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PepsiCo shares close higher on Tuesday, packaged food maker to take delivery of Tesla electric trucks in Q4

In an interview with CNBC earlier this week, PepsiCo Inc’s (PEP) Chief Executive Officer Ramon Laguarta said the company would have its first set of Tesla Inc electric trucks delivered during the fourth quarter.

The packaged food maker had previously said that it intended to use the trucks to transport snack foods and beverages between manufacturing and distribution centers as well as to retailers.

In December 2017, PepsiCo reserved 100 Tesla electric semi-trucks in an attempt to cut fuel costs and fleet emissions. According to Laguarta, transportation accounts for 10% of the company’s gas emissions.

Other companies, which have also placed orders for Tesla’s semi-trucks, include Walmart Inc, fleet operator J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc as well as food distributor Sysco Corp.

In October, rental car company Hertz also announced plans to order 100,000 Tesla vehicles by the end of next year.

PepsiCo shares closed higher for the sixth time in the past ten trading sessions on NASDAQ on Tuesday. The stock went up 0.66% ($1.08) to $163.51, after touching an intraday low at $162.00 and an intraday high at $163.86 respectively.

Shares of PepsiCo Inc have risen 10.26% so far in 2021 compared with a 24.74% gain for the benchmark index, S&P 500 (SPX).

In 2020, PepsiCo’s stock went up 8.51%, thus, it again underperformed the S&P 500, which registered a 16.26% gain.

Analyst stock price forecast and recommendation

According to TipRanks, at least 4 out of 7 surveyed investment analysts had rated PepsiCo Inc’s stock as “Buy”, while 3 – as “Hold”. The median price target on the stock stands at $165.57.

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