TSLA - Tesla, Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
510.50
-2.99 (-0.58%)
At close: 4:00PM EST
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Previous Close513.49
Open507.61
Bid503.60 x 800
Ask509.98 x 1300
Day's Range503.16 - 515.67
52 Week Range176.99 - 547.41
Volume13,629,073
Avg. Volume11,640,922
Market Cap92.015B
Beta (5Y Monthly)0.65
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-4.77
Earnings DateJan 28, 2020
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est355.36
  • Tesla Hits All-Time High Before Being Downgraded: Where to Now?
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    Tesla Hits All-Time High Before Being Downgraded: Where to Now?

    What is the most shorted stock on Wall Street, you ask? Just beating out Apple for the top spot, it is Elon Musk’s Tesla (TSLA). $14.5 billion have been borrowed by investors in order to bet against the electric car manufacturer, apparently.The news is not very surprising as Tesla is one of the most polarizing companies out there. Hardly ever out of the headlines, most Wall Street observers have an opinion on what the future holds for the automobile industry disruptor.Earlier this week, Tesla notched an all-time high, closing Tuesday’s session at $537.92. The figure rounds out an extraordinary six months that has seen Tesla leave behind 2019’s initial troubles and virtually double its share price since the start of October. So, where is Tesla headed? This week, analysts have been throwing the hat in, offering takes on the electric vehicle company from all possible angles, with the most recent rating being a downgrade. In this article, we’ll take a look at three different ratings from the analysts.The SellRunning with the bears is Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas. Today, the 4-star analyst downgraded his rating on TSLA from Hold to Underweight, although he did raise his price target from $250 to $360. The new target implies downside of 29%. (To watch Jonas’ track record, click here)While acknowledging Tesla’s delivery beats and the progress of the company’s massive production facilities in China, Jonas believes Tesla’s recent surge is unsustainable. Jonas said, “Near-term momentum and sentiment around the stock is admittedly very strong, but we ultimately question the sustainability of the momentum… We believe the current share price discounts a fully ramped up China, Berlin and Model Y."The HoldSitting in the middle seat of the Tesla debate is Deutsche Bank’s Emmanuel Rosner. Rosner highlights Tesla’s recent 4Q19 vehicle delivery figures which beat consensus expectations across the board; In the fourth quarter, Tesla delivered 112,000 units, exceeding the Street’s estimate of 106,000 and totaling 367,000 for the whole year. The number is within the boundary of the company’s yearly guidance, which called for between 360,000 – 400,000 units. It also provides a 50% increase over 2018 figures.Rosner said, “We believe this new solid quarter of deliveries could further put to rest investor concerns around softening demand for Tesla’s product. While bears will likely argue 4Q deliveries benefited from strong purchases ahead of tax credits expiring in various countries, Tesla is just about to start deliveries of locally made Model 3s in the very large China market, at an attractive price point.”Bearing this in mind, Rosner kept his Hold rating on Tesla as is but bumped his price target up to $455 from the previous target of $290. The target, though, still implies downside of 11% over the next year. (To watch Rosner’s track record, click here)The Buy After Tesla’s stock hit a high point, is it time to sell? Not according to Jefferies’ Philippe Houchois, who believes Tesla is likely to start turning a profit this year and, therefore, selling at the present valuation will be a mistake. Houchois argues that present consensus estimates are “reasonable and conservative”, with Tesla standing to gain not only from car sales but also from products such as power storage and third-party battery sales. The company’s upcoming Q4 report in which it will lay out its financial plans for more factories and other capital-heavy costs will be “critical”, adds the analyst.So, what does it mean? It means Houchois kept his Buy rating but increased his price target to $600. The new target implies upside of 18%. (To watch Houchois’ track record, click here)The View from the StreetWhat does the rest of the Street make of Tesla’s prospects, then? 7 Buys, 7 Holds and 12 Sell ratings coalesce into a Hold consensus rating. The bears currently have the momentum, though, as the average price target comes in at $364.69 and indicates potential downside of 29%. (See Tesla price targets and analyst ratings on TipRanks) To find good ideas for stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.

  • 'You're stealing our water': Germans protest against Tesla gigafactory
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    'You're stealing our water': Germans protest against Tesla gigafactory

    Around 250 Germans on Saturday protested in the outskirts of Berlin where electric car startup Tesla is planning to build a gigafactory, saying its construction will endanger water supply and wildlife in the area. The U.S. carmaker announced plans last November to build its first European car factory in Gruenheide, in the eastern state of Brandenburg. Politicians, unions and industry groups have welcomed the move, saying it will bring jobs to the region, but environmental concerns drove hundreds of locals to the streets on Saturday.

  • Benzinga

    Bulls And Bears Of The Week: IBM, Microsoft, Tesla And More

    Benzinga has examined the prospects for many investor favorite stocks over the past week. Bullish calls included a software leader and a discount airline. Bearish calls included an electric vehicle giant ...

