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March 19, 2014
13:45 EDTFSLR, SCTY, SPWR, CSIQ, SUNE, JKSFirst Solar rallies after issuing optimistic FY15 outlook
Shares of solar products and services company First Solar (FSLR) are on the rise after the company issued guidance for next fiscal year that surpassed analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: During the company's analyst day meeting, First Solar said that it expects FY14 earnings per share of $2.20-$2.60. Analysts' consensus for FY14 EPS stood at $3.12 prior to the company's guidance. The company sees FY14 revenue of $3.7B-$4.0B, compared to analysts' consensus of $3.77B. First Solar also said that it expects FY15 earnings per share of $4.50-$6.00, which is well above analysts' consensus of $3.68. The company expects FY15 revenue of $3.8B-$4.3B, compared with analysts' expectations of $4.24B. Also earlier today, First Solar and GE (GE) Power Conversion business announced that they are utilizing their established technology and commercial partnership to develop a more cost effective and productive utility-scale PV power plant design that combines First Solarís CdTe modules with GEís ProSolar 1500 Volt inverter/transformer system. First Solar also announced that it has set a world record for cadmium-telluride photovoltaic module conversion efficiency, achieving a record 17% total area module efficiency in tests performed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The new record is an increase over the prior record of 16.1% efficiency. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On February 26, the day after First Solar reported significantly weaker than expected fourth quarter results and provided lower than expected first quarter profit guidance, the company's stock fell over 9%. At that time First Solar said there were delays in "a couple" of projects for which the company had expected to recognize revenue in Q4 and that it now expects to recognize revenue from these projects this year instead. Furthermore, First Solar said then that its Q1 guidance "is not indicative" of the company's full-year outlook, as it expects to be paid later in the year for a number of projects it is currently building. The company only gave Q1 guidance at that time, not fiscal year guidance, but advised then that it would provide more detail about its full-year outlook at its analyst day. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, First Solar rallied $10.04, or 17.44%, to $67.60. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other names in the solar sector include SolarCity (SCTY), SunPower (SPWR), Canadian Solar (CSIQ), Sunedison (SUNE), and JinkoSolar (JKS).
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September 24, 2014
12:22 EDTSUNEGE says not in talks to acquire SunEdison, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a GE (GE) spokesperson, who has refuting earlier rumors that the company was considering a purchase of SunEdison (SUNE).
10:51 EDTSUNESunEdison spikes higher on heavy volume, levels to watch
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10:14 EDTSUNESunEdison call volume attributed takeover speculation
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10:06 EDTSUNERumor: SunEdison strength attributed to takeover speculation
08:53 EDTSPWR, CSIQCanadian Solar, JA Solar, and SunPower remain top picks at Northland
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08:41 EDTSCTYSolarCity reiterated as a top pick at Goldman
Goldman believes SolarCity's $500M convertible offering yesterday, the closing of its Silevo acquisition, and New York state financing package removes an overhang. The firm views recent weakness as an attractive entry point and reiterates SolarCity as a top pick in the sector. Shares are Conviction Buy rated with a $96 price target.
September 23, 2014
16:57 EDTSCTYSolarCity down over 2% after announcing convertible note offering
16:52 EDTSCTYSolarCity files to sell $500M of convertible senior notes due 2019
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13:27 EDTSPWR, JKS, FSLRSolar names rally after analyst sees China hitting target
Shares of solar energy companies are climbing after research firm Canaccord issued a positive note on the sector. WHAT'S NEW: After touring parts of Asia, Canaccord analyst Josh Baribeau wrote that he continues to believe that the Asian solar market is "strong and poised to tighten." Following a slow start, China is likely to hit its "aggressive" goal of installing 13 gigawatts of solar energy systems this year, driven by its recent policy changes, Baribeau stated. Moreover, the country will probably be "a resilient" market in coming year, the analyst added. Other markets are also staying strong, and demand and prices for solar components are likely to tighten with supply growing at a limited rate, Baribeau believes. The analyst remains upbeat about Canadian Solar's (CSIQ) project pipeline, contending that the company has been more successful in making deals overseas than its Chinese peers. He raised his price target on the shares to $48 from $44 while keeping a Buy rating on the stock. Canadian Solar is based in Canada but has manufacturing facilities in China. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Canadian Solar climbed 2.5% to $38.50. Among Chinese solar companies, JinkoSolar (JKS) rose 2% to $31, Trina Solar (TSL) gained 1.5% to $14, and China Sunergy (CSUN) advanced 1.5% to $3.10. Among American solar companies, First Solar (FSLR) gained 1% to $68 and SunPower (SPWR) rose 1% to $35.
