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Tesla reports 4Q loss

PALO ALTO, Calif. – PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) _ Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) on Wednesday reported a loss of $320.4 million in its fourth quarter.

On a per-share basis, the Palo Alto, California-based company said it had a loss of $2.44. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring costs and stock option expense, came to 87 cents per share.

The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 7 cents per share.

The electric car maker posted revenue of $1.75 billion in the period, which also did not meet Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.78 billion.

Tesla shares have decreased 40 per cent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $143.67, a decline of 34 per cent in the last 12 months.

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This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TSLA at http://www.zacks.com/ap/TSLA

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