When a stock surges to impossible heights in a short amount of time, investors get excited, and rightfully so. What investor would not want to hold stocks that doubled, the way Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) did went it rose 223% in a one year period?
Three companies that rose sharply in May are Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), and SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY). Their recent rise is illustrated in the chart below:
Home-made soft drinks
In the beverage business, Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA) traded sharply higher, after trending at around $50 for most of 2015. Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA) closed at around $64.08 after reporting quarterly earnings of $0.68 per share on revenue of $117.6 million, which exceeded analyst expectations. The company then proceeded to raise its revenue guidance. On its conference call, the company highlighted its consumables sales growth of 109% and sales increasing 93%, both in the U.S. region.
Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA) has a product that lets consumers conveniently carbonate and flavor their water. The product is on an growth phase that is accelerating. SodaStream expanded to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) during the first quarter.
In 2013, the company forecasts EBITDA growth of 36%. To ensure products remain ahead of the competition, Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA) is innovating in a number of ways. The product is being made easier to use, while its automatic Revolution soda maker is expanding distribution in all of its markets.
New age automotive sector also rises
In the electric car business, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is up 146% in 2013 and up 50% in the last 5 days. Tesla is scheduled to make an announcement about its Supercharger Network on the week of May 20, 2013. Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) reported quarterly earnings of $0.12 on revenue of $562 million. The results beat estimates easily on May 8, and it sparked a short-squeeze for shares. There are 74.53 million shares short, which represents a short float of 36.90%.
During its conference call, the company said more than 5,000 units of the Model S were produced during the quarter. The high production boosted efficiency, improved gross margins to 17%, and is helping Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) possibly exceed its 20,000 vehicle delivery goal.
Solar energy in the sunlight once again
In the solar energy space, SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) is up around 29% in the last 3 months. The company was analyzed favorably on The Motley Fool on January 16, 2013 when shares were around $15.50. SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) is now around $31.44, helped by a quarterly report that beat on revenue estimates. The company lost $0.41 per share on sales of $30 million. 46 megawatts were deployed, up 12% from last year. In 2013, the company will deploy 250 megawatts.
On its conference call, SolarCity noted the increase in operating expenses to $34.5 million, due primarily from the cost of acquiring customers. On the balance sheet, the customer acquisition is counted as an operating lease asset, whose lease duration is typically 20 years.