Is Tesla Motors Inc Really Under Investigation By The SEC? - Hedge Fund Alpha (formerly ValueWalk Premium)
Tesla stock

Is Tesla Motors Inc Really Under Investigation By The SEC?

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) may have an undisclosed investigation open with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to Probes Reporter. However, analysts who are bullish on the automaker classify the report as just a rumor for now.

Is Tesla Motors Inc Really Under Investigation By The SEC?

Tesla added to Probes Reporter’s watch list

Probes Reporter based its report on responses it receives to requests it files under the Freedom of Information Act with the SEC. The website states that it has added Tesla to its watch list and that it adds and removes companies from the list often based on the FOIA requests it files on a regular basis. Probes Reporter said it makes approximately 2,500 requests for information from the SEC every year.

The site also published reports about possible undisclosed SEC investigations on Gencorp Inc (NYSE:GY), The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX), Legg Mason Inc (NYSE:LM) and Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK). Probes Reporter said it publishes about a “possible probe” if the SEC discloses an exemption from law enforcement to deny access to a company’s records, reports Benzinga.

Tesla probe is a rumor: analysts

Many analysts who have been asked about the report from Probes Reporter are not yet worried about it, according to Benzinga. Analyst Ben Kallo of Baird called it a “rumor” when speaking with Benzinga and said he’s looking into the report.

Analyst Trip Chowdhry declined to comment on the report. Instead, he focused on the automaker’s negative working capital. He said it means Tesla’s customers “are paying much before they have to pay to the suppliers.” He added that the automaker is in a “very strong” position and that no other automakers have negative working capital.

Additionally, he said Tesla won’t ever have to raise money because demand is greater than supply.

Tesla may collaborate with BMW

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed over the weekend that they have been speaking with Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (ETR:BMW) (FRA:BMW) about possibly collaborating on battery technology and charging stations. Musk also hinted at a possible collaboration related to BMW’s carbon fiber technology, calling the technology “interesting” and “relatively cost efficient.”

A green car expert told ValueWalk last week that we could see a BMW – Tesla partnership in connection with that carbon fiber technology, possibly to solve potential weight problems with the falcon wing doors planned for the Model X.

Kallo told Benzinga it’s likely that Tesla and BMW will partner on electric vehicle charging infrastructure, while Chowdhry told the website they will probably collaborate on battery technology. Chowdhry added that Tesla’s gigafactory would make it other automakers’ “go-to-source” for electric vehicle batteries.

Comments (58)

  • Doreen Gaydoon

    Yes, he is. More importantly the illegal cross funneling of money between tesla, solar city and spaceX is becoming impossible to hide.

    November 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm
    • Peter Gordon

      You have no facts which makes you appear like a very stupid liar.

      November 25, 2014 at 5:23 am
      • Doreen Gaydoon

        Oh my. Be patient just a few more weeks. More than likely Obama will guide it so the indictments comes out day before Christmas. day before new years at the latest. He is out of moves, bobs and weaves.

        December 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm
        • Peter Gordon

          You have failed to show any facts and failed to show a credible source.

          But I’m sure failure is a very familiar feeling for you, dopey. LOL!

          December 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm
          • Doreen Gaydoon

            Have a little ambition oh maobama fanboi. google blake benthall

            December 7, 2014 at 1:35 am
          • Peter Gordon

            Your suggestion was pointless.

            You just proved yourself a moron. Good job!

            December 7, 2014 at 3:33 am
          • Doreen Gaydoon

            And further down they dive. The metric for who is right, and who is wrong, is the marketplace. When, as I predict, all musk’s enterprises are BK, then QED. No?

            December 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm
          • Peter Gordon

            Let’s examine your drooling stupidity.

            Fact: Tesla is #1 in its class in the US beating all gasoline competitors.

            Fact: Tesla sales are up over 65% in North America this year.

            Fact: Tesla will grow over 50% globally this year.

            Fact: Demand is still growing and there is a 3 month waiting list for thew Model S.

            Fact: The marketplace has spoken and you have been proven a Village Idiot. LOL!

            December 9, 2014 at 12:09 am
          • Doreen Gaydoon

            Peter. Please print that out and re-examine your position as he is indicted. Remember that growing 65% from nearly zero, is really not that much of an accomplishment. Hence your moniker “Fanboi”. There will be no Giggle factory.

            December 9, 2014 at 12:14 am
          • Peter Gordon

            Time to prove you a drooling moron liar again. It’s so easy! LOL!