  • Benzinga

    Barron's Picks And Pans: Apple, Boeing, Disney, Tesla And More

    This weekend's Barron's cover story explains why Dow 30,000 is just the start. Other featured articles offer a close look at stock picks from some Barron's Roundtable panelists. Also, the prospects for ...

  • "You're stealing our water": Germans protest against Tesla gigafactory
    Reuters

    "You're stealing our water": Germans protest against Tesla gigafactory

    Around 250 Germans on Saturday protested in the outskirts of Berlin where electric car startup Tesla is planning to build a gigafactory, saying its construction will endanger water supply and wildlife in the area. The U.S. carmaker announced plans last November to build its first European car factory in Gruenheide, in the eastern state of Brandenburg. Politicians, unions and industry groups have welcomed the move, saying it will bring jobs to the region, but environmental concerns drove hundreds of locals to the streets on Saturday.

  • These stocks soared even as the companies lost money — here’s why that’s not as crazy as it sounds
    MarketWatch

    These stocks soared even as the companies lost money — here’s why that’s not as crazy as it sounds

    DEEP DIVE The monetary forces that have helped feed the bull market are so strong that scores of stocks have risen significantly over the past year even as the companies themselves have been losing money.

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    Letters to Barron’s

    Letters on politics and the market, the job market, fiscal vs. monetary policy, Apple, Tesla, and Amgen

  • Barrons.com

    Tesla Shares Have Been on an Incredible Run. But That’s No Reason to Feel You’ve Missed the Bus.

    If you believe that electric-vehicles have a lot of growth ahead of them, then you still have an opportunity with Tesla, But control your risk by buying on the dips and selling on the rises.

  • GlobeNewswire

    Tesla Announces Date for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results and Webcast

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2020 -- Tesla will post its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019 after market close on Wednesday, January.

  • Barrons.com

    Tesla and Spotify Stock Could Soar Tenfold, James Anderson Says

    Tesla has met certain targets that are “remarkable” while Spotify had more than 100 million premium subscribers last year, and is “outcompeting Apple,” says James Anderson, partner and portfolio manager at Baillie Gifford.

  • Barrons.com

    Tesla Should Merge With Volkswagen. Here’s Why.

    If the German car giant can’t beat Elon Musk’s electric-vehicle pioneer, maybe it should join them instead. Tesla is already closing in on Volkswagen’s market capitalization.

  • Yes, Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk does have an idea about how to fix Twitter
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    Yes, Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk does have an idea about how to fix Twitter

    Musk (TSLA)has more than 30 million followers on Twitter, where he has stirred plenty of controversy of his own over the past few years. Dorsey spoke to Musk via a video call from a company meeting in Houston with Twitter employees watching.

  • 3 Large Caps to Short
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    3 Large Caps to Short

