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Dec 12, 2012

China doubles solar subsidies, U.S.-listed stocks jump

By Swetha Gopinath and Krishna N Das

(Reuters) – China has added a further $1.1 billion in subsidies to its solar power sector, more than doubling its support this year, Xinhua reported on Wednesday, sending shares of Chinese solar power companies up sharply in U.S. trading.

Shares of Trina Solar Ltd (TSL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Yingli Green Energy Holding Co (YGE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) surged more than 20 percent in morning trading, while those of JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd (JASO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) were up 14 percent. Shares of JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd (JKS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd (STP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rose about 10 percent.

Oct 31, 2012

GT Advanced to cut jobs to cope with weak Asia demand

Oct 31 (Reuters) – GT Advanced Technologies, a
solar and LED equipment maker, said it would slash about 25
percent of its workforce and would l i kely report third-quarter
revenue at the low end of its forecast due to weak demand in its
main market, Asia.

Shares of GT, which makes machines used to manufacture solar
and LED equipment, fell more than a fifth to $4.03 on the
Nasdaq, their lowest in more than five months.

Oct 12, 2012

Ecolab to buy energy services firm Champion for $2.2 billion

By Krishna N Das and Sunayan Bhattacharjee

(Reuters) – Cleaning services company Ecolab Inc (ECL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will buy privately held oilfield specialty chemicals maker Champion Technologies Inc for about $2.2 billion to tap into rising demand for products used in oil and natural gas drilling and help to make up for under-investment in North America.

The acquisition will help Ecolab accelerate expansion of its energy services business, which makes products used to prevent corrosion in oilfield equipment and treat water for oil drillers and refiners at a time when oil output from North American shale fields is growing quickly.

Oct 1, 2012

Analysis: Threatened duties push China solar firms offshore

By Krishna N Das and Swetha Gopinath

(Reuters) – Chinese solar companies are being forced to speed up plans to move a big chunk of their manufacturing offshore as Europe looks increasingly likely to join the United States in implementing duties on imports of Chinese-made solar equipment.

The timing could not be worse for the Chinese firms, whose balance sheets are already being strained by nearly two years of weak prices and slowing demand for solar energy products.

Jun 14, 2012

JA Solar buyback plan lifts shares

June 14 (Reuters) – Heavily indebted JA Solar Holdings Co
Ltd, which has lost nearly a third of its market value
this year, said it could buy back up to $100 million of its
shares before the end of September, sending the stock up 25

Other China-based solar companies such as LDK Solar Co
, Yingli Green Energy Holding Co and ReneSola Ltd
have also been buying back shares amid a brutal selloff
in the equities market.

Apr 13, 2012

Solar prices drop more, pressuring panel makers

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, 2012

Drybulkers in troubled waters as China iron ore imports seen weak

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.

Feb 23, 2012

Mid-sized US oil & gas cos’ outlook defies weak gas

By Krishna N Das and Vaishnavi Bala

(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.

Feb 10, 2012

Loan hiccup for First Solar project

By Krishna N Das

(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, 2011

Slowing demand pushes MEMC to cut jobs, capacity

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
energy sector.

    • About Krishna

      "I have been covering India's metals and mining industries from New Delhi since April Fool’s Day, 2013. Before that I led two teams of reporters covering small-and-medium-sized U.S./Canada-listed energy and resources companies. I have closely followed the solar and shipping industries and love to write on cricket whenever I can."
      Joined Reuters:
      August, 2009
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