How do i go about buying shares in Tesla? Thanks.

danielccc | May 11, 2013

I don't see any risk from competitors in the next couple of years at least. For one thing, Tesla has a better battery solution by far than that used by other automakers so far. It is also worth noting that with the sole exception of Renault-Nissan, no automaker has made a strong commitment, and engaged in the capital expense, to support the production and sale of large quantities of EVs. Take Ford. They have the Focus EV, but they don't make any effort to sell it because it is just a compliance car.

DutchNurse | May 11, 2013

Interesting stuff JK.

I'll keep that in mind.

Acura place a limit order on 75.00 a share. Mostly likely based off recent volatility it will trigger. Don't hold me to that - you'd have to watch it intraday. Based off recent movements this thing is unpredictable.

danielccc | May 11, 2013

@AcuraKidd, It is possible that some shorts may need to cover early in the morning on Monday, if they got margin calls on Friday from the new high close, or even on Thursday, from that high close. If so, the price could open quite a bit above $75 or rise quickly under heavy volume.

But note that the volume on Friday was somewhat lower than on Thursday, and that between both over 50 million shares were traded. It is not at all clear how many shorts are left.

Monday could be especially tricky. It might open up, but close down, or flat. Let's say it closes flat. Then Monday would be the first day to produce no fresh margin calls. The short squeeze would be over. If that doesn't happen on Monday, it can happen on Tuesday, or Wednesday. TSLA will be flat at some point and that removes the short covering. The market will balance. At what price? Nobody knows.

Be very careful, but if you are set on buying regardless, try to be disciplined about your entry price. Set a limit and stick to it. Don't get caught by the momentum and rationalize spending more than you planned. Understand that you are late to the party, the easy money has already been made.

Brian H | May 11, 2013

Elon is of the opposite opinion.

you're your

I think TM's capital stream will be fully occupied with the automotive end products for many years.

Osiris | May 12, 2013

Hi, am EU Sig Perf+ (all options) reservation holder and have a couple of hundred of TSLA shares. Beeing honest I also hold some put options to secure my position. SRY
But I was thinking actually to put may remaining 90k € to pay on delivery into TSLA Stock untill the actual day of delivery (#289 SigPerf+ Jul/Aug). If I can make 19% it would cover ther german VAT :-)

What do you guys think. This would be like 1500 shares or so?!?! Don't want to risk my money I put to aside for my baby, but I have a feeling the shares can hit 100 $ before July.

What do you guys think...should I take the bet :-)

kilimats | May 12, 2013

ELon himself said Q2 won't be profitable, not sure i understand why but he said it during the earning FAQ webcast, share will drop around that time me think

Sudre_ | May 12, 2013

I agree with kilimats. Even tho Elon said Q2 will not profit share holders will still be surprised and upset and sell. The problem with Q2 is they are going to make thousands of cars and not get paid for them until Q3 because the cars will be on a boat going to EU. Q3 might be a different story.

herkimer | May 12, 2013

Elon is getting better and better at managing news. Sure there will be up side in the Q2 announcements, that he probably already knows, looking ahead to exceed expectations each time.

Tesluthian | May 12, 2013

Year over year Q2 2013 compared to Q2 2013 will still look pretty good. How many cars did Tesla make in Q2 2012 ?

Brian H | May 12, 2013

I think every quarter will be at least marginally profitable this year. The costs of cars in transit to Europe are not counted as expenses until they are sold (delivered). Basic bookkeeping.

kilimats | May 12, 2013

^ Brian youa re not listening, Elon himself said it wont be during the Q&A podcast last week...

Brian H | May 12, 2013

And previously he said he expected to be profitable for every quarter this year. It's a moving target, but I repeat that I expect marginal profit (at least) from now on.

Vawlkus | May 13, 2013

Speaking as a layman, I'm expecting TSLA stock numbers to not move much this week; it needs to stabilize after that takeoff last week.
Model X won't be a huge kicker for the stock, it's gonna be a statement by Tesla "We are more than a one trick pony". It's when GenIII rolls out that TSLA will really take off, because if Tesla is still unchallagenged at that point, they will be in position to literally dominate the market.
Next few years should be really interesting.

teg.main | May 13, 2013

So nice to wake up to a free Model S in the garage. When I bought my car last November I also purchased 2000 shares of Tesla. Doing the math I now drive a free Model S. Thanks Tesla

Sudre_ | May 13, 2013

I am with you on that one teg.

I have been reading the crying posts from the Fools and others. They keep screaming for people to stop buying Tesla stock. All I hear them saying is, 'My firm (or friends) have massively shorted this stock and they are lossing their asses so they have asked me to write this lame article to try and get people to sell their shares. Please stop buying!'

I will admit that I think the stock is a bit over prices for people who are not long term investors. There is still room for it to go higher than this a few years from now. . , or tomorrow :-)

Brian H | May 13, 2013

Oops. Up another 10% today. So far. Very few sellers, it would seem. I wonder why? >:p

Brian H | May 13, 2013

As for the Motley Fool, here's the concluding paragraph of its latest Tesla article:

Sell in May? I don't think so.
"Sold too soon" is a common sob story among investors, and I'm not going to let Tesla be one for me. Valuation is nearly impossible for a company with the growth potential of Tesla, and I'm sticking to my long-term investing rules when it comes to this stock. Barring an event of epic proportions (and a good quarter doesn't qualify), I hold on to my investments for a minimum two-year period, for better or for worse.
Tesla's stock may tumble in Q2 -- or it may soar. Regardless, I'm in it to win it and believe that Tesla has what it takes to keep electrifying my own earnings for years to come.

DC | May 13, 2013

Has anyone heard any potential for Tesla to do a stock split in the near future to reduce share prices and increase investment?

DutchNurse | May 14, 2013

Instead of split, its more likely there is a secondary IPO.

Sold at 92.12

For now.