Pre-earnings: Tesla, Zynga

Tesla Motors and Zynga are scheduled to report earnings after the markets close today. Their shares are going in opposite directions.

• Tesla shares are down more than 2.5 percent to about $29.05 as of this post. The Palo Alto company last month began delivering its Model S sedan — to only a few drivers so far; reviews have been mostly good — but Wunderlich Securities analyst Theodore O’Neill reportedly says there are “issues involving the interior and range.” He also expressed concern that the electric-car maker would make as many cars this year as expected. The company has said it would make 5,000 of the sedans by the end of the year. Analysts also expect Tesla to post a wider second-quarter loss of 93 cents a share compared with year-ago loss of 53 cents a share.

• Shares of Zynga, the San Francisco-based maker of social games, are up about 1 percent to $4.97 as of this post.

Besides user numbers, what has been said to be one key to the company’s success is mobile, which also has been mentioned as key to Facebook‘s success. Because some Zynga games played on Facebook bring in revenue, Zynga’s results today could provide a preview of what’s to come from Facebook tomorrow. The world’s largest social network on Thursday is scheduled to report earnings for the first time since its IPO.

One analysts poll expects Zynga to post earnings of 5 cents a share on $342.3 million in revenue.


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