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A slowdown is expected following record 1st quarter

Despite reporting a record performance for the first quarter, installing 3.62 gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity, the near-term future of the American solar industry is uncertain due to headwinds related to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie, a global research and consultancy group, reported on Thursday that while the first quarter of 2020 was “largely unaffected by the pandemic,” they expect a slowdown to begin in the second quarter as the Covid-19 virus and subsequent lockdown has resulted in “72,000 Americans out of a job” in that field that are needed to maintain existing and install

333 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2020-06-11 16:12
The stock fell more than 5.4%

Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ) posted impressive earnings results after it beat analysts' expectations for revenue and earnings for the third time in four quarters. The company announced its fiscal first-quarter results before the market opened on Thursday.

The company’s share price pulled back more than 5.4% after Dr. Shawn Qu, the chairman and CEO, issued a cautious statement about the outlook for the second half of the year amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“While COVID-19's impact on the demand for our products and services was limited in the first quarter, we

111 Views    Nicholas Kitonyi    2020-05-28 21:28
Lower cost of producing solar power, improved storage capabilities and investments in technological improvements

Advancements in solar energy over the past few years have resulted in it becoming a highly feasible source of energy for many commercial as well as residential applications. The progress in this sector has been truly remarkable, and many listed players such as SolarEdge (SEDG) have already seen their stock price multiply in the past three years.

Given the strong macro environment, it could be hard for investors to find a promising growth stock that is not trading at sky-high valuations. However, one such company within this space that has gone through a transition phase and is trading at surprisingly

327 Views    Ishan Majumdar    2020-04-29 14:45
As clean energy becomes more profitable, these stocks have become popular among gurus

Energy market share outlook

Over the past 52 weeks as of March 17, the S&P 500 has returned 10.71%. Over the same period, the iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index Fund (ICLN) exchange-traded fund is down 5.47% compared to the SPDR Select Sector Fund - Energy Select Sector (XLE) ETF’s -47.75%.


No sector has been immune from the recent stock market crash, and the energy sector has received one of the heavies blows. With growth in global oil demand expected to continue its decline to 1.2 million barrels per day in 2020, top oil-producing

434 Views    Margaret Moran    2020-03-17 22:17
Trump reverses decision regarding tariffs on bifacial solar panels

In light of President Trump’s announcement of tariffs on bifacial solar panels, two solar companies that have outperformed the Standard & Poor’s benchmark over the past six months and have the financial strength to weather additional headwinds stemming from the U.S.-China trade war are First Solar Inc. (FSLR) and SolarEdge Technologies Inc. (SEDG).

Dow trades slightly lower as investors await U.S.-China trade talks

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 26,477.61 on Monday, down 96.11 points from last Friday’s close of 26,573.72. Investors looked ahead to the next round of trade talks between the U.S. and China, which are scheduled

286 Views    James Li    2019-10-07 20:54
Alternative energy continues to see demand in growth. Which stocks will take the lead in the industry?

Renewable energy is a topic that makes headlines regularly. With experts pointing to climate change and other environmental damage done by our carbon footprint, consumers, corporations and governments alike are making a push to renewable energy.

In fact, Japan recently announced plans to make the 2020 olympics eco-friendly by powering the event with 100% renewable energy. As the global shift to green energy continues, strong investment opportunities are being created. Here are what I believe to be the top renewable energy stocks to watch for long-term growth.

SunPower (SPWR): Continued gains likely ahead!

SunPower is arguably the

450 Views    Joshua Rodriguez    2019-07-10 15:32
The Dow will continue to fall; the value of solar energy will continue to rise

Christmas came in mid-summer for solar developers as the Internal Revenue Service extended tax credits for solar projects started by the end of 2019 and completed by 2023. Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is the largest solar power company by revenue and the best value in the solar market.

To date, Canadian Solar has shipped over 27 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic (PV) modules since it started 17 years ago, and currently has a project pipeline of more than 11.1 GW.