    Many bullish investors might be saying to themselves, "so far, so good" for the month of January. Still, to ensure this isn't as good as it gets for your portfolio, let's dive into three large caps worth betting against in 2020.It has been a great start to the year. And it goes without saying most of us hope the party will motor on. The broad-based, large cap S&P 500 index is up about 3% in January and continues to hit record highs with more than two trading weeks left in the month. Who wouldn't want that type of performance after 2019's amazing 29% gain and one layered on top of this past decade's record breaking bull market?Only a bear I suppose.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIncreasingly though, it looks like Goldilocks is at the doorstep. Aside from the amazing price feats in large caps -- the latest being Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) admittance into the $1 trillion club -- there are problems. There's a complacent market resting on historically rich multiples to be worried about. Investors might also be concerned about an overly accommodating Federal Reserve or a seemingly endless string of strong economic data. And that's not all. * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week Now and with this week's euphoric pricing of negotiated trade deals, investors have every right to be even more fearful. And one way to make sure today's market isn't as good as it gets for you is to have these three large cap stocks positioned as bearish allies in your portfolio. Large Caps to Short: Tesla (TSLA) Source: Charts by TradingViewMany bears have been on the wrong side of the street in Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). In fact, TSLA stock is officially the U.S. market's most heavily shorted equity with $14.5 billion in bets against shares. Right now, however, there is more to betting against TSLA stock without miserly joining the ranks of punished bears.Technically and as the weekly chart details, Tesla is in a strongly overbought position evidenced by its stochastics and price in relation to its upper Bollinger Band. Throw in a slightly extended 100% Fibonacci-based two-step pattern (AB = CD) completing in a large shooting star candlestick and TSLA looks ready for a bearish test drive.TSLA Stock Bear Strategy: I wouldn't recommend shorting Tesla. I'd advise gaining short delta exposure using a limited and reduced risk bear put spread. One on my radar is a well-positioned March $480 / $465 put spread. Apple (AAPL) Source: Charts by TradingViewAfter 2019's dazzling 89% gain in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), the AAPL stock chart indicates that it's well-positioned for a short.Technically, January's follow-through momentum has pushed Apple shares into a test of four well-extended layers of Fibonacci-based resistance. The tight completion area is comprised of three two-step patterns dating as far back as the 2009 financial crisis bottom and a 100% extension out of AAPL stock's 2018 - 2019 corrective base.AAPL Stock Bear Strategy: For this large cap stock I'd suggest waiting for a reversal candlestick to form on the weekly time frame before shorting shares. A stop-loss above the pattern high makes sense to minimize losses if shares buck the odds and continue to display over-the-top investor confidence. * The 10 Best Value Stocks to Own in 2020 On the downside, $250 - $265 is where taking initial profits looks promising. This area holds AAPL stock's 38% retracement level from last year's corrective low and prior trend-line resistance, which should act as support. Walmart (WMT) Source: Charts by TradingViewWalmart (NYSE:WMT) is the last of our large caps to short. The world's largest bricks and mortar retailer has shown itself to be an adaptive and resilient company in today's e-commerce market. But WMT stock's ability to rise to the occasion against the likes of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) appears to be priced in at this point in time.Technically, shares of Walmart have moved into layers of Fibonacci-based resistance. The price action isn't unlike that of TSLA stock or AAPL stock. And similar to the former, WMT stock even sports a monthly chart shooting star. But in this large-cap stock, the bearish November price pattern has been confirmed out-the-gate in 2020.WMT Stock Bear Strategy: With the topping pattern backed by an overbought and ill-positioned stochastics crossover, there's no time like the present to short WMT stock. Set a stop-loss above $125 to minimize potential damage off and on the WMT price chart. If shares begin to correct, taking initial profits near the pleasing to the eye $100 level and four-year uptrend support looks about right.Disclosure: Investment accounts under Christopher Tyler's management do not currently own positions in any of the securities mentioned in this article. The information offered is based upon Christopher Tyler's observations and strictly intended for educational purposes only; the use of which is the responsibility of the individual. For additional market insights and related musings, follow Chris on Twitter @Options_CAT and StockTwits. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 * 7 Fintech ETFs to Buy Now for Fabulous Financial Exposure * 3 Tech Stocks to Play Ahead of Earnings The post 3 Large Caps to Short appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Virgin Galactic Stock Takes Off Before SpaceX and Blue Origin
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    Virgin Galactic Stock Takes Off Before SpaceX and Blue Origin

    Exciting milestones are being achieved in space travel rocket technology, attracting early investors and paying customers.

  • Should Insider Buying Tempt You Into These 7 Stocks?
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    Should Insider Buying Tempt You Into These 7 Stocks?

