Tesla Earnings Excel but Margin Eroding Price Cuts Fuels Investor Profit Taking

Tesla reported Q2 earnings after the market close Wednesday beat EPS and revenue expectations with record vehicle deliveries and moderating raw materials prices. However declining margins, aggressive investment plans, and price cuts saw some profit taking after the big run up in the TSLA stock by over 140% this year. TSLA closed $262.90 -28.36 (-9.74%) today. Guidance that more margin eroding price cuts maybe on the horizon as the EV price war rages on, we saw Ford cut its F-150 … Continue reading “Tesla Earnings Excel but Margin Eroding Price Cuts Fuels Investor Profit Taking”

S&P 500 Mid-Year Review and Outlook for the Year Ahead (Includes AAPL NVDA XOM)

The Blue-Chip S&P 500 index shook off recession fears and a U.S. regional banking crisis to gain 15.9% in the first half. The Nasdaq Composite for its part gained 31.7% for its biggest first-half increase in four decades. Much of the rise was from climbing the wall of worry as shorting became costly with the Cboe Volatility Index hit its lowest level since early 2020. Interesting with all the headlines that the huge advance in the stock markets is being … Continue reading “S&P 500 Mid-Year Review and Outlook for the Year Ahead (Includes AAPL NVDA XOM)”

Forrest’s Nickel Battle with BHP Heats Up with Mincor Resources Bid

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest launched an AUD$760 million takeover bid for Mincor Resources, 35 per cent above Mincor’s closing price on Monday. The Mincor share price has fallen 49 per cent over the past 12 months. Forrest is using his privately owned Wyloo Metals, which already owns 19.99 per cent of Mincor. Mincor is a key supplier to BHP’s reborn Nickel West division. The lower impurity Mincor ore seen as an important part of the BHP nickel blend. Forrest … Continue reading “Forrest’s Nickel Battle with BHP Heats Up with Mincor Resources Bid”

Tesla Reports Optimistic Outlook with Record Revenue and Orders

Tesla reported Q4 earnings after the market close Wednesday of $1.19 earnings per share beating the consensus of $1.13 per share. Revenue rose to $24.32 billion ahead of the consensus $24.16 billion. $TSLA shares rose more than 9% after CEO Elon Musk said the company might be able to produce 2 million cars this year. The Tesla company acknowledged that average sales prices have “generally been on a downward trajectory for many years,” and said “affordability” would be necessary for … Continue reading “Tesla Reports Optimistic Outlook with Record Revenue and Orders”

General Motors Takes Back U.S. Sales Crown From Toyota as Car Market Stumbles

American auto maker, General Motors Co. said Wednesday U.S. sales rose 2.5% to 2.74 million for 2022, retaking its U.S. sales crown from Toyota Motor, outselling its Japanese rival by about 165,630 vehicles last year. Toyota had overtaken GM in 2021 as the U.S.’s top-selling auto maker, largely because of semiconductor supply constraints. Toyota said its U.S. sales were down 9.6% in 2022. Ford Motor Co. plans to report 2022 sales results Thursday. Hyundai Motor reported American sales fell 2% … Continue reading “General Motors Takes Back U.S. Sales Crown From Toyota as Car Market Stumbles”

Piedmont Lithium Surges on Amended Tesla Deal for Spodumene

Piedmont Lithium amended its agreement with electric vehicle maker Tesla to deliver approximately 125,000 metric tons of spodumene concentrate (SC6) to Tesla. The deal begins in the second half of 2023 through the end of 2025 with an option to renew for an additional three years. Piedmont Lithium shares $PLL are trading higher+7.9%, with an option to renew for an additional three years. Tesla Inc. is set to pay more for the lithium after PLL amended their deal amid the … Continue reading “Piedmont Lithium Surges on Amended Tesla Deal for Spodumene”

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Valued at $137 Billion in New Funding Round

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), the most valuable private company in the US, is reported to be raising $750 million in its latest funding round putting the value at $237 Billion according to a CNBC report. The company was offering the shares for $77 apiece in December according to people who asked not to be identified because the information wasn’t public. The $137 billion figure compares with a $127 billion valuation in July, according to data provider PitchBook. Andreessen Horowitz … Continue reading “Elon Musk’s SpaceX Valued at $137 Billion in New Funding Round”

S&P 500 Worst Year Since 2008 as Mega Cap Tech Stocks were Shredded

The Blue-Chip S&P 500 index had a dismal year, down 19.4% in 2022, it was the worst performance since 2008. The benchmark index saw one new high in 2022, January 3 with the now infamous January 5 FOMC minutes from the Federal Reserve putting paid to anymore for the year. By comparison the S&P 500 clocked 70 fresh record highs in 2021. Trailing only 1995 with 77 closing highs. Last year energy companies Devon and Marathon were the top two … Continue reading “S&P 500 Worst Year Since 2008 as Mega Cap Tech Stocks were Shredded”

Tesla Used Cars the Last Domino to Fall in Stock and Branding Rout

Tesla was the green technology, electric vehicle and ESG golden child run by the world’s living genius, then it all come back to earth swiftly. There are many facets of this fall, the last domino appears to be Tesla vehicles resale value. Used car prices in the US have gone from hyperinflation to deflation very quickly in 2022. In November’s CPI the used cars and trucks index declined 2.9% month-over-month and was down 3.3% year-over-year. However, used car prices this … Continue reading “Tesla Used Cars the Last Domino to Fall in Stock and Branding Rout”

US Tech Billionaires Added $59 Billion in Richest Day Ever as Nasdaq Surged 7.5%

The markets reacted dovishly to the US CPI moderating after resurging in August with aggressive Fed interest rate rises. The repricing of risk was furious, plunging Treasury yields a weakening dollar and big gains in mega cap stock. The Vanguard Mega Cap Growth ETF (MGK) closed up 8.0%. The Nasdaq soared +654.23 or 6.36%. The big winners were the big Techs, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple and even beaten down Tesla. US tech Bloomberg billionaires’ fortunes rose $59 billion, a one-day record … Continue reading “US Tech Billionaires Added $59 Billion in Richest Day Ever as Nasdaq Surged 7.5%”