Trade of the Day: First Solar, Inc. Scores the Long-Awaited Breakout

First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) received a Buy rating from 2 analysts.

So you know, I have offered profitable trading ideas on FSLR stock in this column several times over the past eight months as the stock began building a sound base and pushed well higher since May of 2017. Roth Capital restated a "buy" rating and set a $60.00 target price on shares of First Solar in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th.

Media coverage about First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. (NASDAQ:FSLR) has an average volume of 2.46 Million. The insider now holds 21,787 shares of First Solar, Inc. Of those analysts, 6 rate stock as a Strong Buy, 7 rate it as Hold, and just no analyst rates it as a Moderate Sell. Deutsche Bank upgraded it to "Buy" rating and $65.0 target in Friday, September 15 report.

The stock decreased 0.54% or $0.38 during the last trading session, reaching $69.64. The company has a quick ratio of 6.47, a current ratio of 6.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06. Important factors to focus when evaluating a stock's present and future value are the 52 week price high and low levels.

First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. After $2.07 actual EPS reported by Apple Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 81.16% EPS growth. The Return on Investment and Return on Equity (ROE) values are 6 percent and 14.1 percent, respectively. The company had revenue of $1.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $859.22 million. During the same period a year ago, the business earned $1.22 earnings per share. They expect $3.75 EPS, up 11.61% or $0.39 from last year's $3.36 per share. Of those transactions, there were 46,773 shares of FSLR bought and 211,152 shares sold. The SEC filing shows that Garabedian Raffi performed a sale of 11,284 shares. (NASDAQ:FSLR). Huntington Retail Bank holds 0% or 595 shares in its portfolio. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 10,424 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $707,059.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. (NASDAQ:FSLR) stock volatility was recorded 3.76% which for the previous full month was noted 3.11%.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in FSLR. About 4.84M shares traded or 103.78% up from the average. Corporate insiders own 0.58% of the company's stock. $2.10M worth of First Solar, Inc. KALETA PAUL J sold $1.18M worth of stock or 23,696 shares. According to today's trading volume First Solar, ABOVE its 20-Day Avg. volume with the stock showing ABOVE Abnormal volume in the past 150 days. Capital World Investors owned about 6.83% of First Solar worth $280,379,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

The most recent open market insider trade was Automatic Sell of 15,304 shares on a day where the closing price was 66.93. Boston Partners now owns 378,011 shares of the solar cell manufacturer's stock valued at $14,928,000 after buying an additional 337,203 shares during the period. Finally, Allianz Asset Management GmbH raised its position in shares of First Solar by 1.5% during the 3rd quarter. Pioneer Investment Management Inc sold 139,678 shares as the company's stock rose 4.31% with the market. The stock has a market cap of 49.04 Billion.

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