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Why Vivint Solar's Shares Dropped 10.9% on Wednesday

By Travis Hoium – Jul 29, 2020 at 2:36PM

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An index change is sending this solar energy stock lower today.

What happened

Shares of Vivint Solar (VSLR) plunged as much as 10.9% in trading on Wednesday as its acquirer, Sunrun, dropped as much as 11%. Sunrun is exchanging 0.55 shares of its stock for each share of Vivint Solar, so it makes sense that the stocks are trading together. At 2:10 p.m. EDT, shares of Vivint Solar were down 10.4% on the day.

So what

Today's move isn't driven by any big change in operations but rather in the index that Sunrun trades in. It was announced yesterday that next week, Sunrun will join the S&P MidCap 400 index and exit the S&P SmallCap 600 index. This can lead to investors trading out of a stock if they're running an index fund or one of these indices is their benchmark.

Row of homes with solar energy panels on the roof.

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Vivint Solar is moving in lockstep with Sunrun's shares today. That's important to note because it means investors think it's highly likely that the merger will go through as planned.

Now what

I wouldn't read too much into the moves by Vivint Solar or Sunrun today. Nothing has changed about the long-term investment thesis for these companies, and their increased size after merging could make them a powerhouse renewable energy company. Today's move lower is just a blip in that long-term story.

Travis Hoium has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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