No matter what's going on in the market or at a specific company, there are always reasons to consider buying shares in a business. After all, some of the best opportunities in stocks are born from historically bloody times.
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In the case of thin-film green machine First Solar
Falling costs per watt: In the fourth quarter, First Solar achieved an industry milestone with per-watt production costs falling below a dollar, down from $1.08 last quarter. The company is looking to reach a range of $0.65 to $0.70 a watt by 2012, helping offset a bleak near-term outlook for the industry. Its scale gives it a nice advantage over smaller solar companies like Evergreen Solar
Continued growth: While Trina Solar posted a fourth-quarter loss, other solar players like SunPower
Stimulus plan: First Solar credits Germany and government subsidies from other countries in helping it achieve success to date. While huge conglomerates like GE
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