            Fact: Last year Tesla was #1 in its class too, beating all gas car competitors so saying they were growing from zero is just another one of your incompetent lies, dopey.

            Fact: I just proved you an incredibly stupid lying Village Idiot yet again. LOL!

            It’s fun to watch you dig yourself in deeper with every post, dopey.

            You need to apologize for all your brain-dead lies, stupid lying loser.

            We are all waiting.

            December 9, 2014 at 2:07 am
          • Doreen Gaydoon

            The only truth that matters, is where are these companies headed in their value. much much lower. How low? Zero.

            December 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm
          • Peter Gordon

            Let’s see, Tesla stock was up today.

            So the only thing headed for zero is your IQ. LOL!

            December 10, 2014 at 1:04 am
          • Doreen Gaydoon

            I’m seeing down, and another 20% profit on my position. Maybe you need to refresh the screen? 165 seems to be the consensus. Works for me.

            December 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm
          • Peter Gordon

            I’ve made over 1800% on the stock, you rube moron so your numbers are laughable.

            Looking only at the short term on a tech start-up is why you will always lose and just be my little shoe shine boy. Now get beck to work, lying loser. LOL!

            December 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm
          • Doreen Gaydoon

            Ah yes, the paper profit. Well that putative gain only matters when you realize it. Note that the numbers in your gain indicate that you purchased the stock lower than it has ever been priced, i.e. your claim does not pass the sniff test. What matters is that TSLA, SCTY are headed to zero. A quick turn by the china head, coupled with the exit of his marketing VP….. well maybe more twitter pumping than results?? Anyhow, lets continue to see who is right here. I would counter that rather than “tech start up”, what we are watching is worthless tech implosion. The only arbiter that matters? The market!

            December 12, 2014 at 4:01 am
          • Peter Gordon

            Nice job proving yourself droolingly stupid – again.
            Let’s examine your idiocy.
            I have sold Tesla stock high and then bought low several times now.
            It’s easy to take advantage when morons like you get what is going on wrong again and again. LOL!
            All great successful corps make staff changes and Tesla has been no exception. Being #1 as Tesla is, requires the best people and some are not up to the the task.

            Not understanding these extremely basic concepts and making incredibly brain-dead assumptions is why you will always be my little Village Idiot shoeshine boy.

            Now get back to work, stupid fool. LOL!

            December 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm
          • Doreen Gaydoon

            Given the trajectory since the IPO…. exactly when have the “buy low” points have occurred for you. What you relate is a fabrication, impossible of performance. It is all someone elses fault. complete classic Eloon. buy his 15 minutes are up, and he is headed to BK.

            December 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm
          • Peter Gordon

            Let’s examine your drooling stupidity – again, shoeshine boy. It’s easy and fun – for me!

            Tesla stock has been up and down many times since the IPO. Not knowing that just demonstrates your tiny-brained ignorance and incompetence yet again. LOL!

            Next, let’s examine some actual facts:

            Fact: Tesla sales are up over 65% in North America this year.

            Fact: Tesla will grow over 50% globally this year.

            Fact: Demand is still growing and there is a 3 month waiting list for thew Model S.

            Fact: Tesla just received the highest Customer Satisfaction score for the second straight year from Consumer Reports.

            To imply that a company or car like that is, in any way, over, proves you a delusional Village Idiot.

            Just keep shining my shoes and leave the thinking to the big boys. LOL!

            December 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm
          • Doreen Gaydoon

            Print those out and stick them on your Frige.

            December 13, 2014 at 6:58 am
          • Peter Gordon

            Don’t have to since I can remember them.

            But you clearly need to, along with instructions on how to walk and chew gum at the same time. LOL!

            December 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm
  • TheBigDG

    The one company that provides TRUE value to its customer, America and Earth..and they fuzz are up to their tricks. How about the investigating the banks, pharmaceuticals, big oil, agra and chemical companies..Oh those guys play by the rules right? Yeah, the rules of the Mafia!

    November 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm
  • Keef Wivaneff

    “He said it means Tesla’s customers “are paying much before they have to pay to the suppliers.”

    November 25, 2014 at 5:04 am
    • Peter Gordon

      You are the one that has been proven a droolingly stupid liar and been banned from multiple sites.

      No surprise that you would jump on a rumor that has no facts.

      You have no credibility with anyone, Village Idiot.