While the majority of its $4.1 billion in sales comes from Canada, the company has a number of U.S., projects including the

154 Views    Jonathan Poland    2018-10-12 14:28
Guru’s top buys include an ETF

Wedgewood Partners’ David Rolfe (Trades, Portfolio) disclosed he established two positions and exited two others when he released his second-quarter portfolio last week.

As Wedgewood’s chief investment officer, Rolfe invests in only a handful of undervalued companies that have a dominant product or service, have consistent earnings, revenue and dividend growth, are highly profitable and have strong management teams. The St. Louis-based firm approaches a potential investment with the mindset of a business owner.

During the quarter, the guru initiated positions in The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) and the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active Exchange-Traded Fund (MINT). He

167 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2018-08-20 21:16
Electronic Arts, First Solar and Intel Corporation down on corporate earnings

Shares of Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) fell after the company reported first quarter earnings per share of 95 cents on revenue of $749 million, a 3.4% year-over-year decline. The company beat earnings estimates by 22 cents and revenue estimations by $6.58 million.

Digital net bookings for the trailing 12 months were $3.55 billion, up 13% year-over-year and representing 69% of total net bookings.

The company had net cash provided by operating activities of $120 million for the quarter and $1.636 billion for the trailing 12 months. Further, it repurchased 2.3 million shares for $300 million and 6.2 million shares

46 Views    Omar Venerio    2018-07-27 15:36
The solar panel manufacturer is up nearly 80% year to date

First Solar Inc. (FSLR) was badly hurt in 2016, but the stock has displayed stunning performance this year. The solar panel manufacturer is up more than 90% year to date. The stock performed in a way not seen for a very long time in the solar industry.

The solar panel manufacturer reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.95, surpassing the analysts' estimates by a wide margin. The company’s pretax restructuring and asset impairment charges were just $1 million, significantly lower compared to the prior-year quarter. As a result, the company was able to deliver robust earnings growth.

Revenue came in

219 Views    Harsh Jain    2017-11-15 21:07
We have our second forum winner

We are pleased to announce that GuruFocus user Norvas gets a free copy of “Invest Like a Guru” for producing the Forum’s top post in October.

This post addressed a key macroeconomic question that we may need to ask ourselves in the upcoming months:

Should we keep the business or close the shop during a recession?

Winner prefers investing in energy companies

Our winner said he has good knowledge of the renewable energy industry, which includes companies like First Solar Inc. (FSLR), Brookfield Renewable Partners LP (BEP), Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (BAM), NRG Energy Inc. (NRG)

635 Views    James Li    2017-11-07 22:12
Stocks move higher in Friday's pre-market trading

Wall Street is trading in red after the Federal Reserve kept rates intact at 1% and 1.25%. A rate hike is expected at the end of the year and three more next year. It is also expected to start the process of selling bonds for the month of September.

Despite the fall of the indices, there are stocks that rose in morning trading. First Solar Inc.'s (FSLR) shares were up more than 10% in pre-market trading as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. EPS of 64 cents beat estimates by 60 cents while revenue of $623 million

70 Views    Omar Venerio    2017-07-28 15:43
DDR Corp, Macerich Co, First Solar Inc., and Compass Minerals International Inc. have reached their respective three-year lows.

DDR Corp (DDR), Macerich Co (MAC), First Solar Inc. (FSLR), and Compass Minerals International Inc. (CMP) have reached their three-year lows.

DDR Corp (DDR) Reached $12.53

The prices of DDR Corp (DDR) shares have declined to $12.53, which is only 1.3% above the 3-year low of $12.37.