    When insiders sell a stock, investors do not always get a clear signal on what that means. Automatic selling could send false bearish signals that are not there. Conversely, insiders buying shares suggests that the executive group is bullish on the company's near-term prospects. Chances are low that insiders would buy shares if they did not believe that markets undervalued the company.Investors may search out large-capitalization companies that had insiders buying shares in recent months. There are four technology companies, two consumer discretionary firms and one health company that have reported notable insider buying activities. Even more compelling with these seven companies is that they may suit investors looking for a good deal. Their share prices either fell hard recently or their stocks are already trading at favorably low valuations.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Intel (INTC)Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com Despite trading close to 52-week highs, insider buying of Intel stock suggests James Goetz is confident in the chip giant's future. Technology fans are certain that Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) will take its notebook, PC and server market share through Ryzen 4000, Ryzen and EPYC chips, respectively. But value investors unwilling to overpay for AMD stock may hold Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) instead.The dividend yield of 2.1%, price-to-earnings ratio below 14 times and its ambitions beyond PC chips are just a few reasons to hold the stock.At the Mobileye Media & Customer Conference, Intel highlighted the growth of Mobileye chip shipments, which topped 17.4 million in 2019. This is up from 12.4 million in 2018. With 33 design wins and 16 product launches in 2019, Intel's Mobileye offers tremendous growth ahead. For example, its chips supply front camera functions for driver assistance in automobiles. Its conditional autonomy features include driver monitoring and surround vision.In 2022, the unit expects to have "mobility as a service" ready. One day, Mobileye will have full autonomy solutions for the auto market.Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) popularized the idea of self-driving electric vehicles, but Intel has tremendous revenue growth opportunities as it sells more autonomous driving chip solutions on the market. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Are Not Worth a Second Glance Per simplywall.st, the stock is historically inexpensive and also offers a healthy dividend yield. Its price-earnings to growth ratio is one risk to watch out for. At 6.4 times, the value relative to future growth is poor. In that same vein, analysts are neutral on the upside for INTC stock, with an average price target of $58. Alternatively, a 5-year discounted cash flow model that assumes revenue growing 5% annually implies a fair value of near $61. Uber (UBER)Source: BigTunaOnline / Shutterstock.com Director Ronald Sugar's buying of 35,000 Uber (NYSE:UBER) shares at $27.20 late last year proved timely. The stock rallied since then, and might break out after its earnings report on Feb. 6. Despite the stock showing strong performance, Uber has some major near-term challenges to overcome.The company dropped upfront pricing for most Californian riders. By showing customers only estimated prices, removing rewards for frequent users and allowing drivers to turn down requests, Uber wants to get around what's being dubbed as the "gig-worker law." California's Assembly Bill 5 seeks to classify workers as employees. This gives them more labor rights but increases Uber's costs.To shift from ride-hailing toward technology, Uber added Korean automotive giant Hyundai (OTCMKTS:HYMTF) as its newest partner on electric air taxi development. Hyundai thinks it will have an urban air mobility service in 2028. But Uber investors are not looking at an air taxi as a source of revenue growth. Still, it does show that Uber is getting ahead of the technology curve and is seeking growth from innovation.Uber will continue investing in its marketplace to drive top-line and margin growth. It will invest more in its premium products, offering more options for customers. And it will have the financial discipline to minimize operating cost growth.Looking ahead to its earnings call on Feb. 6, Uber will give investors its full-year 2020 guidance. Expect strong ride usage driving revenue and plans for operating expenses falling throughout this year. Investors may prefer to play it safe by forecasting revenue falling to 25% annually. In this 5-year DCF model, Uber stock may have a downside risk of 26%. Salesforce (CRM)Source: Bjorn Bakstad / Shutterstock.com Director Susan Wojcicki's purchase of 1,100 shares of Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) stock at about $175 on Jan. 7 proved timely. The stock reached new highs last week and shows no sign of falling off.A few analyst upgrades create a strong uptrend in CRM stock at the beginning of this year. RBC and Jefferies posted positive reports on the company. Last month, Cowen called the stock the best idea of 2020.On Dec. 3, Salesforce reported revenue growing a solid 33% to $4.5 billion. Earnings per share of 75 cents were ahead of consensus estimates. The cloud software firm has strong momentum and the business is getting stronger. The revenue growth should impress even the most bearish investor. The company is delivering on good experiences and is exceeding expectations. This is attracting more companies from all over the world.Salesforce has a simple approach: It centers its solution on the customer. So, they see the company as its trusted advisor. * 9 Up-and-Coming Small-Cap Stocks to Watch The company cited many big companies as customers, including Boeing (NYSE:BA), Siemens, CarMax (NYSE:KMX) and Corteva (NYSE:CTVA). So, by creating a 360-degree view of its customers, Salesforce is helping offer a better customer experience. Since no other software company offers this level of customer management, Salesforce has a strong moat. Fastly (FSLY)Source: Blackboard / Shutterstock Last summer, an insider buying