Wed, Apr. 22, 3:18 PM
- Today's notable tech gainers include mobile game developer Glu Mobile (GLUU +8.2%), Chinese mobile app developer Cheetah Mobile (CMCM +8.1%), pico projector module developer MicroVision (MVIS +7.6%), Chinese analog/mixed-signal chipmaker Vimicro (VIMC +11.5%), IT services firm WidePoint (WYY +6.2%), mobile ad network owner Millennial Media (MM +5.6%), data discovery software vendor Datawatch (DWCH +15.7%), and RF backhaul hardware vendor Ceragon (CRNT +11.3%). The Nasdaq is up 0.4%.
- Notable decliners include Chinese solar module vendor/project developer Yingli (YGE -5.1%) and U.S. solar installer Solar Power, Inc. (OTCQB:SOPW -5.1%). Most solar peers are higher.
- Cheetah Mobile and Vimicro have joined several other Chinese tech firms in surging following an overnight rally in Shanghai. Glu's gains come ahead of the company's April 29 Q1 report. Datawatch's gains come after the company posted nearly in-line FQ2 results and stated has laid off almost 15% of its workforce; shares had tumbled in January thanks to an FQ1 warning.
- Previously covered: SolarCity, ASML, Cree, Broadcom, Angie's List, Yelp, Adtran, Novatel, SuperCom, Tremor Video, Dolby, Procera, Castlight, Zhone, CalAmp
Mon, Apr. 20, 12:48 PM
- China connected 5.04GW of solar capacity (nearly equal to France's) in Q1, the National Energy Administration reports. The figure brings China's cumulative installations to 33GW, and suggests the country is on its way to hitting a full-year target of 17.8GW.
- Utility-scale projects accounted for 4.38GW of the installations, and 1.1GW of capacity was installed in northwestern Xinjiang province. The fact China isn't setting specific 2015 targets for utility and distributed installations (not the case in 2014) has widely been expected to make the full-year target easier to hit.
- Chinese solar firms are delivering a mixed performance following the announcement. ReneSola (SOL +5.6%), JinkoSolar (JKS +2.9%), and Trina (TSL +2.4%) are outperforming (the Nasdaq is up 1.2%), Canadian Solar (CSIQ +1.2% - has healthy Chinese exposure) and JA Solar (JASO +1%) are up moderately, and Yingli (YGE -1.5%) and Daqo (DQ -5.2%) are lower.
- Yingli announced this morning it's developing a 50MW solar plant in China's Hebei province, and has received RMB300M ($48M) in financing for it. Construction and grid interconnection is expected to be finished by the end of May.
- A week ago: Chinese solars up strongly after Shanghai rallies, RBC makes bull case
Fri, Apr. 17, 3:07 PM
- With the Nasdaq off 1.7% amid a broader market selloff, many tech companies are posting outsized losses, and only a few (excluding microcaps) are posting 2%+ gains.
- Notable decliners include Russian online payments leader Qiwi (QIWI -7.8%), Chinese solar firms JinkoSolar (JKS -5.3%), ReneSola (SOL -8.4%), Trina (TSL -5.1%), and Yingli (YGE -5.2%), Chinese online real estate play Leju (LEJU -7.8%), analog/mixed-signal chipmakers ON Semi (ONNN -5.3%) and InPhi (IPHI -4.7%), enterprise flash storage vendor Violin Memory (VMEM -5.2%), online travel deals platform Travelzoo (TZOO -6.4%), and smart grid hardware/software vendor Silver Spring (SSNI -4.6%).
- Profit-taking appears to be a big culprit in many instances. Qiwi (like other Russian firms) had rallied strongly in recent weeks thanks to the ruble and oil's rallies. Chinese solars have also been early-2015 standouts, and so have ON Semi and Silver Spring; the latter has recently announced deals (I, II) with Paris' street light/traffic control operator and Australian energy firm AusNet. Travelzoo is returning a chunk of yesterday's big post-earnings gains.
- Previously covered: AMD, ServiceNow, cloud/analytics stocks, Etsy, Wayfair
- Notable gainers: Seagate, 58.com, ZBB Energy
Mon, Apr. 13, 12:17 PM
- Chinese solar stocks are among today's standouts after Shanghai rose 2.2% and Hong Kong rose 2.7% overnight, continuing recent rallies. U.S. solar firms are largely missing out on the fun.
- ReneSola (SOL +13%) is today's biggest gainer. Yingli (YGE +6.2%), JA Solar (JASO +3.2%), Trina (TSL +3.4%), Daqo (DQ +2.7%), and China Sunergy (CSUN +5.6%) are also faring well, as is China-exposed Canadian Solar (CSIQ +2.4%).
