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Why Fuel Cell Stocks Are Sinking Today

By Rich Smith – Jul 27, 2021 at 12:04PM

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Ballard Power looks like the best of a bad bunch.

What happened

Fuel cell stocks are having another bad day Tuesday, with shares of Plug Power (PLUG -7.62%), Bloom Energy (BE -4.23%), and FuelCell Energy (FCEL -9.28%) all down between 5% and 6% in 11:40 a.m. EDT trading, and on no obvious bad news.

Doing best of all today is fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems (BLDP -7.23%). Ballard is down, too, of course -- falling 4.3% -- but right now, it's the best of a bad bunch, and Ballard may even have a bit of momentum.

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So what

Plug Power in particular got a boost last week when Citigroup crowned the company "the center of the hydrogen economy," and praised Plug's growth prospects. But lately, it's been Plug rival Ballard that's been doing most of the growing.

Over the last week or so, Ballard has announced:

  • Sales of 70-kilowatt "FCmove" fuel cell modules to Tata Motors.
  • Sales of 200-kilowatt fuel cell modules to Siemens.
  • A sale of another 200-kilowatt FCwave fuel cell module to "innovative green hydrogen solutions company" Fusion-Fuel (HTOO -7.64%) in Portugal.  

Now what

Granted, you can question (and I do) whether the sale of a single fuel cell module is really grounds for an entire press release by Ballard. But the company is clearly trying to build momentum heading into its upcoming Q2 2021 earnings report, due out Friday, Aug. 6.  

The fact that Ballard stock isn't suffering quite as much as the other fuel cell stocks are today suggests that, for now at least, the plan is working.

Rich Smith 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.

Stocks Mentioned

Plug Power Stock Quote
Plug Power
PLUG
$13.82 (-7.62%) $-1.14
FuelCell Energy Stock Quote
FuelCell Energy
FCEL
$3.13 (-9.28%) $0.32
Ballard Power Systems Stock Quote
Ballard Power Systems
BLDP
$5.52 (-7.23%) $0.43
Bloom Energy Stock Quote
Bloom Energy
BE
$20.13 (-4.23%) $0.89
Fusion Fuel Green PLC Stock Quote
Fusion Fuel Green PLC
HTOO
$5.08 (-7.64%) $0.42

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