Canadian Solar, Inc.

  • Should You Act On These 3 Controversial Upgrades?

    By Brian Nichols - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, FB, PCLN

    It’s never wise to buy on the recommendation of one analyst alone, but you can use the reasons for the call to help make a more informed investment decision. With that said, there were some controversial calls on Monday, but are these analysts right, or does the call create a trap for retail investors?

    The upgrades continue to pour in

    Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) is no stranger to high-profile upgrades more »

  • Which Solar Stock Can Best Drive Your Profits?

    By Marina Avilkina - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, STP, TSL

    Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ), Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) and Suntech Power Holdings (NYSE: STP) are suffering from the torrid supply-demand conditions prevalent in the solar energy market these days. In this article, I aim to deliver a clearer picture on where these solar energy companies stand. This will make a largely statistical case for which stock is the best bet for your profits.

    Business updates

    Canadian Solar has managed more »

  • How Sustainable is Solar Energy’s Rally?

    By Chris Lau - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, JASO, TSL, YGE

    The rise and swoons in solar energy stocks over the last few years suggest the sector is purely speculative. Excess capacity undermines the fundamentals for firms, supporting the case that gains made in 2013 are short-lived. The timing is right to ask if the solar energy has its mojo back, rewarding patient investors with more gains.

    Solar Sector’s Background in a Nutshelff

    Shortly after the financial crisis, governments encouraged more »

  • Pop Goes the Sound of This Micro-Cap Portfolio

    By Jeff Stouffer - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, OSTK, PZI

    Some of the most spectacular stock returns can be found in the micro-cap space. Stocks that have a market capitalization of between $50 million and $250 million are considered to fall into this category. Recent market action in the PowerShares Zacks Micro Cap (NYSEMKT: PZI) ETF has been significant enough that three of the top four holdings have graduated to the next level. This ETF, which holds 400 stocks, was more »

  • Why First Solar Could Merit Investment Opportunity Of The Year

    By Alexander Cho - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, JKS, LDK, SPWR, TSL, YGE

    First Solar recent earnings announcement turned a lot of heads as analysts were quite thrilled and surprised with the results. The company’s results were enough to cause the price of the stock to soar by 33% last Tuesday. More important than just the earnings were the extremely strong guidance that was provided by First Solar. On Wall Street, guidance is literally the most significant forward indicator. Analysts use guidance more »

  • Are You Ready for Solar's Growth?

    By Joshua Bondy - March 7, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, SPWR, YGE

    The war between the believers and the naysayers continues. Some view solar as the crazy idea of a few environmentally charged bureaucrats, searching for draconian control markets through tariffs and rebates. Others view solar as the best thing since sliced bread. In the midst of all of the rhetoric, solar continues to come out of its slump. 

    Why is solar looking up?

    Deustche Bank recently put out a report with more »

  • EROI; The Metric Energy Investors Need to Understand

    By Joshua Bondy - February 22, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, SPWR

    Energy returned on energy invested (EROI) is slowly starting to make its way into main stream discussion, but it is not commonly heard on the lips of investors. Long term investors who want to understand the evolution of the world's energy system and profit from it will find EROI as a critical tool. The solar industry has a positive long term outlook given simple physics, its EROI, and the more »

  • Green Tech Funding Dries Up

    By Bill Edson - February 4, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, SCTY, SPWR

    Government and venture capital interest in alternative energy is declining. In response, some solar companies are changing their business models, moving up the value chain from photovoltaic cell manufacturers, to installers, to energy companies. Some are even repositioning themselves as electric power utilities. This may seem like a refreshing change, but investors should require higher rates of return (deeper discounts) for new business ventures to compensate investors for higher risks more »

  • Solar's Growth and Challenges in Latin America

    By Joshua Bondy - January 25, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, SPWR, TSL

    The world's core countries are experiencing many challenges while many parts of Latin America are plowing ahead. Solar continues to come down in cost and the growth of unsubsidized solar in Europe appears to be right around the corner. Latin America does not get a great amount of attention due to its relatively small market and lack of purchasing power. Regardless, Central and South America should be ignored. Chile more »

  • Solar Stocks Pioneer New Business Models

    By Bill Edson - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, JPM, SPWR

    New business ventures require high rates of return to compensate investors for their high risk. Companies that change their business models must also compensate investors for joining them as they trek into new territory.

    Many solar companies are changing their business models from manufacturing for home and business installations to launching solar power plants. Some are even repositioning themselves as electric power utility companies.

    We will consider which solar stocks more »

  • Solar - Worth the Risk?

