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Michael McDonald

Michael is an assistant professor of finance and a frequent consultant to companies regarding capital structure decisions and investments. He holds a PhD in finance…

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Is The Time Right For Solar Stocks?

With the economy as weak as it is now, there aren’t many good growth industries. The most commonly cited growth industry might be biotech, but the multiples in that sector are generally fairly lofty. Individual growth companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook may look promising, but each carries a substantial amount of risk associated with owning an individual company, and all are well known already. Investors looking for a value with growth should consider the solar sector.

The solar sector is growing very rapidly as anyone who looks at the data knows. It’s impossible to turn on the news or drive down a street without seeing some subtle signs of how the increasing proliferation of solar is impacting the energy sector. That’s not to say that traditional energy companies won’t continue to exist and even thrive – but it is important to acknowledge the reality that the energy generation landscape is evolving.

Despite the promise of the industry, solar stocks are generally fairly inexpensive by many metrics. Part of the problem is that many of the companies in the nascent industry are unstable. Further, high profile events like bankruptcy of SunEdison are not helping the situation. And finally, the investment landscape in the industry is evolving rapidly. Tesla recently announced it was buying SolarCity. Trina Solar has told investors that it will be going private. Many investors are speculating about what other mergers or delistings…

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