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The analyst estimates the maker of electric cars will report 5 cents of adjusted earnings per share and $7.3 billion in sales, which is materially higher than the consensus.

Tesla short-sellers had been adding positions over the last week, according to Ihor Dusaniwsky of financial analytics firm S3 Partners, and the company has the second-biggest short interest behind Apple Inc.

The firm said in a research note that Tesla's Model 3 sedan is a "proven hit" and serious competition from other automakers for the plug-in vehicle market has not materialized, marking a sharp reversal from its previous stance.

Tesla is at something of a turning point.

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"Rumours of the Tesla killers have been as constant and unfounded as Bob Lutz's call for Tesla's bankruptcy", said Citron Research, founded by activist short-seller Andrew Left.

Shares of Tesla, which will report third-quarter earnings after market close on Wednesday, were up 6.3 percent at US$277.2 in morning trading.

Tesla co-founder and chief executive Musk has lashed out on Twitter at short-sellers, earlier this year sending "short shorts" to one such investor betting on shares in the company dropping.

Elon Musk is no stranger to outlandish tweets.

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Last week, a USA judge approved the settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission, Tesla Inc and Elon Musk.

Earlier in October, following the settlement of his case with the SEC, Musk also took a dig at the agency, describing it as the "Shortseller Enrichment Commission". "And the name change is so on point!"

Left, 48, made headlines last month by suing Tesla and Musk over his August 7 tweets about trying to take the company private. Mr Musk said on Twitter. Tesla and Musk later settled with the regulator by agreeing to pay US$20 million each and to make changes to management.

The SEC filed a lawsuit on September 27 charging fraud and seeking to bar Musk from serving as an executive at any public company.

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