shares of Fastly (NYSE:FSLY) may have proven to be too early. The stock is stuck in a trading range, but its fundamentals are getting better.Fastly posted third-quarter revenue growing $49.8 million, up 35% year-over-year. It lost 9 cents a share on a GAAP basis. In Q4, it still expects a loss between 10 cents and 13 cents. And for the full-year 2019, it expects revenue as high as $198 million.Fastly is cutting costs and seeking operating leverage opportunities to reach a path of profitability. Its network attracts developers who continue to use more of its platform and tools. So long as more developers join the service and use its newer tools, Fastly's revenue growth could accelerate. Last quarter, it added a developer library. So, by including ready-to-deploy code and solution patterns, users may work more effectively and save on development time.New product launches, such as Compute@Edge, a partnership with HashiCorp and tools for big data analysis, may bring on more developers in the months to come. Raised full-year revenue expectations suggest that the company is already noticing strong demand for its new products.Fastly does not get much investor coverage and has only one analyst setting a $24 price target. Investors may assume revenue growing as low as 8% in a 10-year DCF revenue exit model. In this forecast, the stock is worth around $21. General Electric (GE)Source: testing / Shutterstock.com General Electric (NYSE:GE) CEO Larry Culp bought over 300,000 more GE shares in August 2019, at a price just over $9 a share. The stock traded recently at 52-week highs, meaning that buy appreciated well for Culp.Known for its ties to inventor Thomas Edison, GE was formed from two companies merging in 1892. Aviation, healthcare and power made up its core businesses back in 2018. Today, it is shifting its focus out of healthcare and into power regeneration.That move will pay off. Looking ahead, General Electric set a priority to turn around its hydro and grid business. On its conference call, Culp said:"At Renewable Energy, we're well positioned to capitalize on the energy transition. Orders and revenues were up double digits again, as we delivered approximately 1,400 turbines and repower kits in the quarter. We're seeing strength in international orders and order pricing continues to improve."General Electric posted renewable energy orders growing 30% to $5 billion. Its overall backlog of $27 billion is up 19% year-over-year.GE knows it cannot ignore the renewables energy business because of the addressable market size. The International Energy Agency said that offshore wind energy is a $1 trillion market by 2040. General Electric itself must deliver on better profitability as its business grows. * 4 Energy Stocks to Power the New Year The company is not yet there. Margins fell roughly 2% in renewables in the last quarter. As its cost reduction programs progress and onshore volumes grow, GE's profitability will improve. Cigna (CI)Source: Piotr Swat / Shutterstock.com While it wasn't as immediate, a December insider buy of Cigna (NYSE:CI) stock by Eric Foss paid off. Foss bought 10,200 shares of Cigna at about $195 a share on Dec. 3. Those shares topped over $210 in early January.So, is it too late for you to join in?When it next reports results on Feb. 6, the company will likely announce another strong quarter. In the third quarter, it posted earnings growing 14% to $1.4 billion, or $3.57 a share. Revenue more than doubled to $38.6 billion. The company issued a non-GAAP EPS forecast of $16.80-$17.00 for FY 2019. For 2020, it expects retention of a healthy 97%.Cigna announced the sale of its Group Life and Disability Insurance unit in December. This allows it to raise its share buyback program by a lofty $4 billion. And since the unit sale will bring in $6.3 billion, Cigna may use some of those funds to reduce its debt.In addition to disciplined balance sheet management, Cigna is integrating its Express Scripts unit well. It already expects top-line growth of 8%-10%. Thanks to international growth, enterprise growth will be 6% to 8%. Strong pharmacy solutions outside of the U.S. are driving positive results. And as Cigna adds artificial intelligence predictive indicators and predictive modeling against its benefits business, the company will squeeze out more profits. Conagra Brands (CAG)Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Conagra Brands (NYSE:CAG) stock spiked to the $35 level after the processed and packaged goods supplier reported strong quarterly results. Even though an insider bought the stock at higher prices, valuations are compelling at 19.9 times earnings. On Jan. 2, Craig Omtvedt bought 40,000 shares at a price of $33.99 for a cost of about $1.4 million.The company posted its key initiatives that were all on track. Frozen and snacks, plus Hunt's Tomato and Chef Boyardee all showed strength. And even though the debt-to-equity of 1.4 times is unfavorable, the company continues to pay down debt. As year-to-date margins rose 21 basis points to 16.5%, integration and synergies will drive costs lower.In the Q3 period, Conagra found $42 million in savings, and now forecasts $305 million in upside synergies. This is up from a prior $285 million estimate.Conagra forecasts that in fiscal 2020 its product launch cycle will lead to improving results in the second half of the year. Although CAG stock initially soared on this news, the markets adjusted after processing the forecast timeline.Analysts have a modest upside price target on Conagra stock. Based on 11 analyst reports, the average price target is $34.73, which implies about 5% of upside from its current share price. Conversely, a cautious investor may model a 5-year DCF revenue exit model. Assuming revenue stalls in that time frame, the stock is trading at a fair value of around $33.As of this writing, Chris Lau did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 * 7 Fintech ETFs to Buy Now for Fabulous Financial Exposure * 3 Tech Stocks to Play Ahead of Earnings The post Should Insider Buying Tempt You Into These 7 Stocks? appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Benzinga

