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March 19, 2014
13:45 EDTCSIQ, FSLR, JKS, SPWR, SUNE, SCTYFirst 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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July 24, 2015
09:14 EDTSCTYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 20.7%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Juniper (JNPR), up 9.1%... Visa (V), up 6.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 2.6%... American Airlines (AAL), up 2.1%. ALSO HIGHER: SolarCity (SCTY), up 2.5% after being upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 8.5%... Biogen (BIIB), down 14.1%.
06:34 EDTSCTYSolarCity upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird
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July 23, 2015
08:25 EDTSPWRSunPower to build 100 MW solar power plant for NV Energy
SunPower has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy to build a 100 MW solar photovoltaic power plant planned for construction in the Eldorado Valley of Boulder City, Nevada. The project is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during construction, which is anticipated to commence before the end of 2015, with commercial operation planned in 2016. SunPower acquired the project from KOMIPO America earlier this year.
05:31 EDTSUNESunEdison signs long-term poweer purchase agreement with TPDDL
SunEdison announced that it has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with Tata Power Delhi Distribution, or TPDDL, to provide 180 MW AC of utility-scale solar power for the people of New Delhi. TPDDL is the largest electricity distribution utility in Delhi, and provides power to over 6M people in India's capital city. This is the largest agreement that SunEdison has signed under the open access solar framework, which allows renewable energy providers to sell energy directly through the national grid to end customers.
05:29 EDTSUNEStocks with implied volatility movement; CBI SUNE
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July 22, 2015
08:13 EDTSPWRDominion and SunPower partner to supply solar power to New Jersey homeowners
Dominion (D) subsidiary Dominion Retail and SunPower (SPWR) announced a collaboration of the two companies to offer SunPower solar power systems to New Jersey homeowners. Dominion will provide program details to residents through a marketing campaign scheduled to begin this summer.
July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:10 EDTSCTY, SUNESolarCity has positive read through from Vivint deal, says Roth Capital
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08:06 EDTSUNEVivint Solar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded Vivint Solar (VSLR) citing the takeover by SunEdison (SUNE). SunEdison's operating platform will be "considerably enhanced" by the Vivint acquisition, Deutsche tells investors. It raised its price target for the stock to $45 from $40. It also believes TerraForm (TERP) shares may see near-term pressure due to suggested$900M capital raise to finance the Vivint operating asset acquisition.
07:52 EDTSUNESunEdison price target raised to $39 from $32 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on SunEdison (SUNE) to $39 from $32 following its agreement to purchase Vivint Solar (VSLR). The firm cited its increase in MW capacity and sees execution of a global spin as the next major catalyst. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on SunEdison shares.
07:52 EDTSUNEHP announces renewable energy agreement with SunEdison
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07:38 EDTSUNESunEdison downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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07:16 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar announces construction, financing loan from Manulife
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05:32 EDTSUNESunEdison acquires Mark Group
SunEdison announced that it has acquired Mark Group, based in Leicester, United Kingdom, a SunEdison solar sales and installation partner. This acquisition establishes a direct sales channel for SunEdison in residential and commercial sales within the UK, providing customers with robust energy efficient products and services, and strengthens the company's global position as a renewable energy leader.
July 20, 2015
16:22 EDTSUNE, SCTYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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12:08 EDTSCTY, SUNEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
11:27 EDTSUNE, SCTYSunEdison acquisition implies higher SolarCity valuation, says Raymond James
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09:22 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:14 EDTSUNESunEdison acquires Vivint Solar for $2.2B
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07:03 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar completes grid connection of three solar power plants in Japan
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