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Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT)

  • Jul. 31, 2012, 1:03 PM
    More on the solar industry: Trina's warning and Suntech's fraud disclosure come as signs of ugly industry demand and pricing continue to pile up. The price of solar cells with a 17% conversion efficiency has fallen 6% just over the last week, to $0.42/watt. "Poor order controls" and a "sudden demand freeze" are blamed for the drop. Last week, it was reported Chinese firms are selling idle equipment in order to raise cash. Industry giant First Solar (FSLR +5.3%) is rallying ahead of tomorrow's Q2 report.
    | Jul. 31, 2012, 1:03 PM | Comment!
  • Jul. 31, 2012, 12:47 PM
    Trina Solar (TSL -9.3%) makes new lows after warning it expects Q2 module shipments of 390MW-420MW, below prior guidance of 500MW-520MW. Trina also expects to report a gross margin of just 7%-9% (still better than LDK Solar's negative margin), a $26M-$28M inventory write-down, a $45M-$48M receivables provision (many solar vendors have had collection issues), and a forex loss of $22M-$23M. Shares could also be affected by Suntech's problems.
    | Jul. 31, 2012, 12:47 PM | Comment!
  • Jul. 30, 2012, 10:12 AM
    Suntech (STP -13.4%) makes new all-time lows after stating it could be the victim of a massive fraud. Suntech was guaranteed €560 ($692M) worth of German government bonds by asset management firm GSF Capital as collateral for a €540M ($662M) investment in a fund that invested in private companies developing solar projects. However, the company now believes the bonds "may not have existed." YGE -11.2%. CSIQ -7.3%. JASO -7.2%. TSL -6.7% after warning.
    | Jul. 30, 2012, 10:12 AM | Comment!
  • Jul. 12, 2012, 6:39 PM
    Global clean energy investments totaled $59.6B in Q2, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance - up 24% Q/Q but down 18% Y/Y. Chinese investments soared 92% Q/Q, as the government does whatever it can to support the industry, while U.S. and Euro investments respectively rose 18% and 11%. Solar investments rose 19%, and wind investments 47%. The higher solar spending hasn't yet managed to create a bottom for struggling manufacturers, though some think one will soon arrive.
    | Jul. 12, 2012, 6:39 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jul. 12, 2012, 10:56 AM
    Piper is downgrading four solar names - LDK Solar (LDK -4.4%), Trina Solar (TSL -5%), Yingli (YGE -3.2%), and JA Solar (JASO -4.5%), while upgrading two others - Canadian Solar (CSIQ +1.4%) and SunPower (SPWR +0.2%). The downgrades relate to worries about pricing and margins, though LDK's high debt load is also discussed. The CSIQ and SPWR upgrades stem from optimism about the companies' project installation and U.S. residential ops, respectively.
    | Jul. 12, 2012, 10:56 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 11, 2012, 10:27 AM
    Canadian Solar (CSIQ +4.5%) says it will decide within months whether it will build a 700MW Chinese solar cell plant. CSIQ has a heavy debt load, and industry conditions makes this a less-than-ideal time for such an investment, but CSIQ is hoping the high efficiency of the cells it plans to produce will justify the outlay. Also, the Chinese government has been generous in supporting local manufacturers.
    | Jul. 11, 2012, 10:27 AM | Comment!
  • Jul. 5, 2012, 6:58 PM
    Chinese solar module firms are now reportedly willing to extend payment periods to 120-180 days, as they do whatever they can to reel in new business in the face of weak demand and (soon) U.S. tariffs. That's a good reason to keep an eye on the accounts receivable figures of Chinese solar vendors, who rallied on Tuesday after the Chinese government quadrupled its 2015 solar installation target.
