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June 24, 2014
05:14 EDTKBH, SPWRSunPower announces expanded partnership with KB Home
SunPower (SPWR) announced a new collaboration with its partner KB Home (KBH) to install energy storage solutions at certain KB Home locations in California as part of a pilot program. SunPower currently offers its solar power systems to purchasers of new homes in more than 150 KB Home communities; this new pilot program expands the partnership.
News For SPWR;KBH From The Last 14 Days
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November 21, 2014
10:00 EDTKBHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Trinity Industries (TRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
08:17 EDTKBHKB Home upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James
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06:28 EDTSPWRNRG Energy to seek large cuts in carbon emissions
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November 19, 2014
18:06 EDTSPWRSunPower announces reorganization, sees $15M-$25M restructuring charge in Q4
SunPower disclosed in a regulatory filing that on November 14, SunPower announced a reorganization plan aimed towards realigning resources consistently with SunPower's global strategy and improving its overall operating efficiency and cost structure. In connection with this plan, which is expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2015, SunPower expects approximately 85 to 115 employees to be affected, primarily in Europe, representing approximately 1% to 2% of SunPower's global workforce. SunPower expects to incur restructuring charges totaling approximately $15M to $25M, principally composed of severance benefits, lease and related termination costs, and other associated costs. A substantial portion of such charges are expected to be incurred in the Q4, and SunPower expects more than 90% of total charges to be cash. The actual timing and costs of the plan may differ from SunPower’s current expectations and estimates due to a number of factors, including uncertainties related to required consultations with employee representatives as well as other local labor law requirements and mandatory processes in the relevant jurisdictions.
November 18, 2014
12:59 EDTSPWRChinese solars advance following JA Solar results
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November 17, 2014
15:25 EDTSPWRSunPower call activity attributed to takeover speculation
SunPower November 28 and 28.5 call activity is attributed to takeover speculation. November call option implied volatility is at 60, November is at 53, December is at 89, January is at 51; compares to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
15:21 EDTSPWRSunPower turns negative following SolarCity segment on FBN
Shares of SunPower (SPWR) briefly spiked in afternoon trading after Liz Claman of Fox Business News stated earlier on her Twitter feed: "The sun attracts billionaires! @SunPower has @WarrenBuffett investing, @solarcity has @elonmusk in." Claman appeared to have been referring to Buffett's prior investment in SunPower's 579-megawatt Solar Star development, not a new investment in its stock. The anchor spoke with SolarCity (SCTY) CEO Lyndon Rive on the network and none of the discussion focused on new events regarding Buffett or SunPower, which is now down 1% in afternoon trading near $27.24.
15:03 EDTSPWRWarren Buffett investing in SunPower, FBN's Claman reports
Fox Business News' Liz Claman stated earlier on her Twitter feed: "The sun attracts billionaires! @SunPower has @WarrenBuffett investing, @solarcity has @elonmusk in." Reference Link
15:00 EDTSPWRRumor: SunPower strength attributed to takeover speculation
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06:34 EDTSPWRSunPower outlook only 'optically' soft, says Citigroup
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November 13, 2014
09:29 EDTSPWRSunPower to host analyst day
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09:12 EDTSPWRSunPower and Castaic Lake Water Agency begin 3.5MW solar expansion project
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08:45 EDTSPWRSunPower sees Q4 GAAP EPS $1.00-$1.25, may not compare to consensus 33c
Sees Q4 GAAP revenue $1.12B-$1.17B, may not compare to consensus $624.06M.
08:41 EDTSPWRSunPower sees FY15 adjusted EPS $1.10-$1.50, consensus $1.31
Sees FY15 non-GAAP revenue $2.4B-$2.6B, consensus $2.80B. Sees FY15 GAAP revenue $2.4B-$2.6B. Sees FY15 gross margin 21%-23%. Sees Fy15 CapEx $300M-$350M.
07:18 EDTKBHUBS to hold a conference
Building & Building Products Annual CEO Conference is being held in New York on November 13 with webcasted company presentations to begin at 9:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
November 12, 2014
06:35 EDTSPWRU.S., China reach carbon emissions deal, NY Times says
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November 10, 2014
09:26 EDTKBHKB Home management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in New York on November 14 hosted by JPMorgan.
November 7, 2014
10:26 EDTSPWRSolar names retreat after First Solar results miss expectations
Shares of a number of solar companies are falling after one of the leading companies in the sector, First Solar (FSLR), announced weaker than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: First Solar reported Q3 earnings per share, excluding a one-time tax benefit, of 61c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 64c. The company reported Q3 revenue of $899M, versus the consensus outlook of about $1B. First Solar reiterated its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance of $2.40-$2.80, versus the consensus outlook of $2.61. However, the company trimmed its full-year sales guidance to $3.6B-$3.9B from $3.7B-$4B. The company added that it was on track to meet or exceed its bookings goal for the full year. Additionally, First Solar announced that its potential bookings opportunities had risen to 13.7 gigawatts, versus 12.7 gigawatts in Q2, due to continued growth in the U.S., Latin America and India. “Following the project delays experienced in the prior quarter, our third quarter earnings have improved, and we continue to make progress towards our financial targets for the year," said First Solar CEO Jim Hughes. First Solar is not prepared to pursue the launch of a YieldCo at this time, Hughes reported. YieldCos are subsidiaries of energy companies that own power plants and projects and typically trade on stock exchanges. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On October 20, JPMorgan wrote that the recent sell-off in solar stocks was unjustified, as Q3 results up to that time showed that the sector's fundamentals had changed little. The firm named First Solar as one of its favorite names in the sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, First Solar (FSLR) sank 11% to $50.15. Meanwhile, SunPower (SPWR) fell 2.5% to $29.57, Sunedison (SUNE) declined 1.6% to $18, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) lost 3% to $30, and JinkoSolar (JKS) gave back 2.7% to $22.74.

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