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June 25, 2014
10:15 EDTYGE, JKS, SOL, SPWRSunPower, peers advance after analyst ups price target
Shares of solar energy company SunPower (SPWR) and other names in the sector are climbing after research firm RW Baird increased its price target on SunPower to $48 from $42. Sunower develops solar power plants and sells solar equipment. WHAT'S NEW: SolarCity's (SCTY) decision to begin manufacturing solar panels, via its acquisition of privately held solar panel maker Silevo, further validates SunPower's business model, Baird analyst Ben Kallo wrote in a note to investors earlier today. SunPower should benefit from increasing demand for solar panels, as well as cost reductions and capacity expansion, the analyst predicted. SunPower should also benefit from increases in the efficiency of its modules and sales of more of its projects, Kallo believes. Meanwhile, the company should create value for shareholders over time by either selling its projects or placing them in a yieldco, and by potentially spinning off its residential business, the analyst believes. Yieldcos are subsidiaries of energy companies that own power plants and projects and typically trade on stock exchanges. Kallo kept an Outperform rating on SunPower. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Earlier this month, JPMorgan and Brean Capital downgraded SunPower based on valuation. These downgrades ignore SunPower's long-term value, Kallo contended in his note today. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, SunPower climbed 2% to $40, JinkoSolar (JKS) gained 1% to $29.50, Yingli Green Energy (YGE) advanced 1.5% to $3.60, and ReneSola (SOL) gained 1% to $2.90.
News For SPWR;JKS;YGE;SOL From The Last 14 Days
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February 9, 2016
19:18 EDTSPWROn 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 EDTSPWRSolar 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%.
February 5, 2016
06:38 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy announces partnership with Iberdrola
Yingli Green Energy has recently signed an agreement with Iberdrola, for the new product "Smart Solar Iberdrola", the turnkey solar PV solution that Iberdrola has set up to its customers which offers the possibility to generate and consume their own electricity by installing this technology. Yingli will provide Iberdrola with its extensive portfolio of solar panels, experience and best resources including technical and human, for assembly work, configuration and monitoring of equipment performance, and preventive and corrective maintenance, to make sure the systems perform as safely and efficiently as possible.
January 28, 2016
14:11 EDTSPWRCalifornia PUC approves new net-metering rules
The California Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 in favor of the proposed Net Energy Metering Successor Tariff.

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