First Solar Shares up over 21%

Shares of First Solar Inc. (FSLR: Charts, News) the world's number two provider of solar cells, rose +2.62 per share, or +21.25 percent on Tuesday, after the company announced plans to ramp up its production at its plant in Germany, which was slated for closure in October of this year.

Furthermore, First Solar disclosed late Monday that it had signed contracts for the construction of two large utility projects for Australian energy provider AGL Energy. First Solar stock recently hit an all-time low price of $11.43 per share earlier this month. The company's stock has been steadily declining since early 2011 when it was trading over $150 per share. First Solar's stock price had approached $300 per share in mid 2009 after having its IPO at a price of $20 per share in 2006. Daily Chart
Tempe, Arizona based First Solar Inc. is considered the world's second largest producer of photovoltaic (PV) modules. The company, founded in 1990 uses cadmium telluride or CdTe as a semiconductor producing solar panels far more efficiently and at a lower cost than with crystalline silicon. Tuesday's strong upward move in the company's stock came after it announced it would increase production at its facility near the Polish border in Germany after disclosing in April it would be shutting the plant down in October. First Solar maintains it will still close the facility, but that it would ramp up production until October after which it would taper off until closing the plant at the end of the year. The plant, which employs about 1,200 people, will continue in operation due to increased demand for First Solar's products in Germany, which is the world's largest market for solar energy. In addition, First Solar operates a second plant in Frankfurt which has been operating at reduced hours since early this year and will also increase production. Furthermore, First Solar announced late Monday that it was selected to design, construct and maintain two utility scale solar photovoltaic power projects which would total 159 megawatts for Australian energy company, AGL Energy Limited. The project is part of Australia's Solar Flagships Program, a government project providing state and federal funding for Australia's commitment to investment in renewable energy generation. Other developments at First Solar include its partnering with Intermolecular IMI to develop methods for raising the efficiency of its solar panels. First Solar set a new world record in January, when its CdTe PV module reached a total area efficiency of 14.4 percent, which followed its CdTe solar cell efficiency of 17.3 percent. Cadmium telluride photovoltaic or CdTe consist of a technology for PV based on cadmium telluride thin film, which acts as a semiconductor absorbing sunlight and converting it into electricity. CdTe technology is a much cheaper solar cell production alternative than crystalline silicon. After several years of steep declines in the price of First Solar stock, the underlying fundamentals for the company appear to be improving. Whether recent developments will be enough to lift the stock's price to previous levels remains to be seen. Other News About FSLR First Solar up 21%, one day after Australia deal Marketwatch article on Australian contract awarded to FSLR First Solar: Better Than Peers Seeking Alpha article on FSLR's future prospects. Other Stocks in the News Dell unveils first dividend plan; shares jump Dell to pay out a 32 cent dividend. JPMorgan CEO Dimon to Apologize in Senate Testimony JPMorgan CEO expects to see a "solidly profitable" second quarter. Copyright 2012 by, Inc. InvestorGuide has no control over the sites we link to, is not affiliated with these sites, and cannot take responsibility for their quality or suitability. The news, analysis, commentary and profile information is not meant to be comprehensive, and the data provided is not guaranteed to be accurate. WebFinance Inc., the publisher of this newsletter, is not a registered investment advisor or a broker/dealer. This is not a stock recommendation newsletter but rather a source for investment ideas, and we encourage you to fully research any company before considering investing. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of nor are they endorsed by WebFinance Inc. No employee of WebFinance has owned or currently owns any shares in the company described above. The above is neither an offer nor solicitation to buy or sell any securities. The trading of securities may not be suitable for all potential readers of this newsletter, and the purchase of stocks mentioned in this newsletter may result in the loss of some or all of any investment made. We recommend that you consult a stockbroker or financial advisor before buying or selling securities or making investment decisions. We are not responsible for claims made by advertisers and sponsors. Anyone who makes decisions based on what they read here does so at their own risk and cannot hold WebFinance Inc. (DBA, Inc.) or its employees responsible.

Published on Jun 13, 2012
By Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk enjoyed a 12-year professional financial markets career incorporating extensive first hand futures and options experience obtained by trading in the stock, commodity and forex markets on U.S. exchanges. Since retiring as a full-time financial market professional, he has been actively trading stock, commodities, forex and options for his own account and managing funds for others, as well as writing financial market commentary and educational articles.

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