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What Tesla (TSLA) has built in the Nevada desert is impressive. Five years ago, the Gigafactory was merely an expanse of rocks and dirt, CEO Elon Musk bragged to shareholders on June 11. It is crammed top to bottom with automated machines, snaking assembly lines, engineering rooms, and 13,000 busy people working for Tesla and its Japanese partner.
The market for electric cars has become another Gold Rush. Thousands will try to get rich quick -- but only a select few who play it smart will make a fortune.I've been covering electric cars for a year…and now every car maker in the world is racing to catch up.In the last month alone:InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * Subaru (OTCMKTS:FUJHY) announced its first EV, in partnership with Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM). * So did Mazda Motor (OTCMKTS:MZDAY). In Britain, Jaguar Land Rover is working on them, too. * Even Dyson is getting in on the action. * But some of the most ambitious, futuristic plans are coming from China, where Enovate is working on a true "Tesla Killer."For my money, Toyota's the one to watch. Because it's laser-focused on what's most important: the battery.Why are people eager to buy electric cars? They're sleeker, cleaner, and require way less maintenance. That's all thanks to the battery-powered motor.Right now, electric vehicles are powered by a larger version of what's in your cellphone and laptop: the lithium-ion battery. But by upgrading to next-generation battery technology, Toyota's EVs will run on batteries that are more compact - but way more powerful… and safer, too. * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 For the Japanese market, Toyota has designed an ultra-compact EV. And with these new batteries, which eliminate the liquid electrolyte, much of the bulk disappears.Take a look at the picture below. The front hood of the car literally disappears!And an electric car has got to be just as convenient as gas. The internal-combustion engine may be 100-year-old technology, but it'll go for about 300 miles on a tank. With this battery, you could get DOUBLE the range after just 15 minutes of charging.Plus, since you don't need the liquid electrolyte, the batteries aren't flammable. Remember the problems with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7? If you tried to bring the phone on an airplane, the flight attendants would confiscate it because the lithium-ion batteries had started catching fire. In early 2018, HP had to recall 50,000 laptops for a similar reason.But next-generation batteries don't have that fire risk. In one memorable test, a startup called Ionic Materials shot its battery with a Remington .22. It took three bullets, did not catch fire, and kept working!So you can see why Toyota is running full-tilt toward this goal. In a briefing last Friday, Toyota executive Shigeki Terashi said he wants to unveil the new batteries "by the time we have the Olympic games" in Tokyo next July. He knows that with everything we'll be asking the battery to do, the current lithium-ion technology just won't cut it. We need safer, longer-lasting batteries.Toyota is just one major player in a "battery cartel" of sorts that's sprung up in Japan. The government is working directly with researchers, automakers, and other big names like Panasonic (OTCMKTS:PCRFY) to get this particular new technology to market.That's only one example of why we, as investors, need to find a pure play on the battery revolution. Invest Where "Big Auto" is Dropping Major CashI'm a big believer in "picks and shovels" investing. And that's because, if you look back at the 1849 Gold Rush, most of the prospectors ended up broke - but the guys who sold them their picks and shovels got rich. One German immigrant did even better by selling work pants made of a new, more durable material. His name was Levi Strauss… and, still today, we all wear blue jeans.With any big trend, you always want to look at the suppliers. Electric cars are no exception. Therefore, at Investment Opportunities, I'm recommending companies that supply these next-generation batteries.Japan may be the current favorite to mass-produce them - but one tiny company in the United Kingdom holds a few of the key patents. Toyota is relying on it for electric cars… yet I'm willing to bet you've never heard of it.I've got a full presentation on the investment opportunity in this new technology - nicknamed the "Jesus Battery."Find out exactly what makes this battery so miraculous here.Insiders are already calling this potential new battery a "paradigm shift" in energy technology. Forbes calls it simply: "The battery that could change the world."For early investors, this presents the kind of moneymaking opportunity that could turn a tiny initial stake into an absolute fortune.Folks who get in on this breakthrough now, BEFORE it's rolled out on a mass scale, will have the chance to be a part of perhaps the single largest legal creation of wealth in the last 25 years.I can share with you what I've learned and show you how to profit. Click here to learn more.Matthew McCall is the founder and president of Penn Financial Group, an investment advisory firm, as well as the editor of Investment Opportunities and Early Stage Investor. He has dedicated his career to getting investors into the world's biggest, most revolutionary trends BEFORE anyone else. The power of being "first" gave Matt's readers the chance to bank +2,438% in Stamps.com (STMP), +1,523% in Ulta Beauty (ULTA), +1,044% in Tesla (TSLA), +611% in Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGLY), +324% in Bitcoin Services (BTSC), just to name a few. If you're interested in making triple-digit gains from the world's biggest investment trends BEFORE anyone else, click here to learn more about Matt McCall and his investments strategy today. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 * 7 U.S. Stocks to Buy With Limited Trade War Exposure * 6 Growth Stocks That Could Be the Next Big Thing Compare Brokers The post Electric Cars: Why Toyota Will Be the Envy of the World appeared first on InvestorPlace.