    NHTSA Considers Investigation Into Reports Of Teslas With Unintended Acceleration

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering whether to investigate reports of unintended acceleration in three Tesla models. NHTSA officials said they'll review a petition asking ...

  • U.S. will look at sudden acceleration complaints involving 500,000 Tesla vehicles
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    U.S. will look at sudden acceleration complaints involving 500,000 Tesla vehicles

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday it will review a petition asking the agency to formally investigate and recall 500,000 Tesla Inc vehicles over sudden unintended acceleration reports. The petition covers 2012 through 2019 model year Tesla Model S, 2016 through 2019 Tesla Model X, and 2018 through 2019 Tesla Model 3 vehicles, the agency said.

  • Benzinga

    Benzinga Pro's Top 5 Stocks To Watch For Fri., Jan. 17, 2020: TSLA, NFLX, IBM, TWTR, PLAY

    Benzinga Pro's Stocks To Watch For Friday Tesla (TSLA) - A report suggested The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will review a petition requesting a formal investigation of some 500,000 Tesla ...

  • FCEL Stock Very Well May Be the Next Renewable Stock to Soar
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    FCEL Stock Very Well May Be the Next Renewable Stock to Soar

    FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ:FCEL) often gets compared to Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG). Although FCEL stock has also had some momentum recently, it's a tenuous comparison.Source: Kaca Skokanova/Shutterstock Both companies ostensibly are "fuel cell" plays, yet their operating models are completely different. After all, Plug Power uses fuel cell technology to power forklifts and other electric vehicles. FuelCell Energy, however, is in the power generation business. Its model sits much closer to Bloom Energy (NYSE:BE) than to Plug Power.That said, from a financial standpoint, the grouping of FCEL and PLUG -- not to mention Bloom Energy and Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP) -- does make some sense. Fuel cell stocks as a whole have been notorious destroyers of investor capital.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBoth PLUG stock and FCEL stock have lost more than 99% of their value from past peaks. FuelCell Energy stock, in fact, is down nearly 99% just in the last five years.The entire sector has just a handful of profitable quarters -- and not a single full year of positive earnings. Fuel cell stocks have always been tantalizing, and seemingly always just a year or two away from finally fulfilling their promise. Disappointment, without exception, has followed. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 But Plug Power has managed to execute an intriguing turnaround of late, with its shares up 173% over the past year. FCEL stock has seen similar optimism, with shares gaining a stunning 1,500% from a Jun. 26 intraday low.Even with those gains, however, its turnaround is in the earlier stages -- which means it might be the next fuel cell stock to soar, or once again the next to disappoint. The Case for FCEL StockThe gains of late aren't quite as impressive as they seem. The June lows came just before FuelCell itself warned of a possible bankruptcy filing. Shares, somewhat incredibly given the fierce rally of late, still are down 68% over the past year.But FuelCell has delivered reason for optimism. Much of the rally has come since November. Early that month, the company announced a 2-year carbon capture agreement with Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM). The same day, the company released details of a $200 million credit facility. Shares doubled on the two pieces of news and would rise a whopping 230% in just seven trading sessions.The next catalyst came just before Christmas. A long-delayed project with Edison International (NYSE:EIX) subsidiary Southern California Edison finally came online. The opening with a 2.8-megawatt facility in Tulare, California came with a 20-year power purchase agreement.As a result, a company that looked like it wasn't going to make it through 2019 without restructuring had an improved balance sheet and a large, legitimate project that would provide revenue for some two decades. The addition of respected partners in Edison and Exxon Mobil boosted the long-term case as well. FuelCell Energy stock again soared.This simply looks like a different, better company than it did six months ago. Bulls might even argue that it looks like a better company than it did a year ago -- when FCEL stock traded near $7 (adjusted for a 1-for-12 reverse split in May). \Even considering substantial dilution from warrants issued in the loan facility, that argument still suggests that shares have a continued rally ahead from the current price just above $2. The RisksIt's in that context that the rally in PLUG stock is perhaps more material than it might seem. The skeptical answer to any rally in pretty much any fuel cell stock is simple: we've been here before. Yes, there's some good news, but there's been good news plenty of times in the past. Investors have always ended up disappointed, and this time won't be any different.But those skeptics would have missed out on the rally in Plug Power stock. And that rally thus likely changes the narrative surrounding FuelCell Energy at the moment. Even though the operating models of the two companies are different, investors may not want to miss out on the "next" big winner in the space, and they may have more willingness to take on the industry's risk than they would have otherwise. The Bottom Line on FCEL StockThat said, history isn't the only risk. FuelCell Energy has a long, long way to go. Long-term adoption of fuel cell technology is far from guaranteed. Battery technology from the likes of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) may better represent the future of "clean" energy.Meanwhile, short-term price movements don't completely negate that history. FuelCell Energy has been around since 1969. The company went public in 1992. It's certainly fair to wonder if there simply is a structural problem with the industry and the business model that suggests long-term profitability isn't on the way. Again, the company has been around for more than 50 years and still is burning cash.That history, as well as the intense competition in the renewable energy space more broadly, is enough to keep me personally on the sidelines. But the market may well see it differently, and at the very least FuelCell Energy has a chance to prove that this time indeed is different. That's more than the company could say just six months ago, and the key reason why FCEL stock has soared.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 * 7 Fintech ETFs to Buy Now for Fabulous Financial Exposure * 3 Tech Stocks to Play Ahead of Earnings The post FCEL Stock Very Well May Be the Next Renewable Stock to Soar appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Inside Tesla’s Attack on Germany’s Auto Establishment
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    Inside Tesla’s Attack on Germany’s Auto Establishment

