The prospects of solar power have been growing day by day, so some are wondering when the technology — and the industry — will truly come into their own. According to Dr. Ernest Moniz, the new Department of Energy secretary, that time frame is “underestimated,” meaning that it should come sooner than many expect. There are several indicators that are pointing to that, as well. As several Chinese solar companies are hitting the wall because of a panel-supply glut, some of the weaker companies are on their way out. This is clearing the way for the stronger candidates to get pricing on panels again. First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR ) recently announced that it could not take orders for new panels until after the third quarter, because all panels to be built until then are contracted out.
There’s another aspect of the solar industry that’s taking root: distributed power. Companies like SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY ) are showing that it is indeed possible to make money in the residential solar business, something that has been a struggle in the past. Tune into the video conversation below between Fool analysts Joel South, Taylor Muckerman, and Fool.com contributor Tyler Crowe as they discuss some of the other emerging trends in the solar industry.
5 Best International Stocks To Watch Right Now: Century Aluminum Company(CENX)
Century Aluminum Company, through its subsidiaries, produces primary aluminum in the United States, China, and Iceland. The company offers high purity primary aluminum, molten aluminum, standard-grade ingots, extrusion billets, and other value-added primary aluminum products. It also holds a 40% joint venture interest in a carbon anode and cathode facility located in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of south China. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Monterey, California.
- [By Travis Hoium]
What: Shares of Century Aluminum (NASDAQ: CENX ) jumped 13% today after the company announced an acquisition.
So what: The company is buying the Sebree aluminum smelter for about $61 million in cash from a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Alcan. Century will assume $71 million in working capital and won’t be liable for historical environmental liabilities at the plant.
- [By Rich Smith]
Even as it contemplates shutting down its largest aluminum smelter in the United States, Century Aluminum (NASDAQ: CENX ) says it’s planning to buy another smelter entirely. On Monday, Century announced that it’s signed a definitive agreement to buy Rio Tinto’s (NYSE: RIO ) Sebree aluminum smelter in Henderson County, Ky.
- [By Rich Smith]
This series, brought to you by Yahoo! Finance, looks at which upgrades and downgrades make sense, and which ones investors should act on. Today, our headlines include upgrades for both Century Aluminum (NASDAQ: CENX ) and Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB ) . But the news isn’t all good, so let’s start off with a few words on why…
5 Best International Stocks To Watch Right Now: Forest Oil Corporation (FST)
Forest Oil Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company primarily has interests in the properties in the Texas Panhandle; the east Texas/north Louisiana; and the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas. As of December 31, 2011, its total estimated proved oil and gas reserves were approximately 1,904 billion cubic feet equivalent. The company was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado with an additional office in Houston, Texas.
- [By Mark Hulbert]
The stocks are C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW) , a freight-transportation company; chip maker Cirrus Logic (CRUS) ; independent oil company Forest Oil (FST) ; investment bank Greenhill & Co. (GHL) ; Intrepid Potash (IPI) , a fertilizer company; retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) ; Quest Diagnostics (DGX) , a medical diagnostic company; Strayer Education (STRA) , a for-profit college; Tower Group International (TWGP) , an insurance company; and Windstream Holdings (WIN) , a rural telecommunications firm.
- [By Aaron Levitt]
But now that XCO is one of the cheapest energy stocks at just $5 a share, Ross and Watsa might just succeed and take it private. In fact, they already own about 15% of the company. For investors, this might be one of the quickest plays on cheap energy stocks there is.
Energy Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now: Forest Oil Corporation (FST)
Like most of the low-priced cheap stocks on this list, Forest Oil (FST) is in the middle of a major turnaround. That’s because, like many energy stocks, FST continues to undergo a major shift in focus for its production.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
It’s Christmas, a time when we wish for peace on earth and goodwill towards everyone. So, with investors in a forgiving mood, it might seem tempting to buy energy exploration & production companies that have underperformed in 2013–you know, Forest Oil (FST), Newfield Exploration (NFX) and the like.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts at Morgan Stanley downgraded Forest Oil (NYSE: FST) from “equal-weight” to “underweight.” The target price for Forest Oil has been lowered from $6 to $4.
5 Best International Stocks To Watch Right Now: LiveDeal Inc.(LIVE)
LiveDeal, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, delivers local customer acquisition services for small and medium-sized businesses. It provides online marketing Internet directory services. The company offers InstantProfile, which distributes small businesses? key contact and service information to Internet destinations, including the search engines, Internet directories, and social media networks that enable advertisers to manage their business information in one location and enhance their reach to various destinations a consumer may search for local business services. It also provides online listing services. The company was formerly known as YP Corp. and changed its name to LiveDeal, Inc. in August 2007. LiveDeal, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- [By John Udovich]
Coupons.Com Inc (NYSE: COUP) is the most recent small cap digital coupon or daily deal stock to emerge in a spectacular IPO to challenge existing players like mid cap Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) and small caps LiveDeal Inc (NASDAQ: LIVE) and RetailMeNot Inc (NASDAQ: SALE). However and since the recent IPO, small cap Coupons.Com has been a relatively flat deal for investors.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Technology stocks gained Thursday, with Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) leading advancers. Meanwhile, gainers in the sector included LiveDeal (NASDAQ: LIVE), with shares up 5.5 percent, and PFSweb (NASDAQ: PFSW), with shares up 5.4 percent.
