Market turmoil makes it easy, perhaps too easy, to justify selling a stock these days. And while making off-the-cuff decisions isn't going to help your portfolio, it's still a good idea to play devil's advocate with investments.
Consider solar module supplier Canadian Solar
At The Motley Fool, we like to consider both the good and bad sides of an investment. Here, I've highlighted three of the main bearish arguments on two-star Canadian Solar. Be sure to read the bullish side as well, and then weigh in with your own comments below or rate Canadian Solar in CAPS.
1. Supply issues looking ugly
A recent iSuppli report highlighted the current glut in solar supply, and solar sector analyst Gordon Johnson with Hapoalim Securities recently said solar faces a big supply/demand imbalance through next year. He expects next year's industry supply to be about 10.8 gigawatts, with demand coming in at just 6 gigawatts, a disparity that could have a major effect on Canadian Solar and others like SunPower
2. Bearish sentiment
Similar to others such as China Sunergy
3. Waning support
High levels of financing and government subsidies are two very important drivers of sales of solar products; both are increasingly difficult to come by. The recession tightened up credit and some investors anticipate further incentive cuts in European countries. And China's delayed introduction of a feed-in tariff may throw a very wet blanket on projects for companies like Canadian Solar as well as peers Yingli Green Energy
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