    (Bloomberg) -- German rangers stand guard to shoo away visitors from a nondescript stretch of forest near Berlin, where a sign nearby warns of “Lebensgefahr” (mortal danger).The precautions are part of the frantic activity underway to set up Tesla Inc.’s latest assembly plant, Elon Musk’s most daring attack on the German auto establishment. Workers wielding metal detectors have started combing through an area covering some 200 football fields to search for errant ammunition lurking beneath the sandy surface of tiny Gruenheide.It’s the first stage to prepare a site that could churn out as many as 500,000 cars a year, employ 12,000 people and pose a serious challenge to Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG and BMW AG. Once deemed free of World War II explosives, harvesters and trucks will roll in to clear thousands of trees in the first stage of development. The work needs to be done by the end of February to meet Tesla’s aggressive timetable. The project represents a second chance for the quiet town, nestled between two lakes on the edge of a nature reserve southeast of Berlin.Gruenheide lost out on a similar factory two decades ago, when BMW opted for Leipzig. That missed opportunity helped town officials to move quickly when Tesla expressed interest in building its first European factory in Germany, with a plot set aside for industrial use and offering easy access to the Autobahn and rail lines.Read More: Elon Musk’s German Factory Started With Love Letter From Berlin“The investment is a unique opportunity,” Mayor Arne Christiani said in his office, where a map of the Tesla project hangs on the wall. “It gives young people with a good education or a university degree the possibility to stay in our region—an option that didn’t exist in past years.”If it clears Germany’s red tape, the plant will make batteries, powertrains and vehicles, including the Model Y crossover, the Model 3 sedan and any future cars, according to company filings. The factory hall will include a pressing plant, paint shop and seat manufacturing in a building that will be 744 meters (2,440 feet) long—nearly triple the length of the Titanic. There’s space for four such facilities.Musk is taking his fight for the future of transport into the heartland of the combustion engine, where the established players long laughed off Tesla as an upstart on feeble financial footing that couldn’t compete with their rich engineering heritage. He casually dropped the news at an awards ceremony in Berlin in November, leaving the top brass of Germany’s car industry shell-shocked.“Elon Musk is going where his strongest competitors are, right into the heart of the global auto industry,” said Juergen Pieper, a Frankfurt-based analyst with Bankhaus Metzler. “No other foreign carmaker has done that in decades given Germany’s high wages, powerful unions and high taxes.”Building a factory in Europe’s largest car market is a major test of Musk’s global ambitions. Demand in the region is flat, and buyers are more loyal to local brands. Meanwhile, labor costs in Germany’s auto sector are 50% higher than in the U.S. and five times what they are in Poland, just an hour’s drive away from Gruenheide.Gruenheide TimelineEnd February: Finish tree logging before migrant birds nest March 5: Deadline for comments from nearby residents March 18: Public meeting to discuss the project Mid-2020: Construction expected to begin July 2021: Targeted start of productionOn the positive side, electric cars require less labor to build, and Germany has a deep reserve of auto experts. The location also offers the soft-power advantage of proximity to the country’s leaders.Under pressure for being slow to pick up on the electric-car shift, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government extended a welcoming hand to Musk. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier offered to try to ease regulatory hurdles that may snag construction. “There’s a lot at stake” in Tesla’s plan, he said soon after the project was announced.Musk’s incursion comes at a strategically opportune time. Riding a wave of optimism after successfully starting deliveries of its China-built Model 3 sedans a year after breaking ground on a factory there, Tesla’s stock has doubled in the past three months.Meanwhile, German peers are struggling with the costly shift away from combustion engines. Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler announced thousands of job cuts last year, when German car production fell to its lowest level in almost a quarter of a century. For Gruenheide, the planned investment has suddenly transformed the town of 8,700 people into a sought-after location. Local officials receive development proposals on a daily basis: anything from 22-story apartment towers to U.S.-style shopping malls, said Christiani, who hopes the plant will help unlock financing for public transport, schools and medical facilities.In the town hall, five thick binders are available for locals to peruse the project’s details, including 463 trucks expected to roll into the plant each day, a rail spur for train deliveries and an on-site fire brigade.Tesla still has to jump through a number of hoops. Residents have the chance to raise objections, and some have bemoaned that they’ve seen little from the company since its blockbuster announcement. Meanwhile, the local water utility warned it won’t be able to supply the site in time and raised concerns over its location in a zone meant to help protect drinking water supplies.And then the company has to carry out initiatives to protect wildlife—including scaring off any wolves in the area, relocating hibernating bats and removing lizards and snakes until construction is finished. The U.S. carmaker also has to replace felled trees.The mayor expects these hurdles to be cleared so that the first made-in-Gruenheide Teslas can roll out in July 2021.“The forest is classified as a harvest-ready, inferior pine forest,” Christiani said. “It was never supposed to be a rain forest.”—With assistance from Hayley Warren  (Adds criticism from water utility in 17th paragraph.)To contact the author of this story: Stefan Nicola in Berlin at snicola2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Reiter at creiter2@bloomberg.net, Craig TrudellChad ThomasFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • TheStreet.com

    Tesla Shares Dip After U.S. Reviews Petition Into Possible Acceleration Defect

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will review a petition calling for a probe into possible 'sudden acceleration' in 500,000 Tesla vehicles.

