Tuesday, January 11, 2011

LDK's Climb Drags Several Along With It

Several solar companies climbed 10 Jan 11 after LDK Solar raised its guidance and Edison International announced several power-purchase agreements in California.

LDK Solar climbed 19 percent to $12.39 at 1:22 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading, the largest percentage gain in two months. The company said today fourth-quarter sales will be 21 percent higher than the top end of its previous $750 million estimate.

Edison said its Southern California Edison utility will buy energy from three solar farms that SunPower plans to build in the state, with total capacity of 711 megawatts. The unit also said it had signed four contracts to purchase power from plants being developed in California by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, with a combined capacity of 120 MW.

SunPower increased 7.5 percent to $14.45, the biggest gain of any company in the 100-member WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index. Six of the 10 companies on the index with the biggest percentage gains today make solar products.

“The space has tended to move as a whole,” Adam Krop, an analyst with New York-based Ardour Capital Partners said, in a Bloomberg interview. Several solar energy companies were riding the coattails of LDK and SunPower, he said.

JA Solar increased 4 percent to $7.41 while Suntech was also 4 percent higher.

“The space has been really undervalued for the past four to six weeks,” Krop said. “With all these positive news announcements, eventually there has to be some positive movement.”

Trina Solar increased 2 percent to $25.53. First Solar advanced 2 percent as well to $136.20. Apollo Solar Energy Technology Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong rose 1.8 percent.

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