Earnings Outlook: Tesla earnings: Investors should gear up for more drama

The stakes are unusually high as Tesla Inc.’s second-quarter earnings day approaches.

Chief Executive Elon Musk has created several new controversies in recent weeks via his Twitter account, sending shares down more than 7% in July. And memories of the “bizarre” May first-quarter earnings conference call are still fresh on many minds.

The question for Tesla investors may not be asked during the post-results call but it’s increasingly pertinent: Are Musk’s outbursts against analysts, the media, critics and others mere distractions for Tesla, or are they signs of more serious problems at the Silicon Valley auto maker?

Tesla long has been a polarizing stock, and the bear vs.

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