I used to view China Sunergy
This quarter, the company cranked out $80 million of revenue, a modest sequential improvement compared to what we saw out of sizzling shops like Yingli Green Energy
How does that happen? Well, blended average sales prices were just 38% of last year's levels. With a collapse like that, it's fairly impressive that China Sunergy is still standing.
That said, I'm still not sure why investors are drawn to this solar shop. Does anyone really expect the solar cell business to become less cutthroat in the future? I suppose it's possible, if accommodative bank lending keeps Chinese players like Suntech Power
This is my question for you, Foolish reader: What is the long-term competitive advantage of this company? If you have an answer, please share it in the comments section below. If not, I think the only sensible thing is to continue to avoid the stock, no matter how sunny the current solar reports may sound.
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