. The stock is up 16% in the last two months but still 35% below its July 2022 peak (82). This is a great time to buy a stock that not only looks like the next Tesla – it essentially already is China’s Tesla.

Green Thumb Industries (GTBIF) After being beaten to a pulp for the last few years, the cannabis sector is once again showing impressive signs of life. As a group, cannabis stocks peaked in late 2018, and after a brief but spirited comeback in late 2020/early 2021 did nothing but fall for more than two years. All told, marijuana stocks are down nearly 90% from their peak value. And that’s despite a recent rally this spring.

But that recent rally is the key. With new progress on the legalization front, the momentum toward full legalization is too strong – more than three dozen states have legalized marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use, with more potentially on the table this year – and the industry’s growth is undeniable, with revenues expected to double by 2030. So it makes sense to take a flyer on that kind of growth at such depressed levels. And the “safest” way to do it is by buying shares in the largest cannabis retailer, Green Thumb. Like all cannabis stocks, GTBIF’s chart looks terrible, with shares down 60% from 2021’s all-time highs. But if you zoom in, shares are up 99% in the last year, and 31% in 2024 alone. From a fundamentals standpoint, sales eclipsed the billion-dollar mark in 2023, and are set to continue growing as the industry expands.

With long-term cultural trends in play and the possibility of a short-term catalyst in the form of a proposed DEA rule on rescheduling, this is a prime way to play the growth in cannabis.

Centrus Energy (LEU) Many think that wind and solar are the answer to climate change, but about 60% of the reduction in CO2 emissions during the past 15 years has come from switching from coal to natural gas.

And while trillions of private and tax dollars were spent on wind and solar projects over the last 20 years, the world’s dependence on fossil fuels only declined from 87% to 84%.

So, if the top risks to the world right now are climate change and geopolitical conflict, the growth of nuclear energy in both America and China is essential.

Centrus Energy (LEU), based in Bethesda, Maryland, fills that void. It supplies nuclear fuel and services for the nuclear power industry in the United States, Japan, Belgium and several other countries.

The nuclear power industry is rapidly changing, with a new generation of advanced reactors under development. Centrus provides an integrated solution for meeting the industry’s engineering, manufacturing and fuel needs. Drawing on decades of experience, Centrus can help with the design and manufacture of critical components as well as the design and licensing of facilities to produce new fuels.

With energy costs rising again, investors have started taking notice: LEU shares are up 12% in just the last month but are currently trading at 49% below their November 2021 peak. There’s enough upside for this small-cap stock to develop into a big-time player in the fight against climate change.

Do you have a stock in your portfolio that you think could become the next Tesla? Tell us about it in the comments.


*This post is periodically updated to reflect market conditions.

Chris Preston is Cabot Wealth Network’s Vice President of Content and Chief Analyst of Cabot Stock of the Week and Cabot Value Investor .