- An upbeat RBC note could be helping the group: The firm notes there haven't been any Q1 warnings yet - Trina and Yingli warned a year ago - and that Beijing's 17.8GW 2015 installation target is generally seen as reasonable. It adds European and Japanese solar demand remains healthy, and thinks recent gross margin pressures will abate as ASPs stabilize and cost reductions continue.
- RBC sees Trina outperforming its peers "given its capacity expansion plan, strong balance sheet, and downstream business ramp." Earlier today, the company announced a deal to supply 116MW of modules for a 231MW Japanese project.
- Daqo is now up 11% since posting mixed Q4 results and offering an upbeat 2015 outlook on Friday morning.
- Update: Bernstein is also out with a bullish note: The firm expects the solar module market to continue consolidating, and for larger firms to take more share from smaller rivals.
Wed, Apr. 8, 10:04 AM
- BofA/Merrill has downgraded Trina (TSL -2.2%) to Neutral, and cut its target by $3 to $14. Yingli (YGE -1.6%) has been downgraded to Underperform, with its target cut by $2.20 to $1.60.
- BofA says it's becoming more cautious on solar module makers, and sees ASPs declining thanks to a mix shift towards China relative to the U.S. and Japan. Margins are expected to be pressured by both pricing headwinds and trade disputes. The firm prefers upstream solar firms (e.g. polysilicon makers) and downstream firms (project developers) over companies with strong mid-stream (module) exposure.
- Regarding Trina's downstream efforts, BofA argues most module makers have limited project experience. "Permitting, subsidy payments, and curtailment are the key challenges."
- Trina rose last month after providing strong 2015 guidance to go with a Q4 revenue beat. Yingli tumbled after missing Q4 estimates thanks to declining ASPs and forex, and is now less than $0.15 above a 52-week low of $1.75.
Wed, Apr. 1, 2:36 PM
- Though the Nasdaq is down 0.8% and the S&P 0.6%, solar stocks remain in rally mode. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN +1%) is now up 32% YTD, following a rough 2014.
- SunEdison (SUNE +3.8%) is among today's standouts; its TerraForm Power YieldCo announced this morning it's buying 521MW of wind projects from Atlantic Power for $350M. Trina is also faring well after announcing the sale of a 50MW U.K. solar plant.
- Other standouts include Chinese plays ReneSola (SOL +2.7%), Yingli (YGE +2.2%), JinkoSolar (JKS +5.2%), JA Solar (JASO +2.5%), and China Sunergy (CSUN +7.6%).
Mon, Mar. 30, 3:13 PM
- Today's notable tech gainers include industrial laser maker IPG Photonics (IPGP +4.3%), cloud classroom software provider 2U (TWOU +5.8%), California solar installer Solar3D (SLTD +10.3%), Korean analog/mixed-signal chipmaker MagnaChip (MX +6.8%), privileged account security software vendor CyberArk (CYBR +5.3%), haptic tech provider Immersion (IMMR +4.6%), and solar power optimizer maker/recent IPO SolarEdge (SEDG +4.8%). The Nasdaq is up 1.1%.
- There are relatively few major decliners. The group includes Chinese online video platform Youku (YOKU -4.5%), Chinese solar cell/module maker Yingli (YGE -5.6%), authentication hardware/software provider Vasco (VDSI -3%), and IP licensing firm Marathon Patent Group (MARA -8.8%).
- Solar3D is now up 97% from a March 18 close of $2.57. SolarEdge is up 23% from last week's $18 IPO price. Immersion might be getting a lift from a Barclays report stating Analog Devices will be supplying converter ICs to help enable haptics support on future iPhones/iPads.
- Youku has fallen to fresh 52-week lows, and is now down 18% since posting Q4 results and disclosing an SEC inquiry on March 19. Marathon is down 11% since reporting last Thursday.
- Previously covered: BlackBerry, Altera, Ambarella, OTI, Angie's List, You On Demand, 500.com, Chinese online real estate
Wed, Mar. 25, 9:41 AM
- Yingli (NYSE:YGE) is guiding for 2015 solar module shipments of 3.6GW-3.9GW, up a moderate 7.1%-16% Y/Y. 400MW-600MW are expected to go towards Yingli's downstream projects.
- In spite of the Q4 miss, the company managed to ship 939.2MW of solar modules (73.7MW for Yingli's downstream projects) in Q4, up from Q3's 903.4MW an topping guidance of 880MW-930MW. Japan (up nearly 3x Y/Y in 2014) and "new emerging markets" (up 90%) were strong points. China accounted for 37% of 2014 shipments.
- Gross margin was 16.8%, down from Q3's 20.9% and up from Q4 2013's 12.2%, and near the high end of a 15%-17% guidance range. ASP declines (also seen by peers) and the euro/yen's weakness affected margins, while cost improvements provided a boost. ASP and forex pressures, of course, also pressured Q4 revenue.
