Vetr upgraded shares of First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report released on Wednesday, August 2nd. They currently have $48.61 price objective on the solar cell manufacturer’s stock.
Several other research firms have also recently weighed in on FSLR. Cowen and Company set a $57.00 price target on First Solar and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Saturday, July 29th. Roth Capital raised their price target on First Solar from $40.00 to $55.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Bank of America Corporation reiterated a buy rating and set a $54.00 price objective (up from $38.00) on shares of First Solar in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. BidaskClub upgraded First Solar from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded First Solar from a d+ rating to a c rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. First Solar presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $43.35.
First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) opened at 47.54 on Wednesday. The company’s 50-day moving average is $43.93 and its 200-day moving average is $35.65. The company’s market cap is $4.96 billion. First Solar has a 12 month low of $25.56 and a 12 month high of $50.21.
First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The solar cell manufacturer reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.04 by $0.60. First Solar had a positive return on equity of 6.43% and a negative net margin of 18.80%. The firm had revenue of $623 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $591.55 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.87 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 38.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that First Solar will post $2.11 earnings per share for the current year.
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In other news, CFO Alexander R. Bradley sold 566 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.66, for a total value of $27,541.56. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 963 shares in the company, valued at $46,859.58. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Bryan Robert Schumaker sold 1,235 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.00, for a total transaction of $49,400.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 95,909 shares of company stock valued at $4,705,246 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 0.40% of the company’s stock.
Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. James Investment Research Inc. bought a new position in First Solar during the first quarter worth $163,000. Retirement Systems of Alabama increased its position in First Solar by 165.0% in the first quarter. Retirement Systems of Alabama now owns 100,743 shares of the solar cell manufacturer’s stock worth $2,730,000 after buying an additional 62,725 shares in the last quarter. DnB Asset Management AS increased its position in First Solar by 0.6% in the first quarter. DnB Asset Management AS now owns 518,218 shares of the solar cell manufacturer’s stock worth $14,044,000 after buying an additional 3,300 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System acquired a new position in shares of First Solar during the first quarter worth approximately $534,000. Finally, Cullinan Associates Inc. increased its position in shares of First Solar by 9.0% in the first quarter. Cullinan Associates Inc. now owns 12,100 shares of the solar cell manufacturer’s stock worth $328,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares in the last quarter. 60.75% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
About First Solar
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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