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Morgan Stanley Sees $2.5 Billion Equity Raise for Troubled Tesla

  • Better to raise equity when there’s no need to: Morgan Stanley
  • Musk has repeatedly said carmaker doesn’t need capital raise
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Tesla Inc. could raise funds as soon as this year as Elon Musk’s company ramps up production and prepares for maturing debt, analysts at Morgan Stanley predict.

The company, whose stock has slumped 25 percent in the past six weeks amid a string of controversies, could raise $2.5 billion in equity in the fourth quarter from investors that have a strategic interest in its business model, Morgan Stanley analysts including Adam Jonas wrote in a note dated Tuesday outlining various possibilities.