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Sun Still Shines on Trina Solar (TSL)

February 17, 2009 | About:

In the news this morning, Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) announced that fourth quarter revenues would beat expectations.

It’s an unexpected bit of data when many were starting to count the solar sector out – and not for good reason. After our last energy crisis, many alternative energy producers, like solar, were simply forgotten about when gas prices came back down.

With the average price per gallon at around $1.96, who could blame them if they expected the same thing to happen? But the interesting thing is that it hasn’t.

Trinity Solar follows news from Suntech Power (NYSE: STP), the world’s largest solar module producer, that it expects production to increase – almost 60%. That’s quite the opposite of a drop-off.

Granted, there are just as many solar losers, as winners. Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) reported negative numbers along with a number of others, from Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), JA Solar Holdings (NASDAQ:JASO) and GT Solar International (NSOLR).

But the fact that we are seeing resilience form the solar sector and companies holding their own, means that this time around might be a little different than last. And that’s a good signal for us to keep our eyes on solar.

Because any strength in this market is impressive, regardless of where it is.

Investment U Team


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