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Solar ETF Shines on Optimistic 2019 Outlook

This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.

Solar stocks and sector-related exchange traded fund popped Thursday as solar panel makers offered a brighter outlook for the year ahead.

The Invesco Solar ETF (TAN) rose 3.2% Thursday.

Leading the charge on Thursday, SMA Solar Technology shares jumped 14.4% after issuing an improved guidance for better financial results in 2019, following a loss and weaker sales over 2018, RenewablesNow reports.

“Due to the sudden downturn in the photovoltaic market in China, Chinese manufacturers have made increasing inroads into the international markets, creating massive price pressure. As a result, project developers and investors have postponed the construction of PV power plants in anticipation of a further fall in prices,” CEO Juergen Reinert said, adding that the limited availability of electronic components had impacted business in commercial PV systems, but that situation has since been resolved.

Looking ahead, the managing board expects sales of between EUR800 million and EUR880 million, bolstered by a projected positive developments in Europe and America, along with the revival of the storage market. In comparison, 2018 sales decreased to around EUR761 million, or $863m, from EUR891 million in the prior year.

Other solar makers and industry competitors also strengthened on the improved outlook. For example, First Solar (FSLR) rose 4.4% Thursday, SolarEdge Technologies added 5.8%, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings gained 6.0%, Meyer Burger Technology advanced 8.5% and JinkoSolar Holding (JKS) increased 7.9%.

However, Chinese solar panel makers continued to weaken, with China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings down 7.2% on Thursday, which suggested that trade talks and the rising competitiveness of other global players are weighing on the Chinese solar panel industry.

TAN includes a 9.7% position in First Solar, 7.5% in SolarEdge Technologies, 5.7% in GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, 4.9% in Meyer Burger Technology, 4.0% in JinkoSolar Holding and 3.5% in SMA Solar Technology.

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