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Feb
24

Chart Review: First Solar and SunPower Confirm Bearish Patterns

written by Dr. Duru

It only took a day or two for First Solar (FSLR) and SunPower Corporation (SPWR) to confirm the bearish pattern I pointed out after the recent post-earnings celebration for SPWR. The charts below show rapid follow-through from the big fades that followed huge up days in each stock. Source: FreeStockCharts.com Note well that the bears […]

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Dec
4

Using Debt-to-Equity Ratios to Identify Potential Survivors of the Solar Downturn

written by Dr. Duru

This is an excerpt from an article I originally published on Seeking Alpha on November 28, 2011. Click here to read the entire piece.) In “5 stocks for the solar surge“, Jim Jubiak at MSN Money lays out some interesting groundrules for taking advantage of the downturn in solar to buy companies on the cheap. […]

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Jul
12

Profiting from Physical Assets in a Resource-Constrained World – Rules and Picks (Part 2 of 2)

written by Dr. Duru

(This is an excerpt from an article I originally published on Seeking Alpha. Click here to read the entire piece.) {snip} This piece is a follow-up post to “Preparing for Profits in a Resource-Constrained World” (Part 1) in which I discussed the implications of Jeremy Grantham’s fundamental thesis of a new world where resources are […]

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May
23

Solar’s Debt-to-Equity Ratios Remain OK but Shorts Ramp as Disappointing Earnings Mount

written by Dr. Duru

(This is an excerpt from an EXTENSIVE article I published on Seeking Alpha. Click here to read the entire piece.) Just when you thought solar earnings could not disappoint the market any further…{snip}…LDK provided a pre-announcement that contained the news that the company canceled a debt offering because interest rates are higher than expected. This […]

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Nov
18

Solar Swings: Sept Soaring to Oct Peaking to Nov Selling

written by Dr. Duru

After the stock market’s sharp rally off the March, 2009 lows, most solar stocks stopped appreciating by that summer. For the remainder of the year, they experienced wild swings up and down in price in quick succession. In the summer of 2010, it appeared prospects had finally turned around for the better for solar stocks […]

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Oct
20

Trading Volume Soars for Solar Stocks But Leaves Prices Behind

written by Dr. Duru

Prices soared for solar stocks in September. In October, volume has soared…but prices have swung sharply downward after a very strong start to the month. In most cases, solar stocks have lost all their gains for the month and then some. This trading action is creating buying opportunities, especially where uptrends and/or critical technical support […]

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Oct
7

J.P. Morgan Expands Its Investment In Solar Energy

written by Dr. Duru

Today I learned for the first time that J.P. Morgan (JPM) has a sizeable portfolio of alternative energy investments. Through J.P. Morgan’s Energy Investments group the company has grown a 6 gigawatt portfolio over the last 7 years. This multi-billion dollar portfolio is co-owned with 13 energy firms and is mainly focused on wind energy. […]

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May
2

MEMC Experiences Volume Pressures In Solar, Sustainability Questioned

written by Dr. Duru

MEMC Electronic Materials (WFR) manufactures silicon wafer solutions for the semiconductor and solar industries. WFR fell 19% on Friday in response to earnings despite the company’s reassurances that it is on track to meet full-year guidance targets (click here for the transcript from Seeking Alpha): “In the first quarter, revenue was ahead of our internal […]

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Feb
12

Trading Range on Solar Stocks Looks Ready to Break Down

written by Dr. Duru

Nowhere is a destination for the average solar stock these days. For example, TAN, the Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy ETF, has been stuck in a trading range since May of last year. 16 months ago, TAN was selling at the current price of $8.33/share. This dramatic under-performance (for example, relative to the S&P 500) will […]

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Oct
29

Solar Stocks Break Down (Yet Again)

written by Dr. Duru

Speculative stocks typically get hit the hardest during corrections in the stock market, and solar stocks definitely qualify for a beating. In the past 4 days of selling, TAN, the Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy Index, is already down 10%. Solar stocks have been big laggards this year as TAN is now back to even on […]

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