A123 Systems

  • Frankenstorms Could Have Silver Lining for the Advanced Storage Industry

    By Cory Renauer - November 1, 2012 | Tickers: AONEQ, ED, JCI, NU

    Increasingly frequent storms sound great!

    The DOE has estimated that over 8.2 million homes and businesses lost power after Hurricane Sandy. For a lucky few, diesel generators can keep refrigerators running and lights on until utility companies can make repairs. City dwellers aren’t as fortunate. Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED) warned New Yorkers that the majority of Manhattan neighborhoods that lost power due to Hurricane Sandy could be left more »

  • 'Get Your Motor Runnin'

    By Gerelyn Terzo - October 18, 2012 | Tickers: AONEQ, KMX, JCI

    Automobiles and car parts were one of the catalysts behind the 1.1% rise in Retail Sales in September. Indeed, thanks to some $75.5 billion in sales for autos and car parts last month, this category climbed 1.3% from the previous month, according to The Wall Street Journal. Consumer prices -- led by a 7% jump in gasoline costs alone -- also moved higher, which suggests that demand for cars more »

  • Discharged battery: A123 is out of juice

    By Mark Morelli - October 17, 2012 | Tickers: AONEQ, GM, JCI, TSLA

    "Another one bites the dust" was a No. 1 song by the British rock band Queen from the 1980 album The Game. I had a college professor tell me, with a smirk on his face, that he always played that song when he corrected student exams and homework assignments.

    It could also describe recent news as yet another company backed by the full faith and credit of the federal government more »

  • Battery Powered Stocks

    By Kevin Gill - August 10, 2012 | Tickers: AONEQ, ABAT.PK, ENS, XIDEQ, MXWL

    You're probably asking yourself: 'as opposed to stocks that need an electrical outlet?' In all seriousness, companies in the battery business have a strong outlook. New types of batteries for alternative energy items, especially cars, are increasing in need. These companies span the globe, and some are diverse while others have a laser-like focus. A wisely constructed combination of battery stocks makes for a smart portfolio addition.

    For a more »

  • Value Investing at...the Olympics?

    By John Bromels - August 6, 2012 | Tickers: AONEQ, AFL, AAPL, CMG, KO, DAR, XOM, NBG, SBUX

    Like David Gardner, I'm a fan of games of all kinds.  And so, every two years, I run a Fantasy Olympics pool at work.  Each player picks five countries, which are handicapped based on their performance at the previous (summer or winter) Games.  Best performance wins.  As I was contemplating my team for this year's Summer games, I was struck with how much it reminded me of stock-picking more »

  • Piles of Garbage for this Green Company

    By Matthew Luke - June 26, 2012 | Tickers: AONEQ, AA, WM

    On the surface it might seem downright silly to claim that a company like Waste Management (NYSE: WM) is a green company. They make their money hauling away other people’s garbage, after all. But if you look beyond the surface of hauling away all manner of smelly garbage, you will see that Waste Management is a bona fide green company.

    Aluminum Recycling

    Exhibit A in case the Waste Management more »

  • Ways to Play an Electric Car Future

    By Matthew Luke - June 25, 2012 | Tickers: AONEQ, AVAV, GE, NRG, TSLA

    Despite what adherents of any particular car technology would have you believe, the future of the car is still an unknown. Gas, hybrid, electric, hydrogen, natural gas, biofuel or possible some currently unknown technology -- it is difficult to see which direction the auto industry will turn. With that said, let’s take a look at one possible future. If current prognosticators are correct about an electric car future, where do more »

  • Green Energy, Red Ink, Black Humor

    By Max Borders - June 22, 2012 | Tickers: AONEQ, FSLR, GE, JCI, SPWR | Editor's Choice

    I don’t care how environmentally conscious you are. At some point the numbers don’t lie. If you’re investment strategy is based in wishful thinking and pegging your hope of returns on crony capitalism and subsidies, you should expect to lose money. Green energy is a sinking ship and it’s time to find a lifeboat in some other sector.

    Take a look at this from Sterling Burnett more »

  • Electric Cars Disappoint, Despite Having Every Advantage

    By Jillian Melchior - June 19, 2012 | Tickers: AONEQ, GM, NSANY.PK, TSLA

    Electric vehicles continue to be a flashy part of automakers’ lineups. Given that taxpayers have invested more than $6.5 billion in this sector over the last five years, it’s at least viscerally rewarding to see products hitting the market. But there’s still plenty of reason for investors to be wary.

    Electric vehicle manufacturers have had almost every advantage they could dream of -- lavish loan guarantees, tax credits more »