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19'Teslanaires' getting rich off of TSLA, but there are risks, too

Those who've sold Tesla Motors (TSLA) shares for a million or more in gains belong to a new exclusive club, the "Teslanaires" club. If you've been following the stock price, you know this has been a great year to own those shares – since May of this year, after first quarter earnings were announced, the prices started shooting up. If you were fortunate to own a portfolio of Tesla stock, that value skyrocketed from around $40 a share in April to around $160 a share in September. The market

AddTesla joining NASDAQ-100 July 15, booting off Oracle

The meteoric rise of Tesla Motors' stock this year has not only raised a bunch of money for the company and paid off its debts, it's also about to help push the stock into the rarefied NASDAQ-100. The news out today is that TSLA will join the NASDAQ-100 Index, a listing of the 100 largest non-financial companies on the NASDAQ, on July 15. Since the NASDAQ-100 is limited to 100 stocks, when one company enters, someone else gets pushed out of the door. The victim here will be the computer technolo

18Tesla shares skyrocket on Morgan Stanley's "overweight" rating

Throughout the morning and into the early afternoon hours, shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) skyrocketed after Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones upgraded the automaker's rating from "equal weight" to "overweight." Jones, in what almost seems like an April Fool's Day-ish sort of prank, set a price target of $70 per share and declared that Tesla is "America's Fourth Automaker."

2Report: Tesla Motors share price drops as IPO lock-up period ends

Tesla Motors (TSLA) shares were hammered hard near the end of last week and are still dropping as word of the expiration of a 180-day post-IPO lock-up agreement continues to make the rounds. Starting today, 75 million Tesla shares, which had previously been subject to a lock-up agreement restricting their sale, will be eligible for registration.

31Panasonic invests $30 million in Tesla Motors *UPDATE

Tesla Motors is about to get another stakeholder partner. Reuters is reporting today that Panasonic, which is already working with Tesla to provide lithium-ion cells for the Model S, will invest in the California automaker. Citing the Nikkei business daily, Reuters says Panasonic, "aims to work with Tesla to develop battery systems for next-generation EVs." An official statement on the tie-up could come tomorrow.

17Tesla makes it to NASDAQ's Clean Edge Green Energy Index; fuel cell companies drop off

What is the NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index? We had no idea it even existed until NASDAQ sent out a release today saying that electric car pioneer Tesla Motors had been added to it (along with smart grid company PowerSecure International and Vicor Corporation, which makes electric system components). Here's how NASDAQ explains the index:

27Tesla lets 13.3M shares fly at $17, raises $226M on IPO

Reuters is reporting that a market source has indicated that Tesla Motors sold 13.3 million shares in its IPO at the unexpectedly-high price of $17 per share. The source states Tesla raised nearly $226 million from the offering. Just yesterday, Tesla hinted at a price range of $14 to $16, but high initial interest in the company allowed Tesla to secure investors that were willing to pay the extra bucks.

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