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February 26, 2014
10:38 EDTSUNE, FSLR, CSIQ, JKS, SPWRFirst Solar sinks after results miss expectations
Shares of First Solar (FSLR) are tumbling after the company reported significantly weaker than expected fourth quarter results and provided lower than expected first quarter profit guidance. First Solar develops photovoltaic solar modules and builds solar power plants. WHAT'S NEW: First Solar's fourth quarter earnings per share, excluding some items, came in at 89c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 99c. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Moreover, First Solar provided first quarter EPS guidance of 50c-60c, versus the consensus outlook of 84c. The solar energy company's first quarter revenue guidance was $800M-$900M, versus the consensus outlook of $898.25M. First Solar stated that its fourth quarter revenue was negatively affected by the timing of revenue generation from several of its projects. There were delays in "a couple" projects for which the company had expected to recognize revenue in Q4, the company stated. As a result of the delays, First Solar now expects to recognize revenue from these projects this year instead. Moreover, the company obtained initial revenue from several projects in the third quarter, rather than last quarter, the company added. Furthermore, First Solar stated 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. First Solar will provide more detail about its full-year outlook at its Analyst Day on March 19, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Citigroup analyst Shahriar Pourreza wrote that First Solar's results were weaker than expected due to timing issues. The company's Analyst Day, where it should provide 2014 guidance, will be a "key catalyst, and investors will now likely focus on the event, wrote the analyst. Pourreza, who added that First Solar's Q1 guidance could be conservative, kept a $63 price target and Buy rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other names in the sector include SunPower (SPWR), Canadian Solar (CSIQ), Sunedison (SUNE), and JinkoSolar (JKS). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, First Solar sank $6.17, or 10.7%, to $51.80.
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February 12, 2016
09:24 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Groupon (GRPN), down 19.6%... USA Technologies (USAT), up 7.1%... Wynn Resorts (WYNN), up 3.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Square (SQ), up 15.8% after Visa (V) disclosed 9.99% stake in the company... Suncor Energy (SU), up 4.5% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... JPMorgan (JPM), up 4.9% after CEO Jamie Dimon buys 500,000 shares of common stock... Sunedison (SUNE), up 4.4% after the Wall Street Journal reported that a judge issued a temporary restraining order barring SunEdison and affiliate Terraform Power (TERP) from unusual asset moves. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Cyberark (CYBR), down 11.5%... Select Comfort (SCSS), down 17.7%... Zillow (Z), down 4.9%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), down 7.5%... Activision Blizzard (ATVI), down 6.1%.
February 11, 2016
14:50 EDTSUNEJudge temporarily bars SunEdison from 'unusual' asset moves, WSJ reports
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05:40 EDTFSLRSolarCity downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Jon Windham downgraded SolarCity (SCTY) to Equal Weight citing the company's "weak" installation growth and guidance in Q4 and as well as investors' increasing focus on the company's near-term funding needs. Further, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling may delay action on the Clean Power Plan, Windham tells investors in a research note. He cut his price target for SolarCity shares to $20 from $49. The analyst also downgraded this morning Sunrun (RUN) to Equal Weight. Windham's top pick in the space remains First Solar (FSLR).
February 10, 2016
16:43 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks endured another roller coaster session as Fed Chair Yellen kicked off her annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill. The averages began the day in positive territory, helped by an early rise in oil prices. The averages shot higher following a bullish oil inventory report, but soon afterward reversed and began to lose ground. The Nasdaq, which had been the strongest of the indexes throughout the day, maintained its leadership while the other indexes faltered. The Dow struggled under the weight of Disney (DIS) shares, which were lower following the company's earnings report, and gave in to the selling pressure for good late in the day, falling into the red near the close of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Tomorrow, she will present to the Senate Banking Committee. In her prepared remarks ahead of her testimony, Yellen said U.S. financial conditions have recently become "less supportive of growth," citing declines in the stock market, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and further appreciation of the dollar. Yellen also noted that foreign economic developments pose risks to domestic economic growth, noting that these growth concerns, along with strong supply conditions and high inventories, contributed to the recent fall in the prices of oil and other commodities. In a Q&A session, Yellen said she did not think recent market volatility warrants a rate cut. Separately, the Treasury announced a $55.2B budget surplus for January, much improved from the $17.5B shortfall registered in January of 2015. In Asia, Japanese stock indexes sank further, with the Topix falling another 3% and the Nikkei dropping over 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Continuing a recent trend in the media space, Time Warner (TWX) reported lower than expected quarterly revenues and saw its stock punished. The shares ended the day down 5% to $60.03, after slipping much further early in the session, despite the fact that its fourth quarter earnings topped expectations, as did its profit forecast for the new fiscal year, with the company also hiking its dividend 15% and authorizing a $5B share buyback program. Meanwhile, Disney last night reported better than expected earnings and revenue, powered by its blockbuster "Star Wars" film, but its shares fell 3.8% to $88.82 as investors continue to worry about the future of traditional media companies in the face of industry shifting trends such as cord-cutting and over-the-top video... SolarCity (SCTY) plunged 29.3% to $18.63 after reporting lower than projected installations in Q4 and giving lower than expected Q1 installation guidance. The stock's slide also weighed on its peers in the solar space, as First Solar (FSLR) fell 3% and Sunrun (RUN) dropped 15.7%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Fitbit (FIT), which advanced 2.7% to $14.68 after Vanguard reported a 9.2% stake in the company and Salesforce (CRM) founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake. Also higher was Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX), which rose 4.7% to $33.70 after AbbVie (ABBV), in cooperation with the company, announced that the second Phase 3 trial of endometriosis drug Elagolix met its co-primary endpoints. Meanwhile, Akamai (AKAM) and Panera Bread (PNRA) gained 21.2% and 4.95%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. Among the notable losers was Retrophin (RTRX), which declined 0.7% to $13.64 after Imprimis Pharmaceuticals (IMMY) said it intends to make an alternative to the company's Thiola product. Also lower were ARM Holdings (ARMH) and Demandware (DWRE), which lost 8.82% and 8.81%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.64, or 0.62%, to 15,914.74, the Nasdaq gained 14.83, or 0.35%, to 4,283.59, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.35, or 0.02%, to 1,851.86.
12:18 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks have undergone another see-saw ride. The averages opened in positive territory, added to their gains in early trading, then saw much of their gains disappear, with the Dow now slipping below the flat line. Market watchers are intently listening as Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks before the House Finance committee. She has maintained her mantra that the central bank will be data dependent in making its policy decisions and given little clue as to the potential pace of further rate hikes, though she did say that she does not believe the Fed will need to cut rates again. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Tomorrow, she will present to the Senate Banking Committee. In her prepared remarks ahead of her testimony, Yellen said U.S. financial conditions have recently become "less supportive of growth," citing declines in the stock market, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and a further appreciation of the dollar. Yellen also noted that foreign economic developments pose risks to U.S. economic growth, noting that these growth concerns, along with strong supply conditions and high inventories, contributed to the recent fall in the prices of oil and other commodities. In Asia, Japanese stock indexes sank further, with the Topix falling another 3% and the Nikkei dropping over 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Continuing a recent trend in the media space, Time Warner (TWX) reported lower than expected quarterly revenues and its stock was punished. The shares were down 2% near noon, after being down much further early in the session, despite the fact that its fourth quarter earnings topped expectations, as did its profit forecast for the new fiscal year, and the company hiked its dividend 15% and approved a $5B share buyback program. Disney (DIS) last night reported better than expected earnings and revenue, powered by its blockbuster "Star Wars" film, but its shares also fell about 5% this morning as investors continue to worry about the future of traditional media companies in the face of industry shifting trends such as cord-cutting and over-the-top video... SolarCity (SCTY) plunged 20% after reporting lower than projected installations in Q4 and giving lower than expected Q1 installation guidance. A number of analysts cut their price targets on the stock but maintained their buy or equivalent ratings, though Roth Capital analyst Philip Shen downgraded SolarCity to Neutral and cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $65. SolarCity's slide weighed on its peers in the solar space as well, as First Solar (FSLR) fell 2.5% and Sunrun (RUN) dropped 12.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Fitbit (FIT), which advanced 5% after Vanguard reported a 9.2% stake in the company and Salesforce (CRM) founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake. Also higher were Akamai (AKAM), Panera (PNRA), and Sealed Air (SEE), which gained 21%, 5%, and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. Among the notable losers was Kapstone (KS), which fell 25% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank following its Q4 earnings report. Also lower were Assurant (AIZ) and Medidata (MDSO), which were down 15% and 13%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 9.17, or 0.06%, to 16,005.21, the Nasdaq was up 50.11, or 1.17%, to 4,318.87, and the S&P 500 was up 10.35, or 0.56%, to 1,862.56.
February 9, 2016
19:18 EDTSUNE, CSIQ, SPWROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Limelight Networks (LLNW), up 20%... Akamai Technologies (AKAM), up 15.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 9.9%... Paycom Software (PAYC), up 13.8%... A10 Networks (ATEN), up 7.3%... Prospect Capital (PSEC), up 8.6%... Nuance Communications (NUAN), up 6.5%... Panera Bread (PNRA), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Empire District Electric (EDE), up 14.8% after Algonquin Power will acquire the company for $34.00 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), down 32.6%... LeapFrog (LF), down 2%... Orion Energy Systems (OESX), down 23.8%... Seattle Genetics (SGEN), down 3.6%... Sangamo Biosciences (SGMO), down 7.1%... Disney (DIS), down 3.4%... Demandware (DWRE), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Sunrun (RUN) is down 6.9%, Solaredge Technologies (SEDG) is down 6.6%, SunEdison (SUNE) is down 5.9%, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is down 2.9%, SunPower (SPWR) is down 2.9%, and Tesla (TSLA) is down 2.2% following SolarCity's fourth quarter results.
17:53 EDTSUNE, SPWR, CSIQSolar stocks drop after SolarCity reports Q4 results
Solar stocks followed SolarCity (SCTY) down after the company reported its fourth quarter results and gave guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2016. WHAT'S NEW: SolarCity reported Q4 earnings per share of ($2.37) against analyst expectations of ($2.59), and Q4 revenue of $115M, against consensus estimates of $105.62M. The company reported Q4 installations up 54% to 272 mega watts. Q4 commercial installations were up 82% to 51 MW while residential installations were up 49% to 221 MW. Operating Lease and Solar Energy Incentive revenue was up 53% to $75M in Q4. SolarCity sees Q1 adjusted EPS ($2.65)-($2.55), against analyst expectations of ($2.36). The company sees Q1 installations up 18% year-over-year to 180 MW. This represents a higher-than-usual seasonal slowdown due to decision to end Nevada operations and renewed focus on cash conversion cycle, particularly in longer lead-time commercial projects. The company also continues to target 1.25 gigawatts installed in FY16. The company noted that the ITC extension provides growth tailwinds. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the earnings press release, management noted, "We closed out a strong 2015 with installations growing 73% to a record 870 MW and costs falling to new lows, though we fell short of our installation goals more than once. We are not happy with these results, and recognize our need to revamp our guidance methodology to avoid any potential shortfalls going forward. Notably, residential has consistently performed above our expectations over the last year, and we missed guidance largely on commercial installations. While we had expected the introduction in mid-2015 of a new guidance methodology that incorporated only commercial projects that were already under construction to minimize risk, clearly this wasn't sufficient. With larger projects, particularly ground-mount, this methodology still leaves sufficient time for delays to push construction past deadlines. Going forward, we plan on removing from guidance any large projects with construction deadlines late in the quarter." PRICE ACTION: Shares of SolarCity plunged 32.5% in after-hours trading to $17.79. OTHERS TO WATCH: Sunrun (RUN) is down 7%, Solaredge Technologies (SEDG) is down 8.2%, SunEdison (SUNE) is down 5.9%, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is down 4.3%, SunPower (SPWR) is down 5.9% following SolarCity's Q4 results. Elon Musk's other publicly traded company, Tesla (TSLA), is also down after-hours by 3.1%.
09:52 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar energizes three solar power plants in Japan
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06:57 EDTSUNESunEdison signs solar power purchase agreement with Stockton East Water District
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February 8, 2016
07:05 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar begins commercial operation of three PV power plants in Japan
Canadian Solar announced that it started the commercial operation of three solar photovoltaic power plants in Japan, totaling approximately 6.2 MWp. The 6.2 MWp portfolio of projects include the 2.3 MWp Ashikita Solar Power Plant in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture, the 2.2 MWp Minamishimabara Power Plant - East and the 1.7MWp Minamishimabara Plant - West in Minamishimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture. The 2.3 MWp Ashikita Solar Power Plant, powered by 9,030 Canadian Solar CS6P-260P modules, achieved commercial operation on December 11, 2015. The 2.2 MWp Minamishimabara Power Plant - East, powered by 8,602 Canadian Solar CS6P-260P modules, achieved commercial operation on December 25, 2015. And finally the 1.7 MWp Minamishimabara Plant - West, powered by 6,509 Canadian Solar CS6P-260P modules, achieved commercial operation on January 29, 2016.
February 3, 2016
07:26 EDTFSLRDeutsche lists five reasons to like First Solar shares
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTSUNES&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.

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