- Operating expenses fell to 22.6% of revenue from 28.2% a year ago. A $19M forex loss was taken, as was a $14.6M bad debt provision. The downstream project pipeline stands at 1.6GW.
- Yingli ended 2014 with $172.3M in cash, $214.7M in restricted cash, $1.57B in short-term borrowings, $276.1M in medium-term notes, and $460.7M in long-term debt. The company is "exploring various financing options, including utilizing credit facilities from local banks and other financial institutions, the renewal and rollover of short-term borrowings and other financing alternatives to support its medium-term notes payment obligations in 2015."
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Tue, Mar. 17, 11:02 AM
- Chinese solars, many of which remain sharply below their 52-week highs, are among the standouts on a morning in which the Nasdaq is off 0.2%.
- JinkoSolar (JKS +2.8%), which was down premarket following news of a fire at one of its plants, is among the gainers. As are JA Solar (JASO +3.3%), Daqo (DQ +5.3%), Yingli (YGE +7.1%), ReneSola (SOL +6.9%), Trina (TSL +5.6%), and China Sunergy (CSUN +2.1%). Canadian Solar (CSIQ +3.1%), which has extensive Chinese manufacturing ops, is also rallying.
- The gains come as WTI crude oil continues trading near $43/barrel. The Q4 results and full-year guidance provided by solar firms in February and March suggest oil (responsible for only a small % of global electricity output) isn't having a big near-term impact on solar investments.
Thu, Mar. 5, 11:13 AM
- Solar stocks are up sharply in early trading (TAN +3.9%) after Canadian Solar offered strong Q1/2015 guidance to go with more subdued Q4 results, and stated it's "planning to form a YieldCo vehicle." Vivint Solar's Q4 solar installation beat also might be helping.
- Aside from Canadian and Vivint, gainers include SunEdison (SUNE +2.1%), ReneSola (SOL +7%), Yingli (YGE +3.2%), Trina (TSL +4.7%), JinkoSolar (JKS +4.6%), Enphase (ENPH +6%), and China Sunergy (CSUN +15.7%).
- SunEdison has announced it's entering the solar/wind battery storage market by acquiring "the energy storage project origination team, project pipeline, and ... four operating storage projects" from private Solar Grid Storage. In addition to offering battery storage, SunEdison will integrate its Renewable Operation Center with Solar Grid's solar/battery control services.
- ReneSola and Trina moved higher yesterday following their Q4 reports (I, II). Many solar names rallied 9 days ago in response to First Solar and SunPower's YieldCo JV plans.
Tue, Mar. 3, 3:07 PM
- With the Nasdaq down 0.6%, the number of tech companies posting outsized declines easily surpasses the number posting significant gains.
- Chinese firms are well-represented on the ranks of notable decliners. In addition to Alibaba, the list includes CDN owner ChinaCache (CCIH -4.6%), mobile app developer Cheetah Mobile (CMCM -9.8%), solar module vendor Yingli (YGE -4%), polysilicon provider Daqo (DQ -5.1%), real estate sites SouFun (SFUN -4.5%) and Leju (LEJU -4.3%), and data center owner 21Vianet (VNET -2.9%).
- Other decliners include chip equipment giant Applied Materials (AMAT -4.2%), seismic tech provider Geospace (GEOS -4.9%), VoIP infrastructure hardware/software firm Sonus (SONS -4.7%), IT services firm WidePoint (WYY -3.7%), auto site TrueCar (TRUE -7.4%), and online grocery coupon provider Coupons.com (COUP -5.2%).
- SouFun fell hard yesterday following news 58.com is buying real estate site Anjuke. Many Chinese tech firms sold off last Friday as the yuan made 3-year lows against the dollar.
- Previously covered: Seagate/Western Digital, Micron, Overstock
- Notable gainers: Veeva, Gogo, Vringo, Finjan, Aviat
Tue, Feb. 24, 10:18 AM
- Beaten down over the last several months as oil and natural gas prices tumbled, solar stocks are rallying today (TAN +3.9%) after First Solar and SunPower announced they're in talks to form a solar project YieldCo, with plans to eventually do an IPO for it.
- The announcement comes less than a year after SunEdison (SUNE +1.5%) took its TerraForm Power (TERP +1.8%) solar project YieldCo public. Canadian Solar (CSIQ +8.1%), which has said it's looking to do a YieldCo at some point, is among today's biggest gainers (not counting First Solar/SunPower).
- Other standouts: SCTY +3.6%. JKS +6.2%. SOL +5.2%. TSL +4%. JASO +3.1%. YGE +4.3%. CSUN +4.5%. ENPH +2.4%.
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