TeslaTomahawk, WI 4/1/2013 (Expedated) – April showers bring May flowers, right? I would welcome some warmer weather here.

Welcoming a profit for the fist time in a long time is Quicksilver Resources (KWK) which is up over 22% in morning trading on the news that it has reached an agreement to sell a 25% interest in its Barnett Shale oil and gas assets to a subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co.

The deal will give Quicksilver some $485 million in cash and that should  help the company to pay down the massive debt load that they acquired over the last several years as they bought up shale reserves before the economy went into the tank back in 2008. This could also help stabilize the stock, which since July has since slipped 59%.

All this is good news as the management team has finally gotten with the game and cut their spending on new wells. KWK has operated at negative free cash flow from the years 2007-2012. Quicksilver has become FCF positive in Q4 2012, and is looking to be cash flow positive for the entire year of 2013.

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) is up over 17% this morning  as the company said sales are strong and it will post a first-quarter net profit.

On Easter Sunday the company reported that first-quarter sales numbers show that 4,750 Model S sedans have been sold, while the expected guidance was 4,500. Earlier this year the company said it would be slightly profitable in the first quarter, excluding noncash option and warrant expenses.

Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk said; “There have been many car startups over the past several decades, but profitability is what makes a company real, Tesla is here to stay and keep fighting for the electric car revolution.”

Tesla has lost money since sales of the Roadster began in 2008, and the company is banking on the cheaper Model S to expand its market. But it said production costs should fall as it produces more vehicles.

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