Zoltek Companies, Inc.

  • Go Big With This Stock

    By Eric Novinson - June 7, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, HXL, BA, ZOLT

    Big airplanes and big wind turbines could both produce big profits for Hexcel (NYSE: HXL). This manufacturer looks like it's doing fine in both areas. In early June, Boeing (NYSE: BA) explained that its new, larger 787-9 model has entered the final assembly process. In May, Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-B) MidAmerican Energy announced a large wind turbine project in Iowa.


    The 787-9 could be very appealing for more »

  • Lighter Airplanes Are No Dream

    By Eric Novinson - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: HXL, BA, ZOLT | Editor's Choice

    Airplanes paid off for Hexcel (NYSE: HXL) this quarter. This company produces lightweight composite airplane parts for both Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Airbus. Hexcel makes composite helicopter blades and wind turbine blades as well. Hexcel's achieved solid results in the airplane business, and the company's composites and carbon fiber products could also find uses in other industries.

    Financial Results

    In general, the first quarter of 2013 went well more »

  • Zoltek Stumbles, Retains Long-Term Growth Drivers

    By Eric Novinson - February 18, 2013 | Tickers: GE, HXL, WWD, ZOLT

    Zoltek (NASDAQ: ZOLT) started off 2013 with a miss, but three of the reasons to buy this carbon fiber maker remain valid. The bull case for Zoltek depends on the carbon fiber market, the market for big windmills, and the production tax credit. Federal support for wind energy and renewables also helps Zoltek's prospects, although some representatives remain skeptical about subsidies for wind power. Wind power companies, including Zoltek more »

  • Notable Earnings Misses and Their Relevance

    By Shas Dey - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: BKH, TLAB, ZOLT

    Recently, I stumbled across three notable earnings misses – Tellabs (NASDAQ: TLAB), Zoltek (NASDAQ: ZOLT) and Black Hills (NYSE: BKH). I would not have noticed these companies because had they not been on my radar. All three are relatively smaller companies, market caps between $280 million and $1.78 billion, and belong to different industries. However, the earnings misses were not as much of a surprise as the performance of these more »

  • Zoltek Avoids The Fiscal Cliff

    By Eric Novinson - January 2, 2013 | Tickers: HXL, IXYS, WWD, ZOLT | Editor's Choice

    The fiscal cliff deal could have ended the wind energy production tax credit, so the deal had major implications for carbon fiber maker Zoltek, (NASDAQ: ZOLT) which makes fiber for large wind turbines. Bears argued that Congress would cut the credit, which would make large wind turbines more expensive. Michael Bastach, at the Daily Caller, reported that the Senate fiscal cliff bill kept the production tax credit in place for more »

  • The Only CAFE That Makes You Lose Weight

    By Maxxwell A.R. Chatsko - November 6, 2012 | Tickers: AA, F, GM, MGA, ZOLT | Editor's Choice

    In late August the White House and EPA announced that new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards had been finalized. The new laws will bind automakers to flaunt fleets with an average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025. The average for 2011 model years was just 28.6 mpg. In English: this will be no easy (or inexpensive) feat. 

    Yo car so fat it wishes it was made more »

  • Fools Versus The Short Sellers

    By Eric Novinson - October 11, 2012 | Tickers: CBZ, NPK, USTR, ZOLT | Editor's Choice

    If the Fools are right, and the short sellers are wrong, several stocks could skyrocket when the short sellers cover. Finding these contrarian picks just required a simple screen with two parameters: stocks with five star CAPS ratings, and stocks with over 30% of the float short. If this theory holds, all 16 stocks that this screen returned after the market closed on Oct. 9 could bring in strong gains more »

  • Forget Solar, Let's Talk about Wind!

    By Stephen Benz - May 10, 2012 | Tickers: AMSC, GE, KDN, SI, ZOLT | Editor's Choice

    I like to think I’m an investor with a conscience.  I’ll stay away from owning cigarette companies, even knowing that if I had invested in Altria Group back when I became old enough to buy their products I’d be a rich man. 

    Then there are companies I’d like to own because I want to be a part of achieving what I consider moral imperatives.  To this more »