LDK Solar Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Chinese solar-wafer maker LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK  ) sank 10% Friday after its current-quarter and full-year outlook disappointed investors.

So what: LDK's revenue guidance cut for the second quarter was so dramatic -- it now sees $480 million to $500 million versus the previous guidance of $710 million to $760 million -- that investors are going to have a tough time banking on management's future guidance. When you couple those credibility issues with the strong industry tailwinds also being felt by peers like JA Solar (Nasdaq: JASO  ) , today's drop seems justified.

Now what: I'd continue to keep my distance from LDK. Management also cut its full-year revenue outlook to about $2.6 billion from $3.6 billion, and with such a heavy debt load, investors are also worrying about the company's long-term viability. For investors who really want some solar exposure, the more financially sound and operationally healthy Yingli Energy (NYSE: YGE  ) seems like a better bet.

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  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2011, at 10:11 PM, webmind wrote:

    I thought LDK had an 8 billion dollar line of credit from a major state-owned Chinese bank that recently invest $240 million in the company?

    With this kind of backing from the Chinese government, what's not to like?

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