      November 25, 2014 at 5:23 am
      • Keef Wivaneff

        Peter Gordon – Dedicated follower of Ewon.
        Did I upset the Church of Ewon again?
        Time to let Peter Gordon out of his cage again.
        Liar, liar, SQWAAWK….stupid stupid stupid….SQWAAWK….
        Proven liar…. SQWAAAAAWK…

        Oh dear, I do hope you haven’t pulled all your feathers again.
        (on the other hand…..)

        November 25, 2014 at 6:00 am
        • Peter Gordon

          Thanks for proving to everyone, once again that you are mentally ill and have no facts.

          Thanks for also proving to everyone that you are too drrolingly stupid to even understand the meaning of the term Ponzi.

          You are a proven Village Idiot.

          November 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm
          • Keef Wivaneff

            Polly wanna cracker?

            November 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm
          • Peter Gordon

            Your tiny diseased brain seems to be melting, Village Idiot. LOL!

            November 25, 2014 at 3:40 pm
          • Keef Wivaneff


            November 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm
          • Peter Gordon

            Too stupid to even stay awake, Village Idiot. LOL!

            November 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm
      • JackB125

        Disruptive changes in any industry, by their nature, cause a lot of fear & uncertainty. And, rightly so — the creative distruction is often brutal. Is it so suprising that some of us would fall back to shouting, “CONSPIRACY!” from the commentary? It povides an illusion of some level of control in an uncertain world. An illusion that will not be given up easily. Sometimes, it’s kinder to just ignore the comments based on fear, and pointless to do otherwise.

        November 25, 2014 at 8:14 am
  • Jim5437532

    TheBigDG “Yeah, the rules of the Mafia!”

    Tesla is part of the Mafia.

    Several months ago the Tesla & Bitcoin fan boys were spamming a bunch of hype about the Tesla that was bought with Bitcoins. Beyond all the hype, it seems the truth is that it was bought by a crook with dirty money. The Tesla fan boys (the Tesla Mafia) have been cheering on & supporting organized crime.

    Blake Benthall was an employee of Elon Musk the CEO of SpaceX & Tesla Motors. Allegedly some of the laundered money was used to buy a Tesla. Elon Musk is on record making fraudulent claims about Tesla batteries. Elon Musk & his corporate shills falsely claim that Tesla batteries are non-toxic, nonhazardous, environmentally friendly & landfill safe.

    According to TESLA Motors, the high voltage battery (lithium-ion battery) can release toxic vapors; including sulfuric acid, oxides of carbon, nickel, aluminum, lithium, copper, & cobalt.

    Tesla fan boys are shills that spam slander, lies, FUD, hate, & ignorance. Tesla fan boys have no credibility & are a laughingstock. lol They ought to be in prisons or/and a mental institutions. They don’t want you to believe experts, instead they want you to believe lying, ignorant shills. They have no clue when it comes to science & technology. They are greedy people don’t care about the environment, safety or truth..

    Tesla fan boys can’t handle the truth.. Tesla fan boys fear & hate truth.

    A few examples of the hate, ignorance and lies the Tesla Mafia has spammed:

    WeaponZero “Lithium ion batteries are non-hazardous in both materials and waste”

    WeaponZero “lithium ion batteries(non-toxic)”.

    WeaponZero “There are no toxic heavy metals in a lithium ion battery”

    WeaponZero “lithium ion batteries do not pose risk if they are land filled”.

    WeaponZero “lithium ion batteries are non-toxic”.

    WeaponZero “As I mentioned before, heavy metals are not a bad thing just because they are heavy metals. Lithium ion batteries are considered non-toxic. The CEO of BYD even drank one”

    WeaponZero “if a battery is discharged and not being used, even if compacted there is no issue”

    WeaponZero “landfill fires have nothing to do with lithium ion batteries”

    WeaponZero “I have done way more research on manufacturing of batteries and heavy metals than you”

    Peter Gordon “Tesla batteries are 100% non-toxic and declared completely safe for landfill”.

    Peter Gordon “Tesla lithium ion cells contain no heavy metals, nor any toxic materials”.

    teddyg “To set the record straight our vehicles at Tesla, including our batteries, are non-toxic”

    Doug_G “The batteries are non-toxic”

    FANGO “Just in case anyone here doesn’t know, btw, Li ion batteries are completely non toxic”

    ERIC VFX “Lithium is Non-Toxic”

    FANGO “lithium ion batteries are non-toxic”

    tonybelding “lithium-ion batteries are non-toxic and landfill-safe, so there is effectively no problem with dumping them in a hole”

    WeaponZero “To note, 0 Tesla batteries exploded”.

