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May 28, 2014
10:48 EDTPLUG, FCEL, BLDP, FSLRFuelCell, First Solar advance after upbeat notes from analyst
Shares of FuelCell (FCEL) and First Solar (FSLR) are climbing after research firm Stifel resumed coverage of both stocks with Buy ratings in notes to investors earlier today. First Solar develops solar energy plants, while Fuel Cell develops fuel cell power systems. WHAT'S NEW: FuelCell has made progress in reducing its technology and manufacturing costs, Stifel analyst Sven Eenmaa wrote. Additionally, the company's fuel cell power plant solution is becoming increasingly attractive in several states following a decline in the cost of electricity generated by the product, the analyst believes. Following the price drop, the price of FuelCell's solution is competitive with other renewable energy sources, the analyst wrote. Although FuelCell's U.S. bookings are likely to remain uneven as Americans get used to the technology, these challenges should fade over time, he forecast. The analyst placed a $2.90 price target on the name. First Solar is still strongly positioned to exploit the growth of solar energy around the world, Eenmaa believes. The company should benefit from the proliferation of solar energy projects in the U.S. ahead of the expiration of a tax credit in 2016, the analyst added. Also likely to boost First Solar are the declining cost of financing for solar projects, reductions in the cost of First Solar's cost per watt, and capital raises by yieldcos, the analyst forecast. Yieldcos are subsidiaries of energy companies that own power plants and projects and typically trade on stock exchanges. Eenmaa set a $75 price target on First Solar. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, FuelCell climbed more than 6% to $2.37 and First Solar gained 1.3% to $62.06. Other fuel cell stocks also rose significantly, with Plug Power (PLUG) rising 4.5% to $4.18 and Ballard Power (BLDP) advancing 7.5% to $3.50.
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January 30, 2015
12:12 EDTFSLRSeveral solar stocks rise following RBC upgrades
A number of solar energy stocks are rising after RBC Capital upgraded three names in the sector to Outperform from Sector Perform in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: RBC Capital analyst Mahesh Sanganeria upgraded shares of SunPower (SPWR) to Outperform from Sector Perform. New plants being developed by the company should increase its manufacturing capacity, enabling it to benefit from demand increases, the analyst stated, noting that the company has been unable to keep pace with demand. Meanwhile, SunPower could generate $90M-$100M in cash annually and $70M-$80M in cash available for distribution if it forms a yieldco, the analyst estimated. A yieldco would increase SunPower's value by $1.9B, according to Sanganeria. Yieldcos are subsidiaries of energy companies that own power plants and projects and typically trade on stock exchanges. The analyst raised his price target on SunPower to $36 from $35. Sanganeria also upgraded two Chinese solar companies, JA Solar (JASO) and Trina Solar (TSL). JA Solar should be able to outperform the overall solar market by selling more of its products to markets with higher prices, as well as selling a higher percentage of solar modules that attract higher prices, the analyst believes. Global solar installations should increase in the low to mid teen percentage levels, noted the analyst, who raised his price target on JA Solar to $13 from $12. As for Trina Solar, Sanganeria expects the company to benefit from its strong balance sheet, which should help it expand its business. Additionally, the Chinese company should benefit from stable margins, as it cuts costs faster than solar prices decline, according to Sanganeria. Finally, Trina should be able to increase its profit margins in the longer term by building more solar power plants, wrote the analyst, noting that the company's U.K. plants achieved 20% gross margins, above the company's overall mid-teen percentage margins. Sanganeria raised his price target on the name to $13 from $12. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the solar space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, SunPower climbed 1% to $24.25, Trina Solar gained 2% to $9.05, and JA Solar gained 2% to $8.
January 29, 2015
05:50 EDTPLUGStocks with implied volatility movement; PLUG CYX
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January 28, 2015
16:38 EDTBLDPBallard Power customer wins European Union funding for fuel cell buses
Ballard Power Systems announced that its customer, Van Hool N.V., has signed a grant agreement with the EU Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking for deployment of 21 fuel cell buses in Europe as part of the 3Emotion Program. Ballard and Van Hool, partners in the deployment of numerous fuel cell buses in Europe, are in the process of finalizing an equipment supply agreement, ESA, for the provision by Ballard of 21 fuel cell power modules. Ballard anticipates receipt of purchase orders under the ESA that will lead to delivery of these fuel cell modules to Van Hool in 2015 and 2016.
10:47 EDTPLUGPlug Power sees FY15 total sales in excess of $100M, consensus $123.7M
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07:47 EDTPLUGPlug Power to hold a business news update conference call
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January 26, 2015
11:50 EDTFSLRSolar names rise after Obama pledges U.S. help for Indian solar push
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10:28 EDTFSLRIndia's Mahnidra to add 500 MW of solar energy, Reuters says
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06:48 EDTFSLRTax credit, loan guarantee changes could hurt solar energy, NY Times says
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January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTBLDPOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:15 EDTBLDPBallard Power initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.
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January 20, 2015
11:03 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR NE
First Solar (FSLR) January call option implied volatility increased 5% to 48, Noble Corp. (NE) June 18 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 53 according to IVolatility.

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