Tesla Reports Wider Quarterly Loss But Beats Sales Expectations

By Claudia Assis Markets MarketWatch Pulse

Tesla Inc. shares rose 1% late Wednesday after the electric-car maker reported a wider-than-expected quarterly loss but beat sales expectations. Tesla said it lost $121.3 million, or 78 cents a share, in the fourth quarter, compared with a loss of $320.4 million, or $2.44 cents a share, in the fourth quarter of 2015. Adjusted for one-time items, Tesla lost $106.5 million, or 69 cents a share, in the quarter, compared with $2.02 a share a year ago. Sales rose to $2.28 billion, compared with $1.21 billion a year ago. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected the Silicon Valley car maker and energy company to report an adjusted loss of 53 cents a share on sales of $2.16 billion. Shares had ended the regular session down 1.4%.

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