Solar Energy Stocks to watch

Solar Energy Stocks to watch

Some Wall Street analysts have linked the pricing of solar stocks with the price of oil.  There appears to be some solid merit to this concept, especially in the last few weeks.

Using First Solar as an example, one can see the decline that began with oil prices roughly five weeks ago to a decline in the stock price of FSLR.  Oil is down about 33% of its high and FSLR stock is down 28% from its recent high.  This is a pattern that has been demonstrated by a number of solar stocks.

Part of trading solar stocks is watching commodity prices in general, particularly oil and natural gas.  The lower the price of these fossil fuels, the less immediate need (theoretically) for an alternative energy source.  For those who are long-term investors in solar stocks, this will not be an issue.  First Solar is often used as the benchmark for solar stocks because of their presence globally, experience, stock price and their exposure to massive solar projects.

Anyone who is trading solar stocks on a short-term or intermediate basis, commodity prices are a strong indicator of how well solar shares will perform in the near future.  Having lost 28% makes FLSR somewhat tempting, however, there are at least two factors that can make one hesitate.  First, given the relationship between oil pricing and FSLR, there is a possibility that oil will continue to slide.  What if oil goes back to $65 per barrel?  Theoretically, FSLR could lose another 28% or more.  Second, FSLR is the most expensive solar stock traded on either the NYSE or Nasdaq.  Despite the recent drop, the stock is still roughly $211 a share.  There are a number of other quality solar companies to invest in and/or trade out there.  Both of these factors may make one consider either waiting on the sidelines or looking for another solar firm.

But even though FSLR is not a solar trade, it should be always be kept in sight.  First Solar will be a good benchmark for any solar shares you trade.  Keep your trading screens open with the price of oil, natural gas, and FSLR at all times.  And remember when you see oil start to rise, FSLR could very well be a solid player for the short-term.

In a sign that solar stocks are going to have a lot of business, Q Cells has signed a 10-year contract with LDK Solar.  Q Cells, based in Germany, is the largest manufacturer of solar cells in the world.  Their stock is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.  LDK Solar is a NYSE listed stock, based in China.

The 10-year deal calls for LDK Solar to provide no less than 20,000 metric tons of UMG solar grade silicon.  The agreement began immediately on Friday, September 12th, 2008.  There is also an option for both parties to produce up to 21,000 more metric tons over the same time period.  Along with these two contractual agreements, there was also a memorandum of understanding between the two companies.

This memorandum is an indication that LDK is going to have a long-term business partner.  It indicates that in addition to the two mentioned agreements, that Q Cells will be supplied up to five mega watts of solar wafers by LDK.  And as Q Cells is the worldwide leader in solar cell production this could eventually lead to more commitments.  LDK investors now have to realize a greater deal of safety in their investment.  This is the biggest solar contract ever.  No matter what else happens within the LDK business they are going to have a high degree of business and fulfillment of this contract.

Mr. Peng, the CEO of LDK, stated that this collaboration is a sign that his company produces a high-quality product.  He also named two of the products LDK would sell to Q Cells, those being Nova wafers and a more standard wafer made from high purity polysilicon.  Mr. Milner, the CEO of Q Cells,  congratulated LDK for their reliability and quality.

Now given this situation, you might think that LDK shares rose on Friday. Well, they did.  LDK stock opened at $41.62, up $.89 on the open of trading.  The stock quickly moved up and traded at an intra-day high of $43.40 per share.  Then the stock started to retreat and ended up the day at $40.76, up to a whole nickel for the day.  In the end, not quite much of a rally for such an enormous accomplishment.

LDK has been falling in general since a recent high of $51, back on August 29th.  Much like other solar stocks it has been hit hard by the collapsing price of oil which has been declining rapidly since July.  Nearly all of the solar stocks have been on the decline lately and this tepid rise on Friday is a bit of an omen for LDK Solar.

Although this deal is a great prize for LDK’s future, for the moment investors might want to be guarded.  There are two ways to look at LDK as an investment play.  First, to wait and see how the company trades this week.  If it appears to have the strength (and other solar stocks are rallying) then it could be considered a buy for a quick gain.  Second, plan on potentially going into LDK Solar as a long-term investment.  If the stock does continue to drop, then investors could dollar cost average into the LDK shares regularly.  Or just set-up buying more shares at lower price points.

The good news is that if you buy LDK (or currently own it) this deal is going to provide a strong basis for the company over the coming years.  The Q Cells agreement makes LDK a stock to buy for a trade, with the possibility of getting a long run investment.  If you are looking to take a major long-term investment in solar, consider LDK as a strong candidate.

