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Canaccord Genuity on Apple, BioMarin, and Tesla

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Apple sells 3 million iPads in the three days, BioMarin shares jump on genetic-disorder drugs, and Tesla races higher on production rate announcement.

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Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA): Vroom?

Electric car maker Tesla Motors raced higher after saying that it was on track to reach an annual production rate of 20,000 for its Model S sedan in December. The company also said that it has reached the key 200 car/week production rate it needs in order to be operating-cash-flow positive. That's versus 100/week at the end of 3Q, and 5/week at the beginning of the quarter. Tesla expects the manufacturing rate to double this month to 400/week, which will get it to the 20,000 per mark. Recall, production of the Model S, Tesla's first mass-produced car, began on June 22. The company also said that by the end of the current quarter it would be halfway to its goal of a 25% gross margin. The positive outlook overshadowed Tesla's report of a wider Q3 loss. The company reported an adjusted loss of $0.92 a share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $0.55. The company ended the third quarter with $109 million in cash. After the quarter ended, it raised $222 million, bringing its total available cash to $330 million.

Commenting on the quarter, Chief Executive Elon Musk said that in the Q3 Tesla passed through a risky period as it ramped up to mass produce a car for the first time in its history. "Tesla is really past the point of high risk," he said. "Several months ago, I said that the coming several months would really be the test for Tesla and the classic phrase of going through the valley of death. I feel as though we are through that valley at this point."

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