Panasonic Talks Boost Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Pre-Market

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Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is posting gains in early pre-market trade Wednesday, gaining momentum in the wake of reports the company is in talks with Panasonic about investing nearly $1 billion in a battery factory in the U.S. Panasonic said it was considering various options to strengthen its ties with Tesla, according to multiple media reports citing the Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

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