A little bit at least," Musk said. Much of Tesla's production depends on its ability to access batteries that rely on a supply of minerals such as lithium, nickel and copper. Much of these substances are expected to be in even shorter supply in coming years, possibly giving Tesla the kick it needs to assess the feasibility of directly sourcing materials.
Panasonic has added a third full-frame mirrorless camera to its L-Mount lineupwith the launch of the video-oriented Lumix S1H, revealed at Cine Gear Expo2019
LOS ANGELES/TOKYO (Reuters) - Most of the solar cells made by Panasonic at Tesla Inc's New York manufacturing plant are being purchased by H.R.D. Singapore's factories in the Philippines, a chief supplier of panels to Japanese eco-homebuilder Ichijo Co Ltd, two sources familiar with the arrangement said. Reuters reported on May 15 that Panasonic planned to ship most cells from the plant overseas, instead of selling them to Tesla for its trademark Solar Roof as initially intended, because of low demand from Tesla and a trade loophole that had fired up new foreign interest. Until now, the identity of the buyer of the Panasonic cells, which Panasonic is producing at the Tesla facility under an agreement struck in 2016, has not been published.
Japan's Panasonic Corp said on Friday it has not stopped any shipments of components to Huawei Technologies, a day after it originally called for a halt of transactions in line with a U.S. export controls against the Chinese firm. "No transactions with Huawei have been suspended at the moment," a Panasonic representative told Reuters. Its Chinese unit later released a separate statement that it continues to supply to Huawei, stressing that transactions not covered by the ban have been not affected.
Moody's Japan K.K. has affirmed Panasonic Corporation's A3 long-term issuer rating and senior unsecured bond ratings. At the same time, Moody's has changed the outlook to negative from stable. "The negative outlook reflects the increasing uncertainty whether Panasonic can generate sufficient earnings to restore its operating margins over the next few years, given the delays in turning its automotive business profitable," says Masako Kuwahara, a Moody's Vice President and Senior Analyst.
British chip designer ARM halted relations with Huawei to comply with a U.S. blockade of the company, potentially crippling the Chinese telecom company's ability to make new chips for its future smartphones. Huawei, like Apple Inc and Qualcomm , uses ARM blueprints to design the processors that power its smartphones. In another blow to the Chinese tech giant, Japanese conglomerate Panasonic Corp on Thursday joined the growing list of global companies which have said they are disengaging with Huawei, the world's second-largest seller of smartphones and the largest telecom-gear maker.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp said on its China website on Thursday it continues to supply Huawei Technologies Co Ltd normally. The company had said earlier that it stopped shipments of certain ...
Japan's Panasonic Corp said on Thursday it has stopped shipments of certain components to Huawei Technologies to comply with U.S. restrictions on the Chinese company. "Panasonic has instructed employees to halt transactions with Huawei and its 68 affiliates covered by the U.S. ban," the company said in a statement. The U.S. Commerce Department blocked Huawei from buying U.S. goods last week, saying the firm was involved in activities contrary to national security.
