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Tesla Motors Down After Earnings Report

November 5, 2013

Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Lightning Feed

Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S sedan (file photo)

Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) is taking a beating after reporting its third-quarter earnings beat.

The automaker's Q3 EPS came in at $0.12 -- a penny higher than the $0.11 that Wall Street predicted.

Earnings per share were up 113 percent from the year-ago period.

Tesla has been one of the hottest stocks on Wall Street this year, rising nearly 400 percent since January. That growth is virtually unheard of -- not even Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) was able to compare in its heyday.

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is a close contender, however. The stock has performed exceptionally well this year, but its growth has yet to catch up to Tesla's level. Year-to-date, the streaming video giant is up more than 266 percent.

Tesla had suffered a minor setback when one of its vehicles caught fire, but analysts were quick to reiterate their positive ratings.

Late last month Tesla announced that it had expanded its battery supply agreement with ailing Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic (OTC: PCRFY). This surprised some investors, particularly those who had anticipated a partial (or entire) switch to Samsung (OTC: SSNLF).

In another earnings update, Tesla said that it expects its fourth quarter results to be comparable to Q3.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.

Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ

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Original headline: Tesla Down 10% Following Earnings Beat



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