Tesla Motors Inc. Quarterly Earnings Sneak Peek

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Tesla Motors, Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-performance fully electric vehicles and advanced electric vehicle powertrain components. Ford Motor Company Earnings Cheat Sheet: Booking a Profit Again>>

Tesla Motors Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of 55 cents per share, a narrower loss from the year earlier quarter net loss of $4.21. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of 53 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down, but it has been unchanged at a loss of 55 cents during the last month.

Past Earnings Performance: The company topped estimates last quarter after missing forecasts the quarter prior. In the first quarter, it reported a loss of 50 cents per share against a mean estimate of net loss of 52 cents per share. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, it missed forecasts by 4 cents.

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Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with four analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and one rating it as a hold.

Key Stats:

The company raised its gross margin by 18.3 percentage points in the in the first quarter. Revenue rose 135.6% while cost of sales rose 82.8% to $31 million from a year earlier.

Competitors to Watch: Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM), Honda Motor CO., Ltd. (NYSE:HMC), AutoZone (NYSE:AZO), CarMax (NYSE:KMX), Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM), Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR) and Navistar Intl. Corp. (NYSE:NAV).

Stock Price Performance: During May 3, 2011 to July 28, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.30 (4.8%) from $26.87 to $28.17. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 23, 2011 and March 4, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 14.3% (+$3.12) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 28, 2011 and May 5, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 4.4% (-$1.22) over that span. Shares are up $1.54 (+5.8%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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