As Tesla shares soared Monday, so did chatter of the electric car company reporting third-quarter earnings that might top initial estimates.
Officially, Tesla is expected to earn $0.11/share on $553 million in sales according to Thomson One consensus of analysts. Unofficially, there are several other factors that explain the bullish outlook many have developed about Tesla's third-quarter operations.
Depending on which analyst you follow, the estimates for third-quarter deliveries go from "meeting guidance" to "well above guidance". After reporting second-quarter earnings, Tesla said that it expects to sell 5,000 Model S in the third quarter .
Given Tesla exceeded that number in the second quarter -- it reported 5,150 sales - few believe Tesla will report just 5,000 deliveries for the third quarter.
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In early October, Brian Johnson with Barclays raised his estimate for third-quarter deliveries to 5,820.
Others on Wall Street are in the same ballpark, but given the fact Tesla is now producing 500 Model S vehicles each week -- that's 26,000 annually or 6,500 per quarter -- there are some asking if third-quarter Model S deliveries will top 6,000 or 6,100.