Adjectives in focus on earnings day at Tesla Motors

|About: Tesla Motors (TSLA)|By:, SA News Editor

Tesla Motors (TSLA) reports Q1 earnings results after the close today with analysts expecting the EV automaker to show a $0.07/share profit.

Revenue will be higher than a year ago, but without clean-car credits from California, the company will likely show a slip from Q4's tally. Analysts see a haul of $699M vs. $562M a year ago and $761M in Q4.

Deliveries of around 6.4K Model S cars to customers in Q1 is expected.

What to watch: Sales in China won't be included in Q1 results, although a few choice words from the company on early demand could set the tone for after-hours trading. Bulls would like to hear an adjective like brisk or strong. Traders are also anticipating an update on Tesla's Gigafactory plans. Silence about the project could create some worry.

TSLA +1.4% premarket to $210.10.