Gold Stocks

Gold Penny stocks to watch. Gold has become one of the best investments you can make today. Historically, investors have always turned to gold in a time of economic crisis. When the value of the dollar is plunging, the investment community rushes into gold as a way to protect their assets.

This current economic crisis isn’t just affecting us here in America, it’s affecting the entire world and investors everywhere are turning to gold as a safe haven. I think we all know that this global rescission is not going to magically disappear overnight which would also mean that the rise of gold prices won’t be slowing down just yet.

Last year alone world investment in gold nearly doubled, exceeding 1,900 tonnes-a value of around billion. Yet the government, central banks, and private investors are not the biggest driving force of Gold’s dramatic price increase. The highest demand for gold comes from the jewelry industry and America is not the country with the highest demand, India is.

A quick history lesson; gold import in India went thru strong restrictions during the two world wars and adopted a fully restricted policy after independence. They didn’t have a reformed policy until the early 1990′s. An interesting fact about the gold control regime was that it prohibited all gold transactions between residents and non-residents. This caused an effect similar to America’s prohibition of black market smuggling and unofficial transactions in foreign exchange began to flourish. India’s gold consumptions accelerated sharply during the 1990′s after the liberalization of the gold import policy.

Today India is the world’s largest consumers of gold. In the first quarter of this year, total consumer demand in India soared 698% to 193.5 tonnes. The jewelry industry there contributes over 15% of the country’s total exports and provides employment to 1.3 million people directly and indirectly.

Penny stocks are a great way to get into gold investing. One of the more profitable investment choices is gold stocks. Investors can buy shares in junior gold companies relatively cheap and see staggering gains once the gold starts coming out of the ground.

A junior mining company is an exploration company that looks for new deposits of gold, silver, uranium or other precious minerals. These companies target properties that are believed to have significant potential for finding large mineral deposits.

The junior gold mining companies often see the greatest impact on their share prices, so much so that you don’t have to wait to invest until the gold is being produced. When a junior gold company is in the exploration phase and strikes gold, the share price soars.

Oil stocks

Hot oil stock

Precision Petroleum Corporation is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Precision’s objective is to seek out and develop opportunities in the oil and natural gas sectors that represent a low-risk opportunity. As well, Precision aims to define larger projects that can be developed with Joint Venture partners. We consider it one of the top oil stocks.

PPTO Closed @ .95 Today Up Another 4%.  We are near the critical breakout point of 1.00.

This move past $1.00 is coming and once it does we are going to see a move to the old high of $1.58. We see a stock price of $2.00 to $3.00 based on the expected new flow.  This is a huge potential gain for members who choose to enter the stock this coming week.

PPTO has been on an acquisition hunt and is building a solid portfolio of producing properties which are going to gain value as oil rises. PPTO is in Oklahoma and Montana with properties which have huge reserves and a long history of producing solid results.

The average well purchased by PPTO has a 15-year lifespan.  PPTO is setting up for the benefit of shareholders on both a short and long term basis.

This world is watching as oil gathers more speed and climbs past $58 dollars this week.

Oil is up 10% this week and up 70% from the low of $34 per barrel set in February.

Analyst sentiment is turning and we have the beginning of a move to the $70 per barrel level.

Big board oils stocks like Exxon are headed higher on the NYSE.

The trend with the big oil stocks always trickles down to the smaller more nimble players in the oil patch.

PPTO is SUPER CHEAP and has the proper business plan , size , and perspective to be successful in this new oil stock rally.

We think PPTO @ .95 will prove to be very cheap as the stock keeps moving to $1.58, then $2.00 and eventually $3.00+. This move will be news driven.  We have spoken to management on repeated occasions via conference call. They tell us to expect more acquisition news.

The jet fuel leak that has been slowly creeping off Kirtland Airforce Base, and contaminating Albuquerque’s water supply while it’s at it, is “massive.” So massive that it’s in the Exxon Valdez oil spill category, said Albuquerque Journal science writer John Fleck yesterday in a column. And state officials think it’s a very serious problem.

The numbers are in dispute, Fleck noted, with the air force claiming the spill is between one and two million gallons, but the state environment department claiming it’s an eight-million-gallon spill. By comparison, the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil in Alaska’s Prince Williams Sound in 1989.

The Kirtland jet fuel leak was discovered in 1999 but the problem began in the 1970s. It was only made public in 2008 when air force officials discovered it had migrated off the base into nearby groundwater. The fuel is sitting on top of groundwater, more than a foot deep in some areas.

