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Why Solar Stocks Took a Beating Today

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of solar stocks plunged today after Credit Suisse lowered its Chinese solar estimate. Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL  ) , Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ  ) , JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS  ) , and JA Solar (NASDAQ: JASO  ) all dropped more than 10% during trading in a widespread sell-off.

So what: The big news was three analysts at Credit Suisse lowering China's installation forecast to 11.5 GW from 12 GW. If that doesn't look like a big reduction, that's because it isn't. 11.5 GW would still be the second-largest amount of solar installed by any country -- ever -- followed by 12 GW in China last year. It's also a small dent in more than 50 GW of solar expected to be installed globally this year.  

Now what: China's solar industry is growing at such a fast pace that hiccups should be expected, and it's actually delays in permitting that Credit Suisse pointed to as the reason installations won't be lower. This may be true, but it doesn't overshadow the incredibly positive trends in solar in 2014. Installations are up 35% so far this year, and companies are already saying that margins are going to be higher than expected because demand is so strong. Today certainly isn't a reason to sell, especially on a non-consequential forecast from Wall Street.

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  • Report this Comment On April 28, 2014, at 9:11 PM, dsong wrote:

    Credit Sussie is spreading rumor again.

    In China's environmental situation, there is no way

    the government will slow the solar or clean energy installation.

    It is guarantee that the solar installation will beat forcast 14 2014.

    It is recommend to buy China solars now, especially for JASO.

    Jaso is the right solar to own:

    1. Jaso is the most undervalued solar which was reversal spilit 1:5 so its stock price is less than $2/share before the spilit.

    2. Jaso has the most efficient solar pannel > 20% in the world.

    3. Jaso raise the shipment and revenue, margin, profit recently

    4. Jaso expand its capacit to 2 G.

    All in all, jaso is the next star and may catch up with jks csiq spwr.

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Travis Hoium has been writing for since July 2010 and covers the solar industry, renewable energy, and gaming stocks among other things.

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