One of the underperforming sectors in the stock market today is the battery sector. Trade tensions, higher raw material costs and global inflation are just a few of the macroeconomic headwinds that consumer discretionary stocks face. Yet stock markets tend to over-exaggerate on the downside risks, punishing a sector on the view that things will not improve.Fundamentally, the battery market is undergoing a major shift. Electric vehicles are driving the demand for lithium-ion batteries. Solar power panel prices plunged in recent years. This is creating a potentially higher demand for battery solutions to store energy captured from such panels. * 7 High-Yield REITs to Buy (Even When the Market Tanks) How might investors play the battery boom led by growing electric vehicle production and a soaring number of devices needing portable power?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Battery Stocks to Buy: Tesla (TSLA)Source: Shutterstock Let us start with Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). The stock fell by over 40% because its unit sales of EVs are under pressure. With government subsidies no longer supporting them, Tesla shares are underperforming.Still, the company's ambition extends beyond electric cars. On May 16, Tesla completed its acquisition of Maxwell. At a cost of just $200 million, it gains some valuable intellectual property. Maxwell is best known for its manufacturing of ultracapacitors, but it is also developing dry electrode technology for batteries.If Maxwell's R&D efforts pay off, the unit could bring performance enhancements for lithium-ion battery cells. For starters, Tesla could start manufacturing batteries that have an energy density of over 500Wh/kg. That would bring a 15% to 100% increase to Tesla's current battery technology.Informally, Tesla has the best battery technology in the auto industry. Adding Maxwell's IP may also result in lithium-ion batteries that gain in capacity and will not lose energy after charged. Ultimately, TSLA stock could start turning around once the company implements the new technology. Having battery technology that is even further ahead of that offered by other automobile manufacturers could drive Tesla EV sales.Tesla is facing a slowdown in sales of Model S and Model 3. It has a cross-over Model Y that is not yet on the market. Chances are good that both the Model Y release and new battery technology coming with it will give the stock a boost. Energizer Holdings (ENR)Source: Shutterstock Shares of Energizer Holdings (NYSE:ENR) are stuck in a narrow trading range of between $43 and $46, though it closed recently at $47. Known best for its Energizer bunny rabbit on television commercials, the company is more than just a battery company. It has ambitions for transforming into a diversified global household products leader. This change brings along with it high goals. Energizer aims to grow adjusted free cash flow to $330 million-$370 million in 2020.There are three goals:1\. Generating adjusted EBITDA of $650 million-$675 million. 2\. Driving organic sales growth through pricing, innovation, and distribution gains. 3\. Deleveraging its balance sheet to a net leverage ratio of 4 times.Energizer bolstered its battery business by completing its acquisition of Battery and Auto Care. In doing so, the company will establish itself as a global leader while adding brands to diversify its business. It expanded its manufacturing facilities. Plus, over the past five years, it optimized its legacy factories to improve on cost and efficiency.In its second quarter, Energizer took advantage of strong demand for its legacy batteries by raising prices. Energizer MAX and Energizer lithium product prices rose in the U.S. The company expects to complete the price hike in international markets by the end of the fiscal year. * 6 Chinese Stocks That Could Pop On a Trade Deal ENR shares trade at 14 times forward P/E. With its consumer battery business strong and auto battery entry underway, the stock has the potential to break out of the trading range. Enphase Energy (ENPH)Enphase Energy (NASDAQ:ENPH) surged to a new 52-week high after the company reported a strong first quarter. Revenue rose 43%, while the company issued a second-quarter revenue outlook. It now expects revenue in the range of $115 million-$125 million. This is above the $96 million analysts expected.Enphase makes microinverters, which the company says "offer the most advanced inverter technology on the market, which means higher production, greater reliability, and unmatched intelligence." In the first quarter, Enphase shipped 976,410 microinverters. The company now has 2,500 homeowners that joined its Enphase Upgrade Program. In doing so, these customers get quality and service. And strong customer satisfaction is leading to more business.Enphase still grew revenue in the quarter despite facing component shortages in all of its regions. This implies that once the supply issues are resolved, revenue should grow at an even faster pace. Looking ahead, Enphase expects to have a capacity of 2 million microconverters by the fourth quarter of 2019. The higher supply will also cut its microinverter lead times to around 6-8 weeks.Enphase will expand its IQ7 microinverter regionally. Adding high-power and high-performance products, adding AC modules, and bringing Ensemble Solar and Storage technology will further drive revenue.ENPH stock is at a 52-week high but may continue climbing higher following that strong earnings report. Panasonic Corporation (PCRFY)Source: Panasonic Panasonic Corporation (OTCMKTS:PCRFY) fell to yearly lows on no recent bad news. On May 9, the company announced that it would team up with Toyota (NYSE: TM) to make smart homes. Panasonic is already an existing partner in supplying batteries for Toyota's electric vehicles. So with tens of thousands of homes potentially implementing a smart home, the partnership is a natural extension.Panasonic specializes in batteries and home appliances, while Toyota started developing robots that help with household jobs.In January, the two firms formed a joint venture for the manufacture of EV batteries. Toyota will own 51% of the venture while Panasonic will own the remaining 49%. The companies aim to increase battery capacity by 50 times, compared to those used in current Toyota hybrid vehicles. Mazda, Subaru and Daihatsu will source batteries from this joint venture. Honda already uses Panasonic batteries but will benefit from this new collaboration. