Wall Street skeptical of Tesla’s promise to post net profit

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<pTesla is showing some promising signs that it will make money as advertised in the third quarter, but Wall Street isn't buying it.

<pThe electric car and solar panel maker delivered more than 80,000 vehicles from July through September, and Musk told employees late in the quarter that it was close to profitability.

<pStill, of 15 analysts who follow the company, not one expects Tesla to make money. As a group, they expect a net loss of $173.8 million, or 95 cents per share.

<pTesla and Musk have defied odds before. Musk told employees in late September that the company was close to proving naysayers wrong.