11:53 EDTSCTYStocks with call strike movement; SCTY TWTR
SolarCity (SCTY) February 72.5 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 54, Twitter (TWTR) January 62.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 47 according to IVolatility.
09:13 EDTFSLRHelioSage Energy sells 40MW solar PV project to Duke Energy First Solar
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08:36 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar price target raised to $48 from $44 at Canaccord
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05:30 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar energises first PV plant at Shibushichocho
Canadian Solar announced the completion of the 1.2 MW solar PV power plant at Shibushichocho, Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. Powered by Canadian Solar CS6P-255P modules, the plant will generate approximately 1,533MWh of clean, emission-less solar electricity per year. The electricity generated from the project will be purchased by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. under a 20 year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of 37c per kWh.
September 22, 2014
07:33 EDTSUNESunEdison to install 241 kW of solar PV micro-grids in Indian villages
SunEdison announced a new project that will install 241 kilowatts of solar PV micro-grids with battery storage in 54 remote Indian villages, bringing electricity access to 7,800 off-grid individuals. Under the Indian government's decentralized distribution generation scheme administered by the Rural Electrification Corporation and Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited, SunEdison will build, operate and then transfer the facilities to the public within five years. SunEdison also announced a new grant to enable 200 salt farmers in the Little Runn of Kutch area of India to purchase solar water pumps. The solar water pumps will be used by the families to pump brine and ultimately to produce salt. SunEdison will begin construction of the mini-grids in October and plans to commission them by March 2015. Capacity building and installation of the solar water pmps will begin in November of this year.
September 19, 2014
07:32 EDTSUNESunEdison completes 1.8MW solar electric solar power plant in New Bedford
SunEdison announced the completion of a 1.8 megawatt DC solar power plant constructed on a remediated EPA Superfund site in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The system was developed on approximately 10 acres of land on the remediated Sullivan's Ledge landfill site and represents another significant step towards meeting the City of New Bedford's goal to satisfy 60% of their electricity needs from solar power. SunEdison partnered with BlueWave Capital to develop the project, arranged construction financing and permanent financing for the project, and managed local partners to provide EPC services. In addition to owning and hosting the site, the City of New Bedford signed a 20-year net credit purchasing agreement with SunEdison at rates that will significantly reduce its electricity costs. The savings generated from the Sullivan's Ledge system are estimated to total over $76,000 annually and $1.8 million dollars over the term of the agreement.
06:41 EDTCSIQ, FSLR, SPWRGlobal solar cell demand in 2014 estimated at 40GWp, DigiTimes says
Taiwan-based makers expect global solar cell demand in 2014 is estimated at 40GWp, reports DigiTimes. Of that amount, 11GWp will be in China, 8GWp in Europe, 7GWp in Japan, 5GWp in US and 1.3GWp in India. According to the sources, China- and Taiwan-based makers together have a total annual capacity of 39-42GWp in 2014, enough to meet global demand. 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
September 18, 2014
07:21 EDTSPWR, FSLR, CSIQSolarbuzz: Five APAC markets to have 60% of solar PV demand, DigiTimes says
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September 17, 2014
13:10 EDTCSIQ, SUNEChinese solars advance after analysts upbeat on space
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08:18 EDTSPWR, SUNE, FSLR, CSIQCanadian Solar price target raised to $45 from $40 at FBR Capital
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07:36 EDTFSLRWolfe Research to hold a conference
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