    WeaponZero “There is 0 Tesla cars at risk of fire”.

    WeaponZero “Actually, those things you see flickering are not battery cells but fireworks”

    grendal “there were no explosions”.

    grendal “the car didn’t explode”

    grendal “no car has ever exploded”.

    grendal “You also said the car exploded (it did not) and released toxic fumes when neither happened”.

    N??R “This is not even an explosion”

    CMCNestT . “The battery did not explode”.

    sranger “False, they are fireworks (4th of July after all)”

    Albertico “The car did not explode at all”.

    strata8 “Did not explode”.

    Tesla755 “No batteries exploded”

    stopcrazypp “It didn’t actually explode”.

    stopcrazypp “the amount of gas expelled is not enough to act like a rocket and carry a cell two stories high”

    stopcrazypp “not any sort of explosion”.

    Xixo “Teslas were actually not explosions”.

    Stewart Pid “the batteries didn’t explode”

    Dave_SRQ “There haven’t been any Tesla Model S recalls”

    sranger “I used LiFePo4 cells. They do NOT heat up when charger or discharged at up to 1000 amps so NO cooling is needed for these cells”.

    VulpineMac “They’re capacitors, not “batteries”.

    grendal “Even with this stupid thief that wasn’t even wearing a seatbelt the tally is that ZERO people have died in a Tesla”.

    Greenforce88 “The guy survived”.

    geoffrey bailey “zero fatalities”.

    geoffrey bailey “He was lucky that didn’t kill him”.

    Albertico “the driver survived this accident”.

    grendal “the fact that the thief and his passenger are still alive after this happened is telling”.

    Simonts “The driver survived!”.

    jeepesq ‘this thief was only ‘injured’ and not killed”

    Mirko “Guy steals car, walks away alive”.

    Peter Gordon “zero fatalities for Tesla”.

    Peter Gordon “There have been zero fatalities in a Tesla”

    Peter Gordon “no fatalities”.

    9Awesomeb “He did survive the crash”

    Albertico “The Tesla does not have anything that can catch on fire in the front”.

    WeaponZero “For this to happen to a lithium ion battery is extremely rare, though more common with lithium polymer batteries”.
    (WeaponZero doesn’t know that lithium polymer is a type of lithium ion battery) lol

    9Awesomeb “SOMEBODY would have at least gotten burned in one. But there have been ZERO!!”
    (Several people have been burned/injured unplugging Teslas from chargers)

    Mark Yates “NICKEL, Aluminium, Lithium – the prime components of a lithium battery are not heavy metals”.

    The facts are that Tesla batteries are toxic and contain heavy metals; despite the fraudulent claims by Elon Musk and Tesla sycophants..

    According to most scientists; commonly encountered HEAVY METALS are chromium, COBALT, NICKEL, COPPER, zinc, arsenic, selenium, silver, cadmium, antimony, mercury, thallium and lead.

    On page 18 of the 2012-2013 emergency responder guide for the Tesla model S. There are sections on firefighting & fire damage related to the high voltage battery; indicating that the battery can release TOXIC vapors. Including sulfuric acid, oxides of carbon, NICKEL, aluminum, lithium, COPPER, & COBALT.

    The leaking chemicals can be so dangerous, that it seems to suggest evacuating civilians from the proximity of a Tesla battery fire & it’s plume of toxic fumes. Emergency responders should wear full protective gear & self-contained breathing equipment to protect themselves from the toxic materials from the Tesla battery..

    The facts show that Teslas have exploded. Despite that the Tesla driver was killed in West Hollywood, Tesla fan boys exploited the tragedy by spamming fraudulent claims. The Tesla driver died but was revived by emergency responders, only to die again later at the hospital. Many Tesla shills falsely claimed he did not die, some even claimed he only had minor injuries and walked away. Many denied that the Tesla battery burned, exploded or that there were toxic fumes. Etc….