DDR Corp is an American real estate investment trust company that owns and manages value-oriented open air retail shopping centers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Tenants include Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, PetSmart, and Michaels. It operates in 40 continental U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

DDR Corp has a market cap of $4.59 billion;

186 Views    Shuda Xia    2017-04-02 14:01
Greenblatt and Goldstein offer a compelling alternative in index investing

In an article I wrote for our subscribers over the weekend, I noted that toward the end of a bull cycle, the market still goes up but many, ultimately giving way to most, stocks do not. That conundrum is explained because it is mostly the large-cap names always in the news (which have already moved up significantly) that see the greatest inflows. This is the phase in which previously skeptical or on-the-sidelines investors see nothing but great reports, earnings beats and, of course, Wall Street projections that say not only is the bull not fading, the next bull cycle is

260 Views    Joseph L Shaefer    2017-03-21 19:00
Revised guidelines have led to some changes in the benchmark

Following significant gains for U.S. stocks over the past several months, the Standard & Poor's Dow Jones Indices announced updated market cap guidelines for its U.S. indices on March 10.

In order to ensure the benchmarks accurately reflect the current state of the marketplace, the index provider periodically adjusts its criteria. According to the Wall Street Journal, there have been eight of these adjustments over the last decade. The most recent change was in the summer of 2014.

David M. Blitzer, the managing director and chairman of the index committee, said the figures refer to total market value.


1275 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2017-03-14 16:13
With Elon Musk and Warren Buffett both going big, it's time to take a deeper look

With President Trump placing Rex Tillerson as secretary of State and reviving the Dakota Access Pipeline, he seems pro coal, oil and natural gas - what I call dirty energy. Even with the environmentally conscious Elon Musk as an adviser, the president will likely continue to push the oil and gas industry’s agenda. I think this will actually work in the favor of solar over the long term, as no one will stop the expansion of the industry.

Global estimates are that grid-connected solar installations grew 50% last year. The U.S. installed 4,143 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells in

499 Views    Jonathan Poland    2017-01-28 19:40
The end of 2016 has not provided a ton of value, but these 4 stocks stand out

If you are like me, mid-30s, born and raised in America, you are shocked that it is almost 2017. I mean, where are our jetpacks? As we close out the year, I believe we are headed for a period of low taxation and solid business results that may not translate into growth for investors.

On the last trading day of the year, I wanted to find some value in the market going into 2017. My screening approach was simply to find stocks that have solid profit margins, low earnings multiples and are trading down on the year. Here is what

722 Views    Jonathan Poland    2016-12-30 19:31
Company's strong balance sheet makes it a long-term pick

Presently, the market appears to be timid of the imminent prospects of the solar industry as well as alternative energy. However, First Solar (FSLR) is one of the top-quality stocks in the solar space. Regardless of all the issues, the company has always paid attention to its bottom line. Meanwhile, many other players are struggling to survive in the fluctuating solar industry.

Throughout the past six quarters, the company has proficiently managed to exceed analyst estimates by a wide margin in terms of earnings. In the most recent quarter, the company shared robust earnings per share of $1.22, surpassing the

506 Views    Harsh Jain    2016-12-16 17:33
Clean energy sector will be pressured after a regime change

The clean energy contrarian trade is coming. Coal, natural gas and crude oil producers are gaining traction relative to their competitors within the renewable space.

Compare three ETFs: iShares Global Clean Energy ETF (ICLN), VanECK Vectors Coal ETF (KOL) and the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP).

Figure 1 Data shown is from Yahoo Finance. Daily closing prices are used for each fund.

There are four inflection points to note within the chart: 2008, 2011, 2014 and January of 2016. Since the start of 2016, traditional energy producers have gained ground relative

334 Views    Logan Burgess    2016-12-08 15:37
'Unfortunately, Greek investors are mainly using trading and do not trust to buy and hold'

1. How and why did you get started investing? What is your background?

As a kid, I liked reading a lot and I used to admire progress and dream about it. I used to read a Greek weekly magazine about the economy. Investing, in a more general context, sounded very interesting to me, as it works like an automation. You plant a tree at present and the tree gives you fruit in the future. You get more than you sacrifice. When I first read about Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and his approach to stocks, I loved

1380 Views    PJ Pahygiannis    2016-12-05 20:26

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