What to Expect from Tesla Motors Stock After Earnings (Nasdaq: TSLA)

Tesla Motors stock has climbed 17.9% in 2015. Tesla stock could see big moves this week as the company prepares to report Q2 earnings on Wednesday, Aug. 5, after the closing bell.

EarningsTesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) is expected to report an earnings per share (EPS) loss of $0.60. That compares to a profit of $0.11 from last year. Revenue is expected to come in at $1.17 billion, which would be 36% higher than last year.

Tesla has already announced that it delivered 11,507 vehicles in Q2, which is up 52% from last year - and a record high for the company. Shareholders can expect that number to be touted by the company tomorrow.

Tesla's wide earnings loss is due to the company investing heavily in construction, engineering, and new staff.

Tesla is currently building the Gigafactory, the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory, in Nevada. The factory is expected to take a total of $5 billion to complete. By the time it reaches full production by 2020, it should produce enough batteries to power 500,000 vehicles annually.

Investors will welcome any updates on the Gigafactory's construction.

Shareholders will also be looking for an update on the Tesla Model X. The Model X will be the first SUV from Tesla. The launch of the vehicle has already been delayed previously, so an update on the official release is expected. Company officials have already said the vehicle will have a 90-kilowatt-hour battery and falcon-wing door.

Another area of focus is China. All Tesla officials have said recently is that sales are improving in the country. Concrete delivery and sales figures will be closely watched.

Tesla stock has dipped 1.2% in the previous five trading sessions leading up to Q2 earnings, but it's still up nearly 14% in the last three months. TSLA opened Tuesday at $260.01.

According to Money Morning experts, TSLA stock still has plenty of room to run long term...

Why Tesla Motors Stock Is a Long-Term Winner

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Tesla Motors stock is not for conservative investors. It's very volatile and reacts to the news much more than most stocks. If there are any big surprises in the Tesla earnings report, you can expect a significant move in TSLA shares.

But if you're willing to accept long-term risk, Tesla is an excellent choice.

"I believe Tesla is one of the best long-term investments an investor can make at the moment," Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald said. "If there is ever a case to buy a few shares and tuck them away, this is it."

One of the biggest reasons why is Tesla's recent push into the home battery market.

The home units are built using the same lithium-ion batteries used in Tesla cars. Different models store either 7 kWh or 10 kWh of solar power. It's a major shift for Tesla, making it more than just a car company.

"I think Musk is the most innovative CEO on the planet and that he sees value others don't yet recognize," Fitz-Gerald said. "Cars, batteries, innovative business models - nobody knows where it will go but ultimately if you're along for the ride, I think it'd be very hard to go wrong over time."

Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors has spoken of the home battery's importance throughout 2015.

"In everyday use, the unit is expected to allow homeowners to store solar-generated power for use during high-cost periods, giving them the flexibility to use the conventional grid for cheaper, off-peak electricity," Moors said in February.

The Bottom Line: Tesla Motors stock has outperformed the market in 2015 as the company prepares to report Q2 earnings. Investors can expect volatility from TSLA shares after the report, but for investors willing to take on some long-term risk, TSLA stock is one of the best investments on the market.

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