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Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) Stock Price Up After Earnings - The Real Story

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The Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) stock price jumped 7% in afterhours trading today (Wednesday) after the company beat Q3 earnings estimates.

The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.02. That translates to net income of $3 billion. Analysts had been predicting a loss of $0.01 per share.

While the EPS and revenue beats sent TSLA shares higher, the company actually missed on three critical figures in today's report. Here's a look...

Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) Stock: 3 Key Earnings Figures to Watch Today

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Tesla Motors Inc. reports Q3 earnings after the bell today (Wednesday), which means it'll be a wild day for TSLA stock.

Tesla is always volatile around earnings reports. In the second quarter, TSLA stock jumped 5% the day after it beat EPS estimates by $0.07. TSLA stock dipped more than 6% May 7, even after the company beat Q1 earnings by $0.02 per share.

And while Wall Street looks at EPS and revenue as key indicators, there are three other factors that will have a bigger impact on TSLA's short-term performance...

Elon Musk Doesn't Worry About the Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) Stock Price

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Elon Musk is a busy man. He's the CEO of electric-vehicle pioneer Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA), the solar-power company SolarCity Corp. (Nasdaq: SCTY), and the private space transport company SpaceX.

With so much to do, one thing Musk doesn't spend time worrying about is the short-term performance of TSLA stock.

Investors shouldn't be concerned with short-term either. Because Musk is absolutely focused on the long-term success of the company and stock.

Here's the proof...

TSLA Stock Drops 5% After Tesla Announcement

Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) stock opened down 5% this morning (Friday), a day after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk unveiled new features to the Tesla Model S sedan at an event in Hawthorne, California. The new features are marketed as "D" which stands for "dual-motor." According to Musk, the new features make the vehicle […]

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Forget Cars; Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) Wants to Power Your Entire City

The small lithium-ion batteries that Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) uses to power its luxury $70,000 (base price) electric cars look very similar to the AA batteries you put in your television remote. They're about 2.5 inches long and the Tesla Model S sedan uses thousands of them to travel for 265 miles on a single charge.

But the applications for these tiny batteries are much bigger than just electric cars...

Should I Buy Tesla Stock?

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Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) is one of the most talked-about stocks on the market today, because it's soared 586% since the start of 2013 and has one of the most famous CEOs in the world, Elon Musk.

That has many readers asking the same question: Should I buy Tesla stock?

TSLA isn’t for every investor, as there are drawbacks to the auto stock. However, for this type of investor, TSLA stock is a great play right now…

Tesla Stock Price: Recent 14% Drop Means Time to Buy

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The Tesla stock price opened at $245 per share today, a nearly 16% drop from the all-time high of $291.42 that it hit less than three weeks ago on Sept. 4. During that stretch, Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) stock has posted a loss on seven of the 11 trading days.

And while that has many investors worried about the direction of the Tesla stock price, this recent pullback has actually created an excellent profit opportunity for those looking for a long-term buy.

You see, some analysts think TSLA has run out of momentum. But that's not the case; the Tesla stock price is headed much higher from here...

Tesla Stock Price Up Again This Week as More Gigafactory News Released

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The Tesla stock price was up more than 1% this week, as details of the Tesla Gigafactory continued to dominate headlines.

This week, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed $1.3 billion worth of tax breaks for Tesla.

Now, Money Morning’s Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald sees TSLA stock going much higher from here, and the Gigafactory is a big reason why…

Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) Gigafactory Will Help Drive the Stock in 2015

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Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) has reportedly chosen a site in Nevada for the future home of the Tesla Gigafactory, a $5 billion project that is expected to revolutionize lithium-ion battery production.

But that's not only good news for the state of Nevada, it's also great news for investors. Because the TSLA Gigafactory is one catalyst that will be sending TSLA shares soaring the next year.

In fact, TSLA’s 2013 gain will look like a speed bump in comparison…

Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) Stock Smashes All-Time High Today on Massive China Deal

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Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) stock hit an all-time high of $272 today, after the company signed a deal with China's second-largest mobile phone company to build 400 charging stations in 120 Chinese cities.

The partnership with China United Network Communications Corp. sent the Tesla stock price up more than 3% from yesterday's closing price of $263.86.

But that’s just the start of TSLA’s run. Here’s how much higher the Tesla stock price is going…

Model S Criticism Doesn't Change Anything - Tesla Stock (Nasdaq: TSLA) Still a "Buy"

On Tuesday afternoon, Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to talk about trouble brewing for Tesla stock (Nasdaq: TSLA)...

A new review released Tuesday morning from Consumer Reports said that Tesla's Model S "has more than its share of problems."

Watch the video to see why, despite the less-than-glowing review, Robinson is a huge fan of the Model S and of Tesla stock.

And his money's where his mouth is - Robinson's "in Tesla stock for the long-haul" himself...

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These Numbers Show Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) Stock's Long-Term Potential

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Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) stock has seen a meteoric rise of more than 770% in the last two years as more electric vehicles (EVs) hit the road every day.

And even though Tesla stock trades near all-time highs of $265 per share, evidence suggests that TSLA still has room to run long-term - because the EV market is growing rapidly...

Here's where TSLA stock could be heading long-term...