    | Jul. 5, 2012, 6:58 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 3, 2012, 10:22 AM
    Some solar names are rallying after the Chinese government quadruples its 2015 domestic solar installation target to 21GW - its latest effort (previous) to prop up local vendors contending with oversupply, negative gross margins, weak Euro demand, and now anti-dumping tariffs. Remaining to be seen is how much the government will "encourage" local firms to consolidate. LDK +5.9%. STP +6.8%. FSLR +4.8%. CSIQ +4.7%. JASO +3.9%.
    | Jul. 3, 2012, 10:22 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 29, 2012, 12:13 PM
    After losing 75% of its value over the past year, the Market Vectors Solar ETF (KWT) will soar in price, but not value Monday morning when a 1-for-15 reverse split goes into effect. It joins the similarly deteriorated Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN) which underwent a 1-for-10 split earlier this year.
    | Jun. 29, 2012, 12:13 PM | Comment!
  • Jun. 26, 2012, 1:54 PM
    The solar-panel industry faces three more lean years as it works work off excess production capacity, a new report from consultancy GTM Research predicts. This year's capacity of 59 GW is almost double the 30 GW expected to be sold, while 21 GW is expected to be retired by 2015 as panel prices continue to slump.
    | Jun. 26, 2012, 1:54 PM | Comment!
  • Jun. 18, 2012, 4:08 PM
    Solar stocks finish higher (TAN +2.2%) on a good day for high-beta tech names. Helping their cause is the Japanese government's unveiling of a solar subsidy program that pays solar panel owners for electricity at a rate that's 3x the one charged for conventional power. Even if domestic suppliers take a large chunk of the resulting orders, the demand boost the program stands to provide could help stabilize diving solar cell and module prices.
    | Jun. 18, 2012, 4:08 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 18, 2012, 12:20 PM
    Solar power shares rise after Japan takes on the mantle of industry savior by approving a plan that could lead to at least $9.6B of new installations of solar cells. Power companies will be required to buy solar energy at Y42 per kilowatt hour ($0.53) for twenty years, or about double the tariff in Germany. FSLR +5.7%, SPWR +2.6%, STP +8.15%, DSTI +19.4%.
    | Jun. 18, 2012, 12:20 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 13, 2012, 4:28 PM
    Suntech Power (STP -2.9%), which is able to limit the impact of U.S. import tariffs on Chinese solar modules thanks to its domestic ops, says it raised prices by 1%-2% as many Chinese peer dropped out of the market. The company adds it expects its U.S. production costs to fall 10%-15% between now and the end of the year. While Euro solar demand has weakened, U.S. demand has remained strong, though that hasn't done much yet to create a bottom for plunging solar module prices.
    | Jun. 13, 2012, 4:28 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 13, 2012, 4:55 AM
    The U.S. market for solar panels is likely to double this year, according to a new study, spurred by falling prices and supportive government policies; 3,300 megawatts of solar panels are likely to be installed in 2012. However, new tariffs on panels imported from China could contribute to slower growth in 2013.
    | Jun. 13, 2012, 4:55 AM | Comment!
  • Jun. 6, 2012, 12:16 PM
    As investors pile into risk assets, First Solar (FSLR +7.7%) is leading a rally in solar stocks (TAN +3.4%). Shares had fallen 89% over the prior 12 months as of yesterday's close. The rally comes even as the head of a French trade association warns solar vendors hold a year's worth of inventory, raising the prospect of widespread bankruptcies and consolidation. He adds panel demand might grow 18% in 2012 to 32GW, growth that will be more than offset by price declines. (previous)
    | Jun. 6, 2012, 12:16 PM | Comment!
  • Jun. 1, 2012, 2:20 PM
    More bad news for Chinese solar firms who have just been hit with major U.S. tariffs. European banks, many of whom have troubles of their own, have reportedly started blacklisting Asian solar module vendors seeking funds from lending facilities, as have systems integrators. Weak Euro solar demand, macro troubles, and concerns about product quality are all said to be influencing the moves.
    | Jun. 1, 2012, 2:20 PM | Comment!
KWT Description
Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the Market Vectors Global Solar Energy Index (the “Index”).
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Sector: Technology
Country: United States
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