Vetr upgraded shares of First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) from a sell rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning. They currently have $64.01 target price on the solar cell manufacturer’s stock.

A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on FSLR. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of First Solar from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 4th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an equal weight rating on shares of First Solar in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. Cowen and Company set a $40.00 target price on shares of First Solar and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Axiom Securities raised shares of First Solar from a hold rating to a buy rating and lifted their target price for the company from $45.40 to $51.00 in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, Standpoint Research lowered shares of First Solar from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company. First Solar currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $47.61.

Shares of First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) traded up $2.66 on Tuesday, hitting $59.87. 3,133,745 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,110,000. The company has a market cap of $6.25 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.18 and a beta of 1.99. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06, a current ratio of 6.85 and a quick ratio of 6.47. First Solar has a 52-week low of $25.56 and a 52-week high of $61.47.

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The solar cell manufacturer reported $1.95 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.84 by $1.11. The firm had revenue of $1.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $859.22 million. First Solar had a negative net margin of 14.70% and a positive return on equity of 8.07%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 59.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.22 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that First Solar will post 2.53 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In other First Solar news, CFO Alexander R. Bradley sold 566 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.66, for a total value of $27,541.56. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 963 shares in the company, valued at $46,859.58. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.58% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of FSLR. OppenheimerFunds Inc. boosted its position in shares of First Solar by 92.8% during the first quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 22,935 shares of the solar cell manufacturer’s stock worth $622,000 after acquiring an additional 11,037 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of First Solar by 171.3% during the first quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 314,986 shares of the solar cell manufacturer’s stock worth $8,536,000 after acquiring an additional 198,889 shares during the last quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of First Solar by 356.1% during the first quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 24,331 shares of the solar cell manufacturer’s stock worth $658,000 after acquiring an additional 18,996 shares during the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans bought a new position in shares of First Solar during the first quarter worth $406,000. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted its position in shares of First Solar by 68.5% during the first quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 330,709 shares of the solar cell manufacturer’s stock worth $8,962,000 after acquiring an additional 134,447 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 53.10% of the company’s stock.

First Solar Company Profile

First Solar, Inc is a provider of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions. The Company designs, manufactures and sells PV solar modules with a thin-film semiconductor technology. The Company also develops, designs, constructs and sells PV solar power systems that primarily use the modules it manufactures.

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