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First Solar Surges as 2013 Profit Forecast Raised: Phoenix Mover

November 01, 2013

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A contractor for First Solar Inc. works on construction of the Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South project in Imperial County, California. Photographer: Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg

First Solar Inc. (FSLR:US), the largest U.S. solar-panel manufacturer, climbed to a two-year high after the company boosted its profit forecast for the year.

First Solar rose 18 percent to $59.14 at the close in New York, the highest closing price for the Tempe, Arizona-based company’s shares since Oct. 10, 2011.

Sales of solar power plants First Solar built in Canada, and accelerated recognition of revenue from a plant under construction in California will boost per-share profit for the year to $4.25 to $4.50 a share, up from an August estimate of $3.75 to $4.25, Chief Executive Officer Jim Hughes said yesterday on a conference call with analysts and investors.

First Solar also reported third-quarter net income doubled to $195 million, or $1.94 a share, from $87.9 million, or $1, a year earlier. That beat the 95-cent average of 13 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales rose 51 percent to a record $1.27 billion.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Martin in New York at cmartin11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net


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  • FSLR
    (First Solar Inc)
    • $63.11 USD
    • -2.47
    • -3.91%
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