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June 25, 2014
10:15 EDTSOL, SPWR, YGE, JKSSunPower, 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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May 26, 2015
15:23 EDTSPWRRBC 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.
07:04 EDTJKSJinkoSolar production facility in Malaysia begins operations
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May 20, 2015
05:28 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy responds to media coverage of its ability as going concern
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May 19, 2015
08:47 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy seeks strategic investor, Bloomberg reports
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May 18, 2015
07:08 EDTJKSJinkoSolar to supply 50 MW of solar panels to Tegnatia for projects in Turkey
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07:01 EDTJKSJinkoSolar to supply 50MW of solar panels to Tegnatia
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May 13, 2015
07:04 EDTJKSJinkoSolar signs 1 GW framework supply agreement with China Minsheng New Energy
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