April 10 (Reuters) – Solar panels prices have kept marching
lower this year, extending steep declines seen in 2011 and
keeping pressure on hard-hit manufacturers who have struggled to
eke out profits, industry experts said.
Average selling prices for the photovoltaic modules that
turn sunlight into electricity have dropped to 80 to 85 cents
per watt, a decline of more than 10 percent from levels near 95
cents recorded at the end of 2011, a year that saw prices fall
by about 50 percent.
Feb 29 (Reuters) – Dry bulk transporters, already hit
by an oversupply of ships, could be forced to operate their
vessels below breakeven for a much longer period than feared as
top iron ore consumer China looks to cut down on imports.
China’s iron ore imports may fall up to 14 percent this year
as domestic output ramps up, a mining industry group said on
Wednesday. The country buys about 60 percent of the world’s
seaborne iron ore.
(Reuters) – Medium-sized U.S. oil and natural gas producers forecast higher production for this year, with some of them set to outspend their cash flows, when many of their bigger rivals are cutting output citing decade-low gas prices.
Natural gas prices, which traded at $11 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) levels three years ago, are now languishing at $2.67, as production from unconventional shale fields flood the market.
(Reuters) – First Solar (FSLR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has not released funds for its 230-megawatt Antelope Valley project in California due to construction permit issues, a development that could undo the sale of the project to Exelon Corp (EXC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
First Solar shares, down more than 66 percent over the last one year, fell as much 10 percent to $44.25 in early trade on Friday on the Nasdaq.
Dec 8 (Reuters) – MEMC Electronic Materials Inc
slashed its outlook for the current quarter and said it
will cut jobs and reduce capacity as the silicon-wafer maker
grapples with lower demand.
The company will cut more than 1,300 jobs, or a fifth of its
workforce, and will be idling some of its facilities, as it
looks to lower costs amid a severe downturn in the renewable
BANGALORE (Reuters) – Infosys Ltd (INFY.NS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects its third-quarter revenue growth closer to the lower end of its forecast as customers delay decisions on large contracts, its chief executive said.
The Bangalore-based company, a pioneer in India’s $76 billion IT sector, has grown rapidly by employing thousands of engineers in low-cost Indian centers but is seeing its pace of growth slowing amid a sputtering U.S. economy and the European debt crisis.
BANGALORE (Reuters) – Infosys Ltd expects its third-quarter revenue growth closer to the lower end of its forecast as customers delay decisions on large contracts, its chief executive said.
The Bangalore-based company, a pioneer in India’s $76 billion (48 billion pound) IT sector, has grown rapidly by employing thousands of engineers in low-cost Indian centres but is seeing its pace of growth slowing amid a sputtering U.S. economy and the European debt crisis.
Nov 17 (Reuters) – General Maritime Corp, a
crude oil and refined petroleum products shipper, filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, becoming the
latest victim of a downturn triggered by an oversupply of
vessels amid weak demand.
Bankers expect more bankruptcies and restructuring in the
sector as daily rates for vessels fall below their operating
costs, hurting companies’ cash flows and ability to comply with
Oct 28 (Reuters) – Arch Coal Inc posted a
lower-than-expected quarterly profit as flooding in the U.S.
Midwest hit shipments and West Virginia mine costs rose, but it
forecast record exports this year on strong demand from Asian
Shares of the St. Louis-based company rose 6 percent to $19.37
on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock had lost 48
percent of its value this year by Thursday’s close.
Oct 27 (Reuters) – Airgas Inc beat Wall Street
estimates with a 17 percent rise in quarterly profit, as
manufacturing and energy customers kept demand high, prompting
the industrial gas supplier to raise its full-year adjusted
Manufacturing, medical, petrochemical and utilities sectors
are the strongest customer bases for Airgas, which supplies
canisters of oxygen, argon and other gases used in
construction, healthcare and many other industries.