Air Force officials downplayed the danger of the spill in 2008, saying that it would be cleaned up before it ever reached a drinking water well. But state environment department officials have a greater sense of urgency apparently.While there are 27 cases of contaminated groundwater in Bernalillo County, nothing comes close to the scale of the Kirtland jet fuel leak, and state officials want it cleaned up, said Fleck:

The urgency with which state regulators view the problem can be seen in an obscure but significant bureaucratic development last month. In an April 2 letter, the Environment Department informed the Air Force that jurisdiction over the fuel spill was being transferred from the state’s Groundwater Quality Bureau to the Hazardous Waste Bureau.

That might sound like boring organization chart stuff, but it has substantive implications. Groundwater regulators had little regulatory muscle to push the Air Force because of restrictions on their ability to tell federal agencies what to do. Not so the Hazardous Waste Bureau, which has broader legal authority to compel federal agencies to act to monitor and clean up spills.

The letter is an attempt to force the Air Force to drill more monitoring wells, to better characterize the extent of the contamination, to get a better handle on what the next steps in cleaning it up need to be.

“We need to know,” Bearzi said in an interview, “and we need to know now.”

Marijuana could be an exit drug, Will this help Marijuana stocks?

Marijuana could be an exit drug, Will this help marijuana stocks?

An often heard assertion about marijuana is that it’s a “gateway drug,” one that leads young people into using more dangerous drugs over time. But new research and programs are now examining its potential as an exit drug.

A recent study of a medical marijuana patients group found that a significant number of them were using the drug as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs

Forty percent have used cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, 26% as a substitute for illicit drugs and 66% as a substitute for prescription drugs. The most common reasons given for substituting were: less adverse side effects (65%), better symptom management (57%), and less withdrawal potential (34%) with cannabis.

The study reported in the Harm Reduction Journal focused more specifically on the use of marijuana as a treatment for alcoholism. A study of 92 medical marijuana patients using the drug as a substitute for alcohol found that marijuana was an effective treatment in 100 percent of the cases:

When addressing the efficacy of cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, all participants reported cannabis substitution as very effective (50%) or effective (50%). Ten percent of the patients reported being abstinent from alcohol for more than a year and attributed their success to cannabis. Twenty one percent of patients had a return of alcoholic symptoms when they stopped using cannabis. Reasons for stopping the cannabis use ranged from entering the armed forces to being arrested for using cannabis.

The use of marijuana as a “harm reduction” strategy in addiction and mental health services is being tested at the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA., in a program funded by the area’s largest medical marijuana dispensary. Harm Reduction Clinical Consultant Jennifer Janichek explained to the East Bay Express that harm reduction philosophy is that people will engage in risky behavior, so a focus should be on reducing the harm associated with those risks. Examples are needle exchanges, condom disbursements, and seat belt laws. And now, maybe “a little pot over a lot of OxyContin.”

This is yet another reason that there will be a push to legalize Marijuana. Most people believe it is just a matter of time. This may be why so many people are looking into investing in Marijuana stocks in hope to cash in big once it is legalized.

There are plenty of reason why people love pot stocks and love marijuana stocks. Don’t be surprised if Marijuana Stocks are next years bitcoin!

Solar Stocks

It’s
becoming increasingly popular… and could pay you as much as
$17,300 in the next 12 months.

There’s
a profitable–and yes legal way to run your electric meters
backwards� and it’s making some people quite a bit of
additional income.

You
see, on August 21, 2006, the government passed a law known as the
“SB-1 Energy Dividend Act.”

And
it allows homeowners to run their meters backwards.

Larry
Hagman — the actor who played J.R. Ewing on the hit drama series
Dallas — learned how to run his electric meter backwards in 2005.
He installed the system on his 42-acre avocado farm� and
has seen his electric bill fall from $37,000 per year to just $13!

All
across America, homeowners and businesses alike are slashing their
energy costs by switching to this new power system and running
their meters backwards.

According
to the Wall Street Journal, the number of homes running their
meter backwards nearly tripled between 2002 and 2006� going
from 2,805 to 7,446. Industry officials say these installations
will exceed 11,000 this year.

And
that’s why I’m writing to you today.

There’s
a small company in California that installs these systems.

In
fact, you can pick up shares for just $9. But not for long.

That’s
because this little-known company is so unique, it’s the only
publicly traded company of its kind. There’s nothing else out
there like it available to investors like you and me.

What
makes it so unique? Well it’s the only publicly-traded solar panel
installation company.

There
are a lot of publicly-traded companies that make solar panels like
First Solar, SunPower and Suntech. But this tiny $9 company is the
only one that actually comes to your home and installs the panels.

