|Bid||51.60 x 2200|
|Ask||51.65 x 900|
|Day's Range||51.26 - 52.85|
|52 Week Range||35.55 - 81.72|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Major energy companies, including the largest U.S. nuclear power generator, are putting millions of dollars into a new political campaign to push for a tax on carbon dioxide emissions -- a measure President Donald Trump has said he opposes. Exelon Corp., is giving $1 million toward the cause, joining renewable power manufacturer First Solar Inc. and the American Wind Energy Association in helping underwrite the nonprofit organization. Some companies that back the underlying plan, including Exxon Mobil Corp., are considering donating to the new effort, according to people familiar with the campaign who asked not to be named to discuss fundraising efforts.
Analyst Michael Weinstein upgraded the shares to Neutral from Underperform today, and reiterated a $53 price target, arguing that the recent selloff has more than captured potential downside risk for the stock. Instead of being punished by the tariffs, First Solar "stands to benefit from tariffs on competing products." First Solar is up 0.4% to $52 in recent trading. Robert W. Baird was also optimistic about First Solar last week.
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Farhad “Fred” Ebrahimi, former head of software firm Quark, has said that 13 is his lucky number. Indeed, Ebrahimi disclosed that he and his wife Mary Wilkie Ebrahimi purchased an additional $85.2 million in First Solar (FSLR) stock over 13 days from April 7 through June 8. Possibly worse news: After the recent weakness in the shares, Goldman Sachs downgraded First Solar last week to Cautious from Neutral.
Alternative energy stocks First Solar Inc. ( FSLR) and SunPower Corp. ( SPWR) took a tumble last week on recent policy changes in China that have been viewed as a threat to solar energy demand and prices worldwide.
Solar stocks have taken a hit recently, hurt by regulatory changes in China that some fear may jeopardize demand and prices globally. Kallo named First Solar (FSLR) to the firm's Fresh Pick list on Monday, writing that the selloff was a 'knee-jerk negative reaction' to the news that China is changing its solar subsidy program, and that it doesn't account for the fact that First Solar's revenue visibility or its "substantial competitive advantage" over its peers. First Solar should continue to be at a significant cost advantage, even with best-in-class Chinese manufacturers, which could lead to upside to 2020 estimates, Kallo says.
First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) shares have made a steep, 22-percent slide since the start of the month as negative policy plays out in China. In spite of the foreseen decline in global solar demand, Baird ranked First Solar a “fresh pick” and tagged it “undervalued” relative to peers.
Solar stocks have crashed, and China is the reason. China, facing high costs in adapting to increased solar capacity, halted approval for new solar installations for the rest of 2018 and cut the feed-in tariff, a primary subsidy driving the business, by 50%. The move turned what had been a pretty good year for solar stocks into a horror show.
First Solar and two other solar stocks had their price targets lowered, as the industry has been rattled by China's unexpected move to slash incentives and subsidies.
Solar manufacturers are about to hit a rough patch as a new Chinese policy is poised to dent demand in the world's biggest market, Goldman Sachs says. The bank sees a oversupply ballooning this year, cutting the price of solar panels and modules for companies like JinkoSolar and First Solar. Solar power equipment makers are about to hit a rough patch, and it's time to sell many stocks in the space, according to Goldman Sachs.
In particular, the situation between the U.S. and China is getting more tense. For FSLR stock, Wall Street analysts have wasted little time in going negative. Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) lowered its rating on FSLR stock from “buy” to “neutral” and reduced the price target from $83 to $63.
As China chops its solar installation incentives, First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR)’s story is taking a turn for the worse. Vertical Group’s Gordon Johnson double downgraded the stock Thursday in light of both the Chinese policy decision and prior solar policy actions in Spain, Germany and Italy. China is temporarily cutting its utility scale incentive and indefinitely capping installations at 10 gigawatts — just half of the amount installed last year and representing about 54 percent of global solar installations.
Shares of First Solar (FSLR) are trading lower today after Goldman Sachs downgraded the shares. Lee lowered his rating on the industry to Cautious from Neutral today, to account for his "tactically more negative stance on component oversupply risks across the supply chain," especially in the second half of the year.
Not only did the policy reform result in a decline in solar stocks but also prompted analysts to reduce their projections for 2018 solar installations in China.
Apparently Trump, aided by advisors drawn from his immediate family, can carry on taking whatever trade steps he likes. The European Central Bank is increasingly hinting it plans to start tightening monetary policy soon, despite the recent slowdown in economic indicators there. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is looking to open about 57 points higher, while the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ Composite are about even.
China announced on June 1 changes to the subsidies that has underpinned its rise to become the world's largest solar market in recent years. IHS Markit, a market research firm, was preparing to lower its global solar installation forecast for this year by between 5 and 10 gigawatts, or up to 9 percent, analyst Camron Barati said.
China's unexpected move to slash incentives for solar power has sent stocks into a free fall and prompted analysts to lower forecasts for global installations this year amid expectations that a glut of excess panels would send prices tumbling. China announced on June 1 changes to the subsidies that has underpinned its rise to become the world's largest solar market in recent years. IHS Markit, a market research firm, was preparing to lower its global solar installation forecast for this year by between 5 and 10 gigawatts, or up to 9 percent, analyst Camron Barati said.
stocks are plummeting after downgrades from analysts. Both Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JMP Securities issued downgrades for the solar company citing the Chinese government's plans to halt solar programs. BofA Merrill Lynch moved First Solar to neutral from buy and cut the price target to $63 from $83.
President Donald Trump said imposing solar tariffs would help domestic companies. First Solar Inc. has lost almost a quarter of its market value in the past week. Slower demand in China will increase competition, exacerbate a panel glut and drag down prices.
First Solar Inc.'s stock tumbled 7.3% in morning trade Wednesday toward a 7 1/2-month low, after JMP Securities analyst Joseph Osha swung to bearish from bullish on the solar cells maker, citing concerns over policy changes in China. Osha cut his rating to market underpeform, after being at market outperform since May 2017. The stock has now plummeted 20% this month, as trade talks between the U.S. and China continued over the weekend amid threats of tariffs from both sides.
For best-in-breed First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) conditions off and on the chart are feeling the chill in the early dog days of summer. FSLR stock has moved from super-hot through the spring of 2018 to downright ice cold in early June, with shares tumbling nearly 14% in three sessions. Last week the Chinese government caught investors by surprise by reducing the number of utility-scale solar project permits it issues, as well as subsidies for utilities providing solar for their customers.
The company is expected to increase its total production capacity from levels of roughly 2 GW in 2017 to about 7.6 GW by 2020, driven by its expansions in Malaysia, Vietnam as well as its plans to add a new module manufacturing facility in the U.S., next to its operations in Ohio. First Solar currently enjoys a significant advantage over its silicon-based panel rivals in the United States, as its thin-film panels are exempt from the 30% tariff imposed on imported silicon solar panel. While there is a tariff exemption for 2.5 GW worth of silicon solar cell imports, it’s fair to assume that First Solar will increase its share of the U.S. market, which is expected to see total installations of 10 GW this year.