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  • Tesla: The Final Warning Before Earnings [View article]
    Boy! Were you wrong! Up $25 in extended hours.
    Feb 19 10:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: The Final Warning Before Earnings [View article]
    Boy! Were you wrong! Up $25 in extended hours.
    Feb 19 10:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Micron Is Given The Green Light [View article]
    Well, Greenlight Capital has filed suit against Seeking Alpha. There is a reproduction of the petition here:


    This should be interesting.
    Feb 16 06:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Micron Is Given The Green Light [View article]
    Well, Greenlight Capital has filed suit against Seeking Alpha. There is a reproduction of the petition here:

    This should be interesting.
    Feb 16 06:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chevrolet Volt's Failure Foreshadows Tesla's Fate [View article]
    Of course the Chevy costs more to produce; GM has huge fixed and legacy costs built into everything it does. And the extra costs don't end at the manufacturing facility: dealerships add a lot of weight to the cost. Tesla's business model has neither of these weights dragging it down.
    Dec 9 06:37 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SolarCity offering backup energy storage using Tesla batteries [View news story]
    Jacob, I see your point, but I understand that the batteries to be re-purposed, are of less use to Tesla than a new battery, which is not to say that they cannot be useful in another application; these are very expensive batteries, and I'm sure, even at 80% capacity, they are plenty valuable in dollar terms and in terms of some alternate functionality. Bear in mind, also, that Elon Musk's macro view must include all of his companies, not just Tesla. These used batteries have huge residual value for SolarCity, and even to Tesla. Another poster has pointed out that Tesla can sell the batteries to SolarCity, showing a nice profit. And if SolarCity needs batteries of this type, where better to procure them, than from their Siamese Twin, Tesla? I agree that it is a Win-Win solution for both companies, and another example of Elon Musk's brilliant "outside the box" thinking.
    Dec 5 02:39 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Reminds Me Of Apple [View article]
    I remember thinking, when I first heard of the Supercharger network, that it was a blockbuster idea. The comparison that came to mind was: How good, how valuable an option would it be if, for instance, Cadillac offered free gasoline for life?

    It's a great promotional idea; it's a great idea to have the system solar powered, so that excess solar gain can be sold back into the grid, granted this amount will be a pittance, but it is a contribution. But I think, more than that, it is a clear demonstration of the power of Tesla's "outside the box" thinking. This is not the first blockbuster idea to come out of Tesla, and it won't be the last. How do you price that into a stock? When Apple began, how would you have priced Steve Jobs' vision into the stock? And don't forget Elon Musk's other company, SolarCity; you can bet that there will be synergistic results from from that association. In short, there are more blockbuster ideas coming...
    Aug 26 11:06 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Reasons Why I'm Short Tesla [View article]
    A Ghate and his moolah are soon parted...
    Aug 21 09:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Is Only Getting Started And The Future Looks Bright [View article]
    Finally, someone who understands that Tesla is more, a LOT more, that a car company.
    Aug 19 10:40 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla: Another Good Quarter, Encouraging Outlook [View article]
    I think the part you're missing--and just about everybody who tries to compare Tesla to one of the Big Three is making the same mistake--is the "I've had enough of this BS factor."

    If you buy any of the Big Three's products--which will be useless rust buckets, in a few short years--you're simply getting more of the same, same BS, different day. You're continuing to support mideast countries who have vowed to destroy America, and who, in fact have perpetrated dozens of terrorist attacks, and killed thousands of American servicemen and civilian citizens.

    You are helping Big Oil take advantage of us, making huge windfall profits, while publicly lamenting how they are being victimized by their suppliers (Boo-Hoo).

    You are supporting Big Labor in their efforts to elect more liberal politicians who have turned America into a country I hardly recognize, and whose current agenda I CERTAINLY do not support, quite the reverse, actually. Little by little, day by day, we slowly kiss our Constitution goodbye, one protection at a time. And with it, our freedom, everything that makes America the exceptional country it has always been. I, for one am sick of being held hostage by terrorists, foreign or domestic.

    I think Tesla has struck a nerve: you're not only buying a machine to get you from Point A to Point B, you are taking a step to severing the chains that bind us to suicidal policies, such as energy policy--and what we're prepared to do, in order to maintain those lines of supply--risky environmental policy, and the bloated predation of everyone in the chain of middlemen that stand between us and mobility, the factories, with their phony warranties, dealers and their lavish profits, etc. And all this is not to even mention that this form of propulsion is far less polluting, and as it becomes more and more solar--like the Supercharger Network, which is free, I might add--cleaner and cleaner.

    I could go on, but I think my point is clear.
    Aug 8 05:24 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors: Trade Secrets Will Win Big [View article]
    General Motors leads in another category, as well...failure to honor their warranties. Years ago, back when they were a private company, before, under obama, they became Government Motors, I bought a new Chevy. The car had several problems that were covered in the language of the New Car Warranty, but unfortunately for me, not in actual practice, at the dealer's shop (e.g., passenger side window fell into the door, heater core leaked, sprayed hot water on my wife's legs, etc). I vowed never to buy another car from them, and I won't, no matter what kind of story they're laying down; they have demonstrated that they are not to be trusted.

    I have a friend who owns a Model S; he raves about Tesla's service. That's good enough for me. GM can keep their second rate cars, and their phony warranties.
    Aug 6 02:38 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors: Trade Secrets Will Win Big [View article]
    General Motors has a big lead in another category, as well...the category of refusing to honor their warranties (i.e., cheating their customers). I bought a new GM car years ago, back when they were a private company, before they became, under obama, Government Motors. I vowed to never buy another GM vehicle, and I won't, no matter what they promise; I know they won't stand behind their written promises.
    Aug 6 02:23 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are up 2.4% premarket after the automaker demos its battery swap plans for drivers who want to be back on the road in under two minutes. Though the concept falls in line with Tesla's reputation of thinking outside the box, it also raises a few questions on costs and the impact of degraded batteries. [View news story]
    Yep, it's hard to beat a guy that's using his brain. I've believed right from the start that this is an idea whose time has come. And one creative solution after another to vaporize each problem, as it appears, is the hallmark of Mr. Musk. Ready for Primetime...
    Jun 21 08:59 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Will Take For Tesla To Cross The Tipping Point? [View article]
    Yes, many people made fortunes in Apple, Forest Gump, for one; he became a Gozillionaire...mowed the school's grass for free.
    Jun 19 01:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Walter Energy: Solidly Capable Of Navigating A Prolonged Met Coal Market Slump [View article]
    Yes, BO has been very candid about his hatred of coal. You need only look at the price action of any coal miner: 2008 sees them all fall to historic lows. There is a huge political component to the recent performance of coal; it's never good when government tries to pick winners and losers, in the marketplace. For one thing, they're just not very good at it, and for another, the principals behind several of these green energy flops have turned out to be political cronies, even family members of various members of the administration, which suggests, at minimum, conflicts of interest, and more likely out and out criminal conspiracy.

    Green energy is a nice dream, but look at the actual results (e.g. Solyndra, etc); it simply isn't ready for prime time.
    Jun 19 01:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment