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June 4, 2014
13:29 EDTSPWR, FSLRFirst Solar climbs after tariffs imposed on Chinese competitors
Shares of solar energy company First Solar (FSLR) are rising after the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it would impose duties of 18.5%-35% on imports of many Chinese solar energy products. A number of research firms wrote that First Solar would benefit from the tariffs. WHAT'S NEW: In a preliminary decision, the Commerce Department imposed duties on many Chinese solar energy imports. Additionally, the department closed a loophole by imposing the tariffs on products whose main parts come from China, but are assembled in other countries. While today's move by the Commerce Department is preliminary and is subject to changes later this year, the U.S. will begin collecting the tariffs before a final decision is made permanent, The New York Times reported. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Patrick Jobin wrote that the tariffs were positive for First Solar. The import duties will make First Solar's panels more cost competitive in the U.S., since its panels will not be subject to the duties, the analyst explained. Another company whose panels are likely to become more competitive in the U.S. as a result of the tariffs is SunPower (SPWR), Jobin believes. Meanwhile, Northland Securities analyst Colin Rusch wrote that First Solar and SunPower would both "clearly" benefit from the ruling. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also today, an Indian court delayed until July 7 a hearing on First Solar's challenge of New Dehli's preliminary determination that the company had dumped solar panels in the Indian market, according to Bloomberg. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, First Solar rose 5% to $66, while SunPower jumped 8% to $35.
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May 28, 2015
08:15 EDTSPWRSunPower selected by Californian school district for 22 MW of solar power
SunPower and the Kern High School District announced an agreement to design and build 22 MW of solar power systems at 27 district sites, the largest contracted commitment to solar power by any school district in the U.S. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2016, and will be financed through a power purchase agreement.
May 26, 2015
16:20 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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15:23 EDTSPWR, FSLRRBC says sell First Solar as earnings power overestimated
RBC Capital cut its rating on solar energy company First Solar (FSLR) to Underperform, its equivalent of a "sell" rating, in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: First Solar's earnings power is significantly below analysts' consensus estimate and the company's guidance, RBC Capital analyst Mahesh Sanganeria wrote. The company's profits will be limited due to the lower selling prices of its modules and its declining gross margin, the analyst stated. Moreover, even if demand for modules is very strong, First Solar's sales will be limited by its capacity, Sanganeria contended. Furthermore, First Solar's cost advantage over competing modules has eroded and may disappear completely, partly due to significant declines in polysilicon prices and manufacturing efficiency improvements, the analyst stated. Sanganeria downgraded the shares to Underperform from Sector Perform and lowered the price target on the stock to $34 from $54. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In contrast, UBS was upbeat on the outlook for another name in the solar sector, SunEdison (SUNE), in its own note to investors today. SunEdison is may begin paying a dividend and could expand into Canadian renewable projects, UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith wrote. The company may acquire Canadian assets for relatively cheap prices, said Dumoulin-Smith, who kept a $32 price target and Buy rating on SunEdison. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, First Solar dropped 6.7% to $51.41 and SunEdison slipped 1.7% to $30.14. CORRECTION: This story corrects an earlier one to clarify that 8point3 Energy Partners is a growth-oriented limited partnership formed by First Solar and SunPower (SPWR) to own, operate and acquire solar energy generation projects. TerraForm Global is the diversified, dividend growth-oriented company formed to acquire clean energy generation assets from SunEdison.
13:22 EDTFSLRFirst Solar May weekly volatility low on pullback
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12:35 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:58 EDTFSLRFirst Solar trades near session lows, levels to watch
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09:58 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up marginally after reporting third quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Geeknet (GKNT), up 119.7% after being acquired by Hot Topic for $17.50 per share... IntelliPharmaCeutics (IPCI), up 16.8% after being granted fast track designation for Rexista Oxycodone by FDA... McDermott (MDR), up 9.2% after favorable mention in Barron's and after being awarded a project for 12 jackets offshore Saudi Arabia... Time Warner Cable (TWC), up 5.2% following announcement of merger with Charter (CHTR)... Charter is up fractionally. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Sky-mobi (MOBI), down 7.9%. ALSO LOWER: Etsy (ETSY), down 5.7% following a Wall Street Journal report that Amazon.com (AMZN) is targeting Etsy with an artisan goods marketplace... First Solar (FSLR), down 4.1% after being downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... AstraZeneca (AZN), down 1.9% after Amgen (AMGN) ends participation in co-development and commercialization of brodalumab... Amgen is down 1.5%.
06:46 EDTFSLRFirst Solar downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital downgraded First Solar to Underperform and lowered its price target on the stock to $34 from $54. The firm believes First Solar's cost advantage over C-Si module producers is diminishing and that its earnings power is significantly below previous guidance and consensus. RBC Capital rolled out 2016 estimates of $1.37/$3.4B, versus consensus of $3.48/$4.1B and guidance of $3.50-$5.00/$3.8B-$4.5B. The firm sees limited upside to its estimates given First Solar's high exposure to utility scale projects and long-lead time and development cycles, combined with lower ASPs and gross margins to third-party module estimates.
May 22, 2015
08:56 EDTFSLRJefferies to hold a field trip
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May 21, 2015
12:01 EDTFSLRSouthern Company subsidiary acquires 103-MW Georgia solar project
Southern Company (SO) subsidiary Southern Power acquired the 103-megawatt Butler solar facility from Community Energy in Georgia. The project, which was initially developed by Community Energy was selected by Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power in a competitive process through the nationally recognized Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative. The facility, which will be located on approximately 1,070 acres in Taylor County, Georgia, is expected to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. Construction is slated to begin in September 2015, with First Solar (FSLR) managing the building, operations and maintenance of the facility. The Butler solar facility is expected to consist of more than 1 million of First Solar's thin-film photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a 30-year power purchase agreement with Georgia Power, which will have the option to keep or sell the RECs, for the benefit of its customers or renewable energy programs.

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