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August 13, 2014
12:16 EDTJKS, TSL, FSLR, CSIQ, JASOCanadian Solar soars after results top estimates
Shares of solar power company Canadian Solar (CSIQ) are soaring after the company posted better than expected second quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Canadian Solar reported Q2 earnings per share of 95c and revenue of $623.8M, easily beating consensus estimates of 58c and $577.65M, respectively. Q2 solar module shipments were 646 MW, compared to 500 MW in the first quarter and versus guidance in the range of 600 MW to 630 MW. Gross margin was 19.0%, compared to 14.7% in Q1, and versus guidance in the range of 17% to 19%. CEO Dr. Shawn Qu said, "Our second quarter shipments and revenue came in above the high end of our guidance led by strong module demand out of Japan, Germany, the UK and the US, as well as progress in the build-out of our utility-scale solar projects in Canada. Gross margin in the second quarter improved significantly to 19.0% compared to 14.7% in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting solid execution of our total solutions business strategy, as well as higher module ASP and shipment volume. We believe we remain one of the solar industry's best positioned companies given our diverse manufacturing footprint and advanced-stage project pipeline in Canada, Japan, the U.S., and China. We are making steady progress in key developing markets in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa, and we continue to see robust demand for our solar energy solutions products and services across all geographies and market segments." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Canadian Solar forecast Q3 revenue of $760M-$810M, versus consensus of $784.75M. Q3 gross margin was seen at 19%-21%, with module shipments of 720MW-750MW. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Northland said it was encouraged by Canadian Solar's Q2 report and expects backlog value to increase as lower cost of capital comes into the market. It said the company's module pricing and margin are holding up better than spot market data suggests, primarily due to its limited exposure to the China module market. The firm also said execution on its project business is improving and expects Street estimates to be revised higher. Northland had an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Canadian Solar rose $4.47, or about 18%, to $29.44 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 150% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the solar space include: Trina Solar (TSL), JA Solar (JASO), First Solar (FSLR), and JinkoSolar (JKS), all of which are higher on the session.
News For CSIQ;TSL;JASO;FSLR;JKS From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
07:13 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar says 'very disappointed' by U.S. AD/CVD ruling
Canadian Solar, in response to the United States Department of Commerce's Tuesday decision to impose counter-veiling and anti-dumping tariffs on certain Chinese and Taiwanese photovoltaic modules and cell imports, stated: "We are very disappointed by the DOC's decision, and the damaging impact this has on the American solar industry. This decision threatens the employment of tens and thousands of American workers in the various facets of the solar industry, including manufacturing, design, installation and operations. We plan to utilize our 500 MW manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada to continue our support for solar energy development in the United States. As a Canadian company, however, we firmly believe in free international trade and a market economy with zero trade barriers."
December 18, 2014
07:13 EDTCSIQSolarCity, Canadian Solar called top 2015 solar picks at JPMorgan
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December 17, 2014
09:33 EDTFSLRSouthern Company selects First Solar to expand solar development in Georgia
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06:36 EDTFSLR, TSL, CSIQ, JASOU.S. announces tariffs on Chinese, Taiwanese solar companies, NY Times says
The U.S. announced that it would impose tariffs of 26.7%-78.4% on the imports of most Chinese made solar panels, and tariffs of 11.45%-27.5% on solar cells made in Taiwan, according to The New York Times. Duties of 27.6%-50% will be imposed on modules made in China, the newspaper quoted the Commerce Department as saying. American officials still hope that they can reach a settlement with the Chinese on solar trade issues, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link
December 16, 2014
10:42 EDTFSLRFirst Solar calls active on renewed takeover speculation
First Solar December 41.5 and 42 calls are active on total call volume of 5K contracts (3K puts) following renewed takeover speculation. December call option implied volatility is at 64, January and February is at 48; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:07 EDTFSLRRumor: First Solar moves off lows on renewed takeover chatter
Share of First Solar (FSLR) are moving higher on renewed speculation Siemens AG (SIEGY) may be acquire the company.
07:07 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar completes sale of RayLight solar power plant
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December 15, 2014
10:10 EDTFSLRSolar stocks could be volatile ahead of ITC/ITA decisions, says Brean Capital
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December 12, 2014
08:42 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar has reached attractive entry point, says Roth Capital
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07:01 EDTJKSJinkoSolar supplies China General Nuclear Power Group 80 MW of solar modules
JinkoSolar announced that it has supplied 80 MW of solar PV modules to China General Nuclear Power Group for a solar PV project in Neihuang County, Henan Province. Located in Mashang and Liucun, two villages in Neihuang County, Henan Province, the project is being built on the rooftops of traditional agricultural greenhouse. It utilizes 325689 pieces of JinkoSolar's high-efficiency PV modules is expected to be connected to the grid by the end of 2014.
December 10, 2014
11:57 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; NFX FSLR
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08:05 EDTFSLRFirst Solar announces strategic investment in Clean Energy Collective
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December 8, 2014
09:04 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar management to meet with JPMorgan
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09:01 EDTJASOJA Solar supplies 100MW of modules to solar farm in Pakistan
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06:11 EDTTSLTrina Solar acquires 28% stake in Shuntai Leasing
Trina Solar announced it has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire a 28% stake in Shuntai Leasing Company Limited. Total registered capital of Shuntai is approximately $50M. Changzhou Hi-tech Jinlong Holdings, a subsidiary of Changzhou Hi-tech Group Co., is the major shareholder of Shuntai. Changzhou Hi-tech Group is one of the largest state-owned companies in Changzhou covering a wide range of businesses including government financing, city development and operation of business enterprises. The group also owns several financing institutions and has raised approximately $5.5B in the past years. Trina Solar has also signed a cooperation agreement with Shuntai to finance the company's downstream projects and solar manufacturing business by leveraging Shuntai's leasing platform.
06:06 EDTCSIQSharp could sell U.S. solar unit to Canadian Solar, Nikkei reports
Sharp (SHCAY) will reportedly sell its U.S.-based solar energy development unit Recurrent Energy to Canadian Solar (CSIQ) for about $250M, The Nikkei said yesterday. Sharp aims to reach a basic agreement Canadian Solar by the end of the month and complete the sale by spring, the report indicated. Reference Link

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