  • Foxconn May Be About to Prove Elon Musk Wrong
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    Foxconn May Be About to Prove Elon Musk Wrong

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Five years ago, in a routine display of trash talking, Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk made a now infamous quip about how hard it is to manufacture automobiles.“Cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches,’’ he told German newspaper Handelsblatt. “You can’t just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: Build me a car.”He may be proven wrong. Foxconn Technology Group, through its Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. unit, will establish a joint venture with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the Taiwanese company said in an exchange filing Thursday. While not yet signed, they expect their 50-50 enterprise will “develop and manufacture electric vehicles and engage in IOV (internet of vehicles) business,” referencing a growing ecosystem of connected cars that share location, weather, traffic and vehicle information.Hon Hai would be responsible for design, components and supply chain management, Chairman Young Liu told Debby Wu of Bloomberg News. Foxconn might not actually do final assembly, he said.If you’ve ever visited Foxconn’s global headquarters on the outskirts of Taipei, you’d know that the prospect of the company designing cars is disconcerting. It truly is one of the ugliest office buildings in the world. So let’s hope Fiat Chrysler takes the driver’s seat on that.However, components, supply chain management, and manufacturing are right up Foxconn’s alley. The company makes most of Apple Inc.’s iPhones and iPads, as well as a lot of the electronics that go into cars, including Teslas.Tesla’s then-head of vehicle engineering, Doug Field, whose resume includes Apple and Ford Motor Co., in February 2018 subtly dissed the Foxconn-Apple relationship. “The model at Foxconn was very different” from Tesla, because the Taiwanese company uses manual labor to achieve economies of scale quickly. The iPad is a product “whose simplicity is orders of magnitude below ours.” Field returned to Apple later that year.Let’s agree, cars are indeed more complicated than tablets or smartphones. But I’ll say that there’s no way Elon Musk could churn out half a million handsets per day, consistently, with quality and on time.By contrast, Foxconn, because of the reasons Field outlined, could be well placed to leverage its 40 years of experience in manufacturing, scale and manual processes to get Fiat Chrysler to mass production of electric vehicles quicker than almost anyone in the world. After all, Foxconn’s giant workforce and scale mean it’s the only company that can churn out 5 million iPhones a week at launch every year for the past decade.With scale comes not just cost advantages but supply-chain leverage, an important element when you’re hunting down parts that may be in short stock. Batteries, for example, have been a bottleneck for Tesla deliveries in the past. But when your client list includes Apple, Dell Inc., HP Inc. and a dozen other companies that need batteries by the container, suppliers are likely to put you higher on the priority list. Given that they’re the largest cost of an electric vehicle, solving both the supply problem and then using scale to force costs down could give Foxconn and Fiat Chrysler an edge.Having electric vehicles more readily available and delivered on time might even take the gloss off the cult of Tesla, which is driven in part by the difficulty of getting your hands on one. Yet Fiat Chrysler needs to ensure that Foxconn doesn’t mess it up. It’s known to be domineering in partnerships, with an obsession toward efficiency and cutting costs, rather than value-added branding. Its venture with HMD Global Oyj to revive the Nokia name looked promising until Foxconn executives started pulling rank, overruling those who truly knew how to design and market phones. Many of the talented members of the consortium left and the brand is unlikely to see the revival that many had expected.Sure, Fiat Chrysler is taking a risk by betting on Foxconn. But the U.S.-Italian car company doesn’t have much to lose, and knows that it has little time to waste. Chief Executive Officer Mike Manley is hoping to merge with France’s PSA Group, and told investors in October that electrification could happen on a grand scale after that.It’s also likely to join a self-driving car venture being set up by BMW AG and Daimler AG, Bloomberg reported this month. Such plans necessitate the kind of electric vehicle technologies it doesn’t currently have. Foxconn doesn’t, either, but between them there’s every chance the two companies can develop or acquire what’s needed.If Foxconn really wants to make it in electric vehicles, it will need to learn from Fiat Chrysler the importance of good design, marketing savvy, and brand mystique. In other words, a little bit of Elon Musk.Just not too much.To contact the author of this story: Tim Culpan at tculpan1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Patrick McDowell at pmcdowell10@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tim Culpan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering technology. He previously covered technology for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Financial Times

    Tesla’s soaring share price defies the bears

    If Tesla has finally put worries about operational chaos and financial instability behind it, how high might its share price fly? The sharp rally has left most Wall Street analysts struggling to justify their much lower share price forecasts — while giving the Tesla bulls new confidence to predict that the stock will move even higher. In the middle of 2018, Pierre Ferragu, an analyst at New Street Research, came up with the Street’s most ambitious forecast at $530 a share.

  • Financial Times

    Bonuses at risk as M&A fees slide

    The drinks are still flowing at Le Bernardin and The Grill in Manhattan, but the bankers spending lavishly there may soon notice that their wallets are not being refilled as rapidly as their glasses. Bonus pools are expected to be lower at some of Wall Street’s top banks after merger and acquisition advisory fees dropped $558m last year, several top dealmakers tell DD.