    “Photos: Stolen Tesla Splits In Half and Explodes After Crashing In West Hollywood”

    “The Tesla’s lithium battery exploded into flames that shot up several stories into the air”

    “Video shot from a nearby apartment showed burning lithium batteries popping and sending fiery debris more than three stories into the air”

    “A stolen Tesla speeding up La Brea Avenue at up to 100 miles per hour was sliced in half, and its lithium batteries exploded and burned, in a crash that injured at least six people today”

    “Tesla Model S Explodes After Accident in Mexico”

    Elon Musk & Tesla shills/fanboys are such lowlife scum that they slandered firefighters that risked their lives to put out the first highly publicized Tesla battery fire. Elon Musk & Tesla shills/fanboys slandered the firefighters claiming they shouldn’t have cut a hole through the firewall. According to the report by the firefighters, when they first tried to put out the fire with water, the fire flared up then didn’t go all the way out. They followed Elon Musk’s procedures, but Elon Musk’s procedures failed because the fire did not go all the way out because firefighters couldn’t get enough water on the battery. So the fire reignited. Firefighters then cut out the firewall & only then were able to successfully & completely extinguish the fire. Elon Musk & Tesla shills/fanboys are advocating what failed, and bashing what was successful..

    Elon Musk & his sycophants don’t care about the environment.

    Elon Musk quote:
    “F**k Earth! Who cares about Earth?”

    Note: quotes used under fair use doctrine.

    November 25, 2014 at 11:09 am
    • Peter Gordon

      Fact: Jim & Keef are the same person.

      Fact: Jim/Keef has been banned by many websites for lying.

      Fact: Jim/Keef has no facts.

      Fact: Jim/Keef is a proven liar, mentally ill and is just the Village Idiot.

      November 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm
    • Keef Wivaneff

      Google Toxco Lithium Fire video
      Watch the fireworks show.

      November 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm
      • Jim5437532

        It makes sense to locate Tesla’s gigafactory in a state where they used to test nuclear bombs. The area already has been exposed to explosions and toxic materials.

        November 25, 2014 at 5:36 pm
        • Keef Wivaneff

          Makes perfect sense.
          (Just like the coal-gobbling Terdsla Model S that will save our small blue planet)

          November 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm
          • Peter Gordon

            Love that the Keef/Jim Village Idiot is now talking to himself.

            New proof of his extreme mental illness.

            November 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm
          • Jim5437532

            You’re squawking to yourself again. lol

            November 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm
          • Peter Gordon

            Fact: You have no credibility with anyone, Village Idiot.

            Fact: You have been proven a liar by many people many times.

            Fact: You have been banned from many sites because of your lies.

            Keep dancing for everyone my Village Idiot fool. LOL!

            November 26, 2014 at 2:24 am
          • Jim5437532

            You make another good point Jim. Since much of the power that runs the Tesla’s is derived from coal powered plants, that means that Tesla is also contributing to heavy metal poisoning besides from its batteries. When coal is burned it releases small amounts of heavy metals like radioactive uranium and thorium. That’s why 9 of 10 ecoterrorists prefer Tesla. 😉 Who needs a dirty bomb, when you could just drive a Tesla? 😉

            “Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste”

            But instead of believing a source like Scientific American, we are supposed to blindly believe a parrot that is a Tesla sycophant.

            Elon Musk & his sycophants don’t care about the environment.

            Elon Musk quote:
            “F**k Earth! Who cares about Earth?”

            November 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm
          • Peter Gordon

            Fact: You are a drooling lying moron and it is very easy to prove.

            Fact: Coal is less than 37% of the US electric grid and falling while green renewables are the fastest growing electricity source.

            Fact: On the US grid, the Tesla puts out 4 times less CO2 than a gas car.

            Fact: Even on coal, a Tesla is cleaner than a gas car.

            Fact: I just proved you a drooling lying moron – like always.

            Jim/Keef = mentally ill Village idiot.

            November 26, 2014 at 2:23 am
      • Peter Gordon

        Fact: Teslas are now proven to be about 10 times less likely to have a fire than a gas car.

        The only toxic material is in your tiny brain, Village Idiot. LOL!

        November 25, 2014 at 6:44 pm
        • Emory schneidalwarp

          Tesla Gigi factory is creative writing

          December 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm
          • Peter Gordon

            If you want to have any credibility, you might want to try to learn how to spell.

            Giga not Gigi.

            December 23, 2014 at 1:36 am
  • Peter Gordon

    Fact: Jim & Keef are the same person.

    Fact: Jim/Keef have been banned by many websites for lying.

    Fact: Jim/Keef is a proven liar, mentally ill and is just the Village Idiot.

    November 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm
  • Henrietta Von fartzberg

    Tesla has not made enough cars to be iffy ur statement

    December 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm


Saved Articles

Watch a FREE Behind the Scenes Training on the 3 Secrets to Finding Small Cap Stock Opportunities with Massive Growth Potential in 2024.

Click here to get the training