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June 4, 2014
11:13 EDTSOL, YGE, JKS, TSLChinese solar stocks fall following tariff decision
Shares of Chinese solar stocks are tumbling after the U.S. Commerce department made a preliminary decision on tariffs on a variety of Chinese solar products. Two research firms differed on the impact of the tariffs on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: The Commerce Department announced that it would impose duties of 18.5%-35% on imports of many Chinese solar energy products. The department closed a loophole by imposing the tariffs on products whose main parts come from China, but are assembled in other countries. Previous tariffs imposed in 2012 had not been applied to Chinese solar products that were assembled in and shipped from other countries, according to The Wall Street Journal. 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 their 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 duties were worse than expected, as the market had foreseen tariffs of 10%-15% would be imposed. Additionally, the scope of the duties is worse than expected, as anything related to China-made solar cells or modules is subject to the charges, Jobin stated, noting that the market had expected only cells assembled in Taiwan to be targeted. The news is negative for Chinese solar companies Yingli Green Energy, (YGE) Trina Solar (TSL), JinkoSolar (JKS), ReneSola (SOL), and JA Solar (JASO), Jobin believes. Trina Solar and Yingli Green are among the Chinese companies most exposed to the U.S. market, and the latter company is in a particularly precarious position, given its constrained balance sheet, the analyst contended. Less pessimistic on the outlook for the Chinese solar companies was Northland Securities analyst Colin Rusch. The ruling is "negative but not that bad," he wrote. It should lower Canadian Solar's (CSIQ) EPS by 5c-10c and it should have a similar impact on JA Solar, the analyst estimated. He kept Outperform ratings on both stocks. Meanwhile, JinkoSolar's existing cost advantage will actually be boosted by over 30% as a result of the ruling, Rusch estimated. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, JinkoSolar fell 4.9% to $25.70, ReneSola gave back 4.8% to $2.20, Yingli Green tumbled 4.8% to $2.81, Canadian Solar dropped 5.2% to $23.78, and JA Solar was down 0.6% to $9.82.
News For YGE;TSL;JKS;SOL From The Last 14 Days
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January 30, 2015
12:12 EDTYGE, TSLSeveral solar stocks rise following RBC upgrades
A number of solar energy stocks are rising after RBC Capital upgraded three names in the sector to Outperform from Sector Perform in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: RBC Capital analyst Mahesh Sanganeria upgraded shares of SunPower (SPWR) to Outperform from Sector Perform. New plants being developed by the company should increase its manufacturing capacity, enabling it to benefit from demand increases, the analyst stated, noting that the company has been unable to keep pace with demand. Meanwhile, SunPower could generate $90M-$100M in cash annually and $70M-$80M in cash available for distribution if it forms a yieldco, the analyst estimated. A yieldco would increase SunPower's value by $1.9B, according to Sanganeria. Yieldcos are subsidiaries of energy companies that own power plants and projects and typically trade on stock exchanges. The analyst raised his price target on SunPower to $36 from $35. Sanganeria also upgraded two Chinese solar companies, JA Solar (JASO) and Trina Solar (TSL). JA Solar should be able to outperform the overall solar market by selling more of its products to markets with higher prices, as well as selling a higher percentage of solar modules that attract higher prices, the analyst believes. Global solar installations should increase in the low to mid teen percentage levels, noted the analyst, who raised his price target on JA Solar to $13 from $12. As for Trina Solar, Sanganeria expects the company to benefit from its strong balance sheet, which should help it expand its business. Additionally, the Chinese company should benefit from stable margins, as it cuts costs faster than solar prices decline, according to Sanganeria. Finally, Trina should be able to increase its profit margins in the longer term by building more solar power plants, wrote the analyst, noting that the company's U.K. plants achieved 20% gross margins, above the company's overall mid-teen percentage margins. Sanganeria raised his price target on the name to $13 from $12. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the solar space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, SunPower climbed 1% to $24.25, Trina Solar gained 2% to $9.05, and JA Solar gained 2% to $8.
10:00 EDTTSLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Capital Bank (CBF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Centrica PLC (CPYYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Chico's FAS (CHS) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Coherent (COHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Farmers National Banc (FMNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Foot Locker (FL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Ascendiant... JA Solar (JASO) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... K12 (LRN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PolyOne (POL) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... SolarWinds (SWI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA... Tempur Sealy (TPX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Textron (TXT) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Trina Solar (TSL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird.
09:01 EDTTSLRBC Capital upgraded Trina Solar on growth drivers, balance sheet
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Trina Solar to Outperform from Sector Perform. The firm thinks the company has diversified growth drivers and a strong balance sheet. RBC Capital believes that the strong balance sheet will help the company expand its capacity. Target to $13 from $12.
06:06 EDTTSLTrina Solar upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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January 26, 2015
11:50 EDTJKSSolar names rise after Obama pledges U.S. help for Indian solar push
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10:28 EDTJKSIndia's Mahnidra to add 500 MW of solar energy, Reuters says
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06:48 EDTTSL, YGETax credit, loan guarantee changes could hurt solar energy, NY Times says
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January 22, 2015
06:14 EDTTSLTrina Solar comments on ITC determination in antidumping duty investigation
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