On
September 24, this small solar panel installation company finally
listed its shares for trading on the NASDAQ senior exchange. penny stocks news

Prior
to that, it traded on the OTC bulletin board, where it didn’t get
a lot of attention from Wall Street or John Q. Investor.

In
the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that I
recommended this stock in my trading service last year. I got my
traders into the stock for a measly $3 a share.

Today?

Well,
when the stock moved to the NASDAQ, it shot up to hit a record
high of $9!

My
traders are sitting on a gain of 200%.

And
now that this solar stock is trading on the widely-followed
NASDAQ, it has matured from a speculative trade to a long-term
investment.

Why?

Because
now that it’s on the NASDAQ, big institutional investors like Bear
Stearns and Goldman Sachs can buy this stock easily.

And
the buying has begun. On the first day the stock traded on the
NASDAQ, volume for this little puppy was over 1 million shares.
That’s massive, considering the stock’s average daily volume was
just 175,000!

On
the second day?

Another
million shares.

But
this is just the beginning, trust me.

And
for good reason. Solar is the new oil. It’s an energy source
that’s abundant, clean and it never runs out. The price of solar
energy has come down… and it’ll soon be competitive with oil,
gas and coal.

That’s
why big investment institutions are lining up to buy this stock
just like they did with First Solar and SunPower. These solar
companies have exploded to the upside as investors have rushed the
doors in an effort to participate in the hottest technology in
alternative energy. Here are the charts for these two stocks:(SPWR) & (FSLR)

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 Penny Stocks And SEC Regulations

Penny stocks are stocks that have low value and they are commonly sold outside the stock exchanges. All stocks which are sold on the stock exchanges have to meet some regulations. The penny stocks are usually sold over the counter and have high risk. But, if you are a beginner in the capital market it will be easier for you to start with penny stocks because of their small value although the risk of losing the money is higher than investing in stocks which are sold on the stock exchanges such as NYSE and NASDAQ.

All trading of stocks on the stock exchange is monitored by SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) and this commission has the task to protect the interest of all people involved in trading. Securities and Exchange Commission frames rules and guidelines for the proper functioning of stock exchanges. SEC has a role in facilitating the capital formation on the market and also takes oversight of fair trading.

Penny stocks are not approved nor disapproved by SEC. There is nothing illegal in trading with penny stocks, but the trade of penny stocks is outside of the NYSE, NASDAQ or any other stock exchange in the US. The penny stocks are traded over the counter and out of regulations of SEC.

However, the Securities and Exchange Commission tries to control the trading with penny stocks.  How does the SEC control the trading of penny stocks if they are not sold on stock exchanges? The broker or dealer hired by the person or company who wants to sell penny stocks will confirm that his client is to sell them. Before the transaction, the broker should have this written request from his client.

The broker should also give a document to the client in which it is stated the desire of his client to buy penny stocks from a company. In this document, it should be stated the risk the client is taking when investing in penny stocks. Also, SEC rules that the broker is obligated to inform the buyer of penny stocks about the commission he will be charged. The client furthermore will be informed of the market rate of penny stocks and variations in price during the time.

At the end of every month, as SEC rules, the broker is obligated to give to its client a monthly statement with market rates of the stocks he has bought. The brokers find it mandatory to follow the rules of SEC otherwise they will be punished. By enforcing these regulations, the SEC is able to be controlling the penny stocks market and trading. In this way, the risk for buyers of penny stocks is somewhat lower and this is the reason for the involvement of the SEC; to make penny stock trading as safe as possible.

 

Over the counter penny stock info

 

Over the counter stocks typically fall into two categories: they are companies that have been delisted from one of the major exchanges or small-cap start-up companies that do not yet qualify for a listing on the major exchanges. Bid and ask prices for OTC stocks can be found on ‘Pink Sheets’ and the OTC Bulletin Board. The asking price for a penny or OTC stock is simply the price the stockholder would like to receive. The bid price is the offer price made by investors, and OTC sellers or market makers can accept the bid price, refuse it, or ask a new price for the stock. As an investor, you can then choose to purchase the stock or pass it up.

OTC Research

Penny stocks do not have a specific definition, but the majority of investors classify them as stocks that trade under $5. Also known as microcap stocks, penny or OTC stocks are also more difficult to research because they typically do not publish as much statistical data as stocks listed on the major stock exchanges.

In general, these companies are smaller or have experienced recent problems. Therefore, you need to research each company you are interested in by using the OTC Research Corporation, which can be found at www.otcgsw.com, or other valid references in order to find projections, operational results, and expert opinions on the potential of an OTC stock and the company it represents.