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential Panasonic and Toyota will also develop solid-state batteries, which will eventually replace the lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars today. By offering a higher range at a lower cost, these new battery types could drive Panasonic's revenues higher. Johnson Controls (JCI)Source: Shutterstock Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) is the largest manufacturer of automotive batteries. The company consolidated its business in the second quarter when it closed the sale of Power Solutions ahead of schedule. Brookfield Business Partners closed its $13.2 billion acquisition of the battery unit on Apr. 30.With the battery unit sold, why should investors consider JCI stock? With growth prospects in other markets, investors could get some diversification away from battery suppliers. JCI's underlying fundamentals are strong and the company enjoys an $8.8 billion backlog. This gives it clear visibility into 2020.In the second quarter, JCI's adjusted sales grew 3% year-on-year as EPS grew 23% to 32 cents. The $5.8 billion in revenue from the Buildings unit is another bonus for holding the stock. Though JCI sold its battery unit, it still has institutional knowledge around the energy storage solutions market. For example, HVAC and controls rose in the mid-single digits while the fire and security unit is up in the mid-single-digit growth rate.For fiscal 2019, JCI expects adjusted free cash flow conversion topping 95%.On the balance sheet, JCI ended Q2 with $12.15 billion in debt. The sale of Power Solutions allows the company to cut debt by $3.4 billion. It has $8.2 billion to buyback shares. By investing back into the company, Johnson Controls' stock could trade at new highs in the coming months. Albemarle (ALB)Source: fdecomite via Flickr (Modified)In the specialty chemicals space, Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), which forecast revenue rising 8%-14% this year, benefited from lithium prices rising 3% from last year. The company reported revenue of $832 million and adjusted EBITDA of $226 million. Still, the stock may have traded close to yearly lows following its EPS falling 5% year-on-year to $1.23.Albemarle noted on its conference call that global sales of electric vehicles rose by almost 60%. This led to battery production rising. The company generated sales of $292 million for lithium. Thanks to a long-term agreement structure, pricing rose 3%. * 10 Retirement Stocks That Won't Wilt in a Bear Market For the full-year 2019, Albemarle expands sustained, strong demand for lithium. And although excess lithium carbonate from China hurt prices for carbonate, Albemarle will not compete in the same markets until pricing improves. Overall, management expects production growth of 15,000 to 20,000 metric tons and EBITDA growing in the high teens. With the company committed to 40% margins and existing long-term contracts in place, ALB stock should not stay at yearly lows for too long. Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM)Source: Shutterstock Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE:SQM) is another lithium supplier. In April, it raised its lithium outlook and said it expected sales of around 50,000 tons. The higher output is due to its operations in the Atacama salt flat.SQM shares are at 52-week lows because of the company's disappointing fourth-quarter earnings report. Despite strong demand, SQM failed to raise output to benefit from the prevailing trends. In the fourth quarter, the company reported revenue falling 1.7% to $565.2 million.Investors are not confident that the company will meet the demand growth led by full electric vehicle penetration levels reaching ~2%. Still, if SQM can increase its total capacity this year and next, the company may eventually achieve its 180,000 metric ton output target. In the near-term, SQM will keep producing at levels about demand, accumulating inventory. In doing so, it will have more flexibility in selling in higher volume if prices and demand levels are favorable.For the rest of 2019, SQM expects pricing levels similar to last year's levels. Strategically, the company will not go after market share in the short-term. Instead, it expects demand in 2025 will top one million metric tons. From there, it is positioning the company to have the output capabilities to meet that demand level.As of this writing, Chris Lau did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 High-Yield REITs to Buy (Even When the Market Tanks) * 5 Great Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy Today * 7 Tech Stocks to Buy That Are Also Perfect for Retirement Compare Brokers The post 7 Battery Stocks for High-Powered Gains appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Tesla has only sporadically purchased solar cells produced by its partner Panasonic Corporation (OTC: PCRFY), Reuters said in the Wednesday story. Last month, Tesla reported a 36-percent slide in its overall solar sales in the first quarter, adding to previous big drops since the SolarCity acquisition. The relationship between Tesla and Panasonic was also recently been thrown into question after a report from the Nikkei Asian Review that alleged the Japanese company was freezing its investments in Gigafactory 1.
Tesla has only sporadically purchased solar cells produced by its partner in the factory, Panasonic Corp, according to a Buffalo solar factory employee speaking on condition of anonymity. The rest are going largely to foreign buyers, according to a Panasonic letter to U.S. Customs officials reviewed by Reuters.
Panasonic Corp warned profit this financial year would fall for the first time in eight years as costs to boost battery output rise and it moves to overhaul some businesses amid investor pressure to find new avenues of growth. Panasonic expects costs to ramp up battery production in Japan and China for a planned electric-vehicle (EV) battery joint venture with Toyota Motor Corp to weigh heavily. Panasonic switched its focus to corporate clients such as automakers a few years ago to escape price wars in lower-margin consumer electronics.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics giant Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan to showcase technologies such as connected cars and the internet of things.
Japan's Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp said they plan to establish a joint company to develop "connected" services to be used in homes and urban development. In their latest venture, Toyota and Panasonic said they will set up a new company early next year to focus on technology that could be used to offer personalised services in the home. The pair plan to be 50-50 partners in the new firm and will increase cooperation at their respective housing operations in Japan.