First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) Upgraded by Vetr Inc. to “Strong-Buy”

Vetr upgraded shares of First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report released on Tuesday, October 17th. The brokerage currently has $53.04 price objective on the solar cell manufacturer’s stock.

A number of other research analysts have also recently weighed in on FSLR. Axiom Securities reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of First Solar in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. JMP Securities set a $67.00 target price on shares of First Solar and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. ValuEngine raised shares of First Solar from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. BidaskClub cut shares of First Solar from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of First Solar from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $46.29.

First Solar (FSLR) opened at 47.92 on Tuesday. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $47.70 and its 200 day moving average is $41.62. The company’s market cap is $5.00 billion. First Solar has a 12-month low of $25.56 and a 12-month high of $53.00.

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The solar cell manufacturer reported $1.95 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.84 by $1.11. The firm had revenue of $1.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $859.22 million. First Solar had a negative net margin of 18.80% and a positive return on equity of 6.43%. First Solar’s revenue was up 59.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.22 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that First Solar will post $2.21 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other First Solar news, CFO Alexander R. Bradley sold 566 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.66, for a total transaction of $27,541.56. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 963 shares in the company, valued at $46,859.58. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Mark R. Widmar sold 43,189 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, July 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.55, for a total value of $2,096,825.95. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 107,454 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,216,891.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 94,674 shares of company stock valued at $4,655,846 over the last three months. 0.58% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. increased its stake in shares of First Solar by 57.6% in the second quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 2,600 shares of the solar cell manufacturer’s stock valued at $104,000 after buying an additional 950 shares in the last quarter. Fiduciary Trust Co. acquired a new stake in shares of First Solar in the second quarter valued at $128,000. NEXT Financial Group Inc increased its stake in shares of First Solar by 23.9% in the second quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 5,050 shares of the solar cell manufacturer’s stock valued at $201,000 after buying an additional 975 shares in the last quarter. Parsec Financial Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of First Solar in the second quarter valued at $204,000. Finally, Garner Asset Management Corp acquired a new stake in shares of First Solar in the second quarter valued at $208,000. Institutional investors own 53.60% of the company’s stock.

First Solar Company Profile

First Solar, Inc is a provider of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions. The Company designs, manufactures and sells PV solar modules with a thin-film semiconductor technology. The Company also develops, designs, constructs and sells PV solar power systems that primarily use the modules it manufactures.

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