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SolarEdge Stock Jumps Despite Lukewarm Initiation

By Evan Niu, CFA - Mar 25, 2020 at 3:59PM

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Barclays started SolarEdge at the equivalent of neutral. Meanwhile, the broader market is soaring on stimulus hopes.

What happened

Shares of SolarEdge Technologies (SEDG -1.92%) have jumped today, up by 9% as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, despite Barclays initiating coverage on the stock with an equal weight rating (equivalent to neutral). The pop is more likely attributable to a broad market rally driven by continued hopes around a massive economic stimulus bill to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So what

The $2 trillion aid bill is moving through Congress following negotiations among lawmakers. They're scheduled to vote on the package today. Markets also skyrocketed yesterday on the same hopes.

Solar panels on a home

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Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Moses Sutton started off SolarEdge shares with a lukewarm rating and assigned a price target of $99. SolarEdge makes power inverters, which are necessary to convert sunlight into electricity, for solar photovoltaic systems.

Sutton recommends that investors consider rival Enphase Energy (ENPH 0.62%) instead, assigning an overweight rating (equivalent to a buy) on Enphase shares alongside a $67 price target. Enphase is growing faster and has a stronger balance sheet, according to the analyst.

Now what

The coronavirus outbreak has sparked fears that the global economy could dip into a recession, as businesses all around the world have been shuttered in an effort to contain the disease. Sutton believes that the leading companies within the solar power inverter industry -- SolarEdge and Enphase -- are better positioned to weather the macroeconomic downturn that COVID-19 will cause.

Evan Niu, CFA has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends SolarEdge Technologies. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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