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We'll Tell You When It's Time to Tap Tesla

A week ago today, in a strategy story aimed at helping you survive and thrive in today’s whipsaw markets, Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald told us to put Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) on our “watch lists” for a likely future purchase.

“BP, Tesla is a definite ‘shopping list’ stock,” Keith told me back then. “We’ve been nibbling at it here, and have played it successfully several times. But it’s not yet at the point where I’m ready to jump all the way in. I think my rationale behind Tesla remains upbeat. I mean, you’ve got a real winning combination here – a disruptive sales model, a CEO who’s the most innovative guy on the planet, all the capital in the world that can be brought to bear. I don’t give a rat’s [tail] that New Jersey won’t let the company sell its cars there. There are much bigger opportunities. Wait ’til you see what the company does with China.”

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    2014 General Motors (NYSE: GM) Recalls Will Be a "Legacy Issue for Years to Come"


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    The most worrisome of today's recalls, both in terms of consumer safety and number of vehicles affected, is an air bag issue that will have to be fixed for 1.2 million of GM's crossover SUV models. If a customer ignores a warning light that reads "Service Air Bag," it can result in non-deployment on a side impact collision.

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    After a strong 2013, General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) stock has slumped so far this year and could use an earnings beat when it announces results Thursday morning before the markets open.

    Analyst expectations for General Motors earnings per share (EPS) have slipped from $0.90 three months ago to $0.87 now, which is partly responsible for the 13.5% slide in GM stock so far this year.

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  • Can General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) Shake Off Trouble from Europe? General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) reported today (Thursday) its biggest annual profit ever for 2011, but weakness from Europe could dull the share-price rally.

    Net income for the 2011 fiscal year hit $7.6 billion, 62% higher than the $4.7 billion GM earned a year ago and more than the previous record of $6.7 billion in 1997. Revenue increased 11% to $150.3 billion.

    Net income for the quarter hit $472 million, or 28 cents a share, down from $510 million, or 31 cents a share, a year ago.

    North America was GM's biggest income driver, accounting for $7.2 billion of the year's profit. GM suffered a $747 million loss in Europe, where consumer spending is struggling.

    "We clearly have work to do in Europe," GM Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann told reporters. "We have work to do in the South America business. Frankly, we have work to do all around the company in terms of cost opportunity."

    Investors remain wary over how successful GM will be at maintaining its profit rise as long as Europe remains weak - and looks increasingly weaker.

    "Just because things were looking OK at the end of last year doesn't mean that they will continue to look OK," Richard Cookson, chief investment officer of Citi Private Bank, told MSNBC. "Our best guess is that conditions will continue to deteriorate. This is going to be unpleasant, to put it mildly."

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