I am sure, like a lot of traders, you are paying close attention to what is going on in Iraq, Syria and Iran. My take on the situation is that it's not going to get better and the US is certainly not going to get involved in any meaningful way. This spells out doom for Baghdad, along with a bloody civil war which may have already started.
Against that backdrop, energy prices will continue to move higher and the possibility exists that the oil fields and processing plants in Iraq could be blown up just to put that country back in the Stone Age. We are dealing with a bloody sectarian war that is and will continue to tear that country apart. It also brings to mind what is going to happen to the rest of the Middle East? This whole Middle East problem has been going on for longer than anyone cares to remember and it's only going to be settled with a "bigger stick." At the moment, ISIS has the "bigger stick," the money, and the ferocious obsession of bringing their way of life to the area and surrounding areas. All in all it does not sound like too rosy a picture to me.
That got me thinking about who or what is going to benefit from much higher energy prices. One company stands out in my mind is Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) You're probably familiar with their expensive sports car that sells for upwards of $100,000, but they're working hard on producing a lower-priced model, one for the masses. They are also planning the largest battery manufacturing plant in the world.
The Gold Report:Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA:NASDAQ) is planning to build a $5-billion "Gigafactory" in the southwestern U.S. that would produce batteries for its high-end electric cars. You seem excited about it. Tell investors why they should be.
Simon Moores: This one plant would essentially double the world's output of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. That's 500,000 batteries a year at capacity. The idea is to drive down the cost of EV batteries by 30% or more. Tesla is focusing on the supply chain to build the lowest-cost batteries possible. If it can make the cost of its cars much cheaper, it should spark mass uptake of electric vehicles. It's a plan to turn the world electric, in a sense, and Tesla begins in 2017 with the Gigafactory and the launch of its third generation and first mass-market model.
Shares of SolarCity Corp. (NASDAQ:SCTY) jumped almost 18% yesterday on news that they would be acquiring solar module start-up Silevo for $200 million with another $150 million potential in earn-outs. This acquisition will be the company's first move into the solar panel manufacturing side of the business.
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