1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Tesla Motors?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors (NAS: TSLA) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Tesla's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.


Headquarters (founded)

Palo Alto, Calif. (2003)

Market Cap

$3.8 billion


Automobile manufacturers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$185.4 million


Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Elon Musk
CFO Deepak Ahuja

Trailing-12-Month Return on Capital



$243.6 million / $365.9 million


General Motors
Toyota Motor

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 44% of the 921 members who have rated Tesla believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those Fools, Straightener, succinctly summed up the Tesla bear case for our community:

Currently this stock is priced as though they are going to execute their business plan flawlessly. As with any auto start-up, there are bound to be bumps along the way, and electric cars are not really taking off as previously expected. They have always lost money, and will probably continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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