Here's What to Expect When Tesla (TSLA) Reports Earnings This Afternoon

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) are lower by 0.64% to $231.46 in midday trading Wednesday, ahead of the electric car maker's first quarter earnings results after the market closes today.

Analysts expect the company to post a loss of 50 cents per share on revenue of $1.04 billion for the period, according to analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.

Yesterday, Tesla had coverage initiated with a "buy" rating and a $350 price target by analysts at Jefferies.

The firm said concerns about China sales are overblown.

Analysts pointed to its detailed consumer survey that showed Tesla could sell at least 500,000 cars per year by 2020.

Jefferies added that Tesla has a distinct competitive advantage in batteries.

"The company's relentless drive to improve battery energy storage capacity, longevity, power delivery and performance while lowering cost per kilowatt-hour results in a key competitive advantage that helps Tesla evolve into new markets, products, and services," Jefferies noted.

The company designs, develops, manufactures and sells electric vehicles and advanced electric vehicle powertrain components. It owns its sales and service network.

Insight from TheStreet's Research Team:

Jim Cramer commented on Tesla in a recent post on RealMoney.com. Here is what Cramer had to say about the stock:

I like it where people extrapolate news from one company and marry it with another.

But if you want to know what's got people riveted, it's Tesla (TSLA), which reports this week and has been on a real tear ever since the buzz began about the ancillary battery business. It's a good thing to end on Tesla, as it is perhaps the most anti-Buffett stock I have ever seen. Remember, Buffett likes to buy value. If you buy shares in Tesla, you are in the anti-Buffett camp and you need to know that. Tesla reports Wednesday and it's become one of the greatest battlegrounds I have ever seen as CEO Elon Musk seems to have as many enemies as friends and the stock's part of the Musk war. Someone's going to be a genius come Wednesday, and I remain distinctly on the sidelines, not a view, just an observation.

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