- [By James E. Brumley]
Well, I hate to be the one to say I told you so, but, I told you so. Back on December 11th I said it was time to take a swing on LiveDeal Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVE). The company was causing quite a stir within the investment community, and shares of LIVE were getting more and more bullish traction. All told, LiveDeal shares are up 119% since the look I took less than a month ago, coming out of nowhere, and surprising a lot of people.
5 Best International Stocks To Watch Right Now: Big Tree Group Inc (BIGG)
Big Tree Group Inc., formerly Transax International Limited (Transax), incorporated on January 28, 1987, is engaged in the business of toys sourcing, distribution and contractual manufacturing targeting international and domestic distributors and customers in the toys industry. The Company’s main business focus is to function as a one stop shop for the sourcing, distribution and specialty manufacturing of toys and related products. The Company conducts these operations through both its BT Brunei and BT Shantou subsidiaries.
The Company sources a wide variety of more than 300,000 toys made of plastic, wood, metal, wool, and electronic materials, primarily targeting at children from infants to teenagers. These toys include, but are not limited to, infant appliances, games, balls, dolls, stuffed toys, transformers, racing track sets, play sets, water toys, and educational toys. The offered toys can be operated by battery, manual power, wire control, remote contro l, voice control, infrared ray control, and other applications.
The Company’s Big Tree Magic Puzzle (3D) cater to consumers ranging from minor children to adults. Big Tree Magic Puzzle (3D) consists of 18 assembly parts made of ABS environmental-friendly plastic materials in multiple shapes including, but not limited to, squares, triangles, right-angled connectors, etc. The Big Tree Magic Puzzle (3D) adopts a plug-in design that goes beyond the traditional planar and linear plug-in to achieve the transformations among the common and unconventional shapes such as diamond, sphere and dynamic warping, etc. Each assembly part offers 10 color choices that encourage children to learn colors and shapes in an interesting and attractive playing environment. The Company has developed over 10 series of Big Tree Magic Puzzle (3D) including about 200 product items.
The Company’s customers for the Company’s toy sourcing business consist of distributors, trading companies, and wholesalers primarily located in mainland Chi! na, Hong Kong, Europe, South America, Asia and the United States. The Company’s Big Tree Magic Puzzle (3D) is marketed directly to consumers in China through the Company’s sales locations in Dennis Department Stores and its online store at Taobao Mall (www. Tmall.com).
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap stocks Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd (OTCMKTS: DKAM), 7 Star Entertainment Inc (OTCMKTS: SAEE), Rising India Inc (OTCMKTS: RSII) and Big Tree Group Inc (OTCMKTS: BIGG) have all been attracting attention thanks to paid promotions. Of course, there is nothing wrong with properly disclosed and paid for promotions or investor relation activities, but they can backfire on unwary investors and traders alike. So are stock promoters blowing a bunch of hot air regarding these four small cap stocks or are they actually potential winners? Here is a quick reality check to help you decide:
5 Best International Stocks To Watch Right Now: Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ENZN)
Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, engages in the research and development of therapeutics for cancer patients with unmet medical needs. The company?s drug-development programs utilize two platforms-Customized PEGylation Linker Technology and third-generation mRNA-targeting agents utilizing the Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) technology. It currently holds four compounds in clinical development and multiple novel LNA targets in preclinical research. The company?s development product pipeline consists of PEG-SN38 compound that utilizes Customized Linker Technology, which is in Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of metastatic colorectal and breast cancer, as well as a Phase I trial for pediatric patients with cancer; and the Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 alpha antagonist in Phase I studies for the treatment of solid tumors and lymphoma. Its product line also comprises Survivin antagonist in Phase I study in pediatric patients with recurrent acute lymphoblas tic leukemia; Androgen Receptor antagonist, a validated target for the treatment of prostate cancer that is in a Phase I study in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer; and rights to five compounds, including AR, HER3, beta-catenin, PI3KCA, and Gli2. Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
With just a quick glance at the company’s recent news (or lack thereof), Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN) doesn’t look like anything all that special… or even trade-worthy. It only takes a brief look at the chart of ENZN, however, to conclude this stock – lack of new or not – has just become something trade-worthy, because the rest of the market has clearly started to fall back in love with it; there’s no telling at what price the love affair could end.
- [By Monica Wolfe]
Over the past week Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio) of The Baupost Group made one real time reduction; the guru reduced his holdings in Enzon Pharmaceutical (ENZN). The guru cut his holdings in the company -43.6% by selling 3,353,595 shares of the company’s stock. He sold these shares at an average price of $1.15 per share; the shares are still currently trading at around the same price.