    By Bill Edson - January 6, 2013 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, JPM, TSL

    Solar companies have significant problems, which explains their low valuations. Their dependence on government funding, either through large government projects or through government-subsidized private investment, is precarious in an era of austerity. Good intentions are often abandoned in emergency situations, so renewable energy spending gets scaled back when the going gets tough.

    Many solar companies will end up pioneering new business models or liquidating. We will consider which, if any more »

  • Mounting Economic Pressure Weighs Heavily on Solar Companies

    By Bill Edson - December 26, 2012 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, STP, TSL | Editor's Choice

    Solar companies are on sale for a reason. Yes, they are trading at cheap valuations. However, they are really risky companies. Their dependence on government funding, either through large government projects or through government-subsidized private investment, is very dangerous in an era of austerity. Regardless of good intentions, spending on renewable energy gets cut when the going gets tough.

    Low Valuations

    Clearly, solar companies are trading at low price multiples more »

  • Watch Sunpower as Solar Continues to Grow

    By Joshua Bondy - November 19, 2012 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, SPWR, YGE

    Like any new technology with big promises, solar energy is easy to criticize. Many have pointed out that grid parity seems to get pushed further out every year. Those with a flat world view can easily forget that geography plays a big role in solar installations. Arguing for a new utility scale solar installation in the middle of Ohio is not an easy sell. With coal and natural gas close more »

  • Siemens: Big Value in Big Technology

    By Maxwell Fisher - November 15, 2012 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, GE, SI

    Is Siemens (NYSE: SI) increasing its value, or starting a downhill slide? The German technology giant is making some huge cuts and selling off unprofitable divisions in an attempt to retain value. Among other things, Siemens is making job cuts and other cuts that are supposed to amount to $7.7 million in savings, and pulling out of questionable areas like solar power and water purification.

    The idea behind these more »

  • The Solar Industry is Setting Itself up for a Rebound

    By Joshua Bondy - November 5, 2012 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, SPWR, TSL, YGE

    Investing is a precarious venture. Investors look at yesterday to try and predict an uncertain tomorrow. The solar market has seen volatility and upheaval in the past years as many firms have gone bankrupt, Germany reduced subsidies, and the recent imposition of U.S. tariffs on Chinese panels. At the core of the upheaval is a supply demand imbalance worsened through a decrease in demand. Looking at the latest industry more »

  • The Middle East's Solar Growth Potential

    By Joshua Bondy - October 17, 2012 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, SPWR, TSL

    Investing in solar is not a simple venture. As others have pointed out grid parity predictions can be overly optimistic. Still, there are a number of areas of long term growth where the conditions are ripe for investment. The Middle East has a number of factors which make renewable energy a very attractive option. 

    The Positive Factors 

    • Oil exporters have a large amount of capital from their retained profits in more »
  • Chile Will Provide Growth for the Solar Industry

    By Joshua Bondy - October 9, 2012 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, SPWR, YGE

    Changes in China and the removal of some German subsides has created major challenges for the solar industry. Yet, solar power's coming of age points to sustained growth in Chile, which will enable greater energy security and growth. The Chilean government is not bullish on solar energy to the same degree that the Chinese government was in the 2000s. Nevertheless, the government-owned Fundacion Chile is already involved in the more »

  • Prepping for Grid Parity

    By Joshua Bondy - September 3, 2012 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, GTAT, SPWR, TSL

    The solar energy market has posted very strong growth by leaps and bounds over the past decade. As competition and Chinese support continues to drive prices down grid parity will be reached quickly as shown in this interactive map. There are a number of ways which one can profit from solar energy and the unique geopolitical make up means that there is an interesting set of risks. The local and more »

  • Canadian Solar Will Follow Industry Recovery

    By Peter Pham - August 28, 2012 | Tickers: CSIQ, FSLR, SPY, STP, TSL

    One of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers, Ontario based Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) released Q2 2012 results on August 15th. Its revenues increased slightly by 6.9% from the previous quarter to $348.2 million but declined 27.7% from Q2 2011. In the past year, Canadian Solar’s shares have fallen 50.3%, compared to the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEMKT: SPY) which is up more »

  • Bite-Sized Solyndra: The Amonix Shutdown

    By Evan Buck - July 23, 2012 | Tickers: CSIQ, ECTYQ, FSLR, LDK

    Amonix, a solar manufacturing company based in Seal Beach, California, has just shut its doors for the 214,000 square-foot facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada, a year after it opened. Amonix was heavily subsidized by the federal government, with more than $20 million in total in federal tax credits and grants. Amonix was highly praised and extolled by several Republican and Democratic politicians, including Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R), and U.S. Representative Shelley Berkley (D-NV), among others.

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