Open a Brokerage Account

After performing your due diligence and choosing a potential growth stock, the next step to trade OTC stocks is to open a brokerage account. You can either choose a full-service broker or an online discount broker to facilitate your investments. However, you should know that not all brokers provide trading for OTC stocks, so you must ensure the broker you choose allows OTC trading beforehand. After selecting a broker, he or she will work directly with the market maker to ensure the successful completion of the transaction.

After placing a market order with your broker of choice, the broker then contacts the market maker of the respective security, who will provide the broker with a quote of the asking price they would be willing to sell the stock at. It’s important to note that you can constantly monitor the bid and ask quotes through the OTC Bulletin Board, or OTCBB.

Since it was a market order, the broker must accept the quoted price. After accepting the asking price, or after a market maker accepts your bid price, the broker will then transfer the funds to the account of the market maker, who will then credit the broker with the respective stocks. As an investor, you also have the ability to place a limit or stop orders on OTC stocks to operate within your risk management parameters. You will experience a similar process whenever you choose to sell an OTC stock.

Considerations

While investing in a penny or Over The Counter stocks may seem like a rather simple way to exponentially increase the size of your trading account, it’s important to keep in mind that they are more volatile and riskier than stocks listed on the major exchanges. In most cases, OTC stocks are offered by extremely small companies with market caps of $50 million or less. Since these companies publish much less information than large companies on the NYSE or NASDAQ, they are also much less liquid, which may make it more difficult to find a buyer.

Due to the lack of information regarding OTC stocks, you should perform as much research as possible before purchasing one of these stocks. Ideally, you should only use brokers that actually own and specialize in penny stocks, because they provide added liquidity and are more familiar with the differences between OTC stocks and major stocks listed on the exchanges.

Companies offering OTC stocks should be thoroughly evaluated to learn whether or not they are fundamentally sound, have outstanding growth potential, or have addressed the former problems that may have led to them being de-listed. Before executing a buy order, review their financial data, especially their working capital, earnings per share, cash flow, and book value.

Practice Makes Perfect

If you are new to the world of penny stocks and the over-the-counter process, you should practice trading these types of stocks beforehand. Fortunately, there are numerous online virtual trading programs that offer you the ability to trade stocks, options, and futures without incurring any financial risk. As you become more familiar with the world of OTC trading, you will begin seeing the vast opportunities that exist right before your eyes.

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Teacup pig was the number one shared thing on Digg

When we first launched Digg the social share site there were several things that went viral. Different viral videos and different funny memes. One of the most shocking things was pictures of teacup pigs. For some reason, these little guys captured the hearts of many people. There has been a long growing debate on whether or not these micro teacup pigs actually exist or not. From the research, we have done there seem to be some teacup pigs that actually do say smaller but most end up larger and the size of pot belly pigs. This trend came over from the Europe. They have even been featured in an in a Chase bank commercial. That commercial aired during the Olympics and we saw a huge spike in teacup pig interest. This will be interesting to watch. Will pigs someday be as common as cats and dogs as pets? They seem to be taking off in Asia right now.

Update: We forgot to mention Micro pig is a phrase we also connected to teacup pig.  There is a lot of hype and people love their pigs. Everyone who owns a pig seems to be impressed by their intelligence. They really are an amazing animal. Very intelligent. They can walk around parks. They are really good with a child as well.

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A Version 1 preview

We have finally realized our dream of Digg and we have taken the last 6 weeks to hustle and rebuild the website from scratch.  Here is a sneak peek.

We plan to have Digg to be a real time example of what the internet is talking about. It needs to be fully responsive and interactive to everyone that visits it. We asked people in a survey why the visit websites like Digg. The majority of them do it to find and share great stories that they can’t find elsewhere in any other community. Here are our 4 goals:

  1. We want everything to be easy to read, find, and share the most talked about stories that are getting internet buzz.
  2. The user needs to experience something that is quick and easy to read. We want people to be able to browse share and easily come back to us.
  3. We want to build a unique experience that is compatible with each device. This way users will see stories on smartphones, email, and in social media.
  4. We want the stories to be easily shared on all social formats.

The old days of internet headlines just don’t work with stories that are bigger and have more impact on certain people. Not every story can be told the same way. Some stories are better told through video, Some stories are better through text, and some stories an image is worth a thousand words. We that in mind we have set out to design Digg. We are glad we made the decision to not launch Digg as IPO penny stock company.

Here are a few of our design mock ups. rethinkdigg digg

Here is a closer look at what we started with on our proposal. diggingit

 

The final version will be complete and ready for launch shortly. When you visit our site, you will find an amazing user-friendly experience. We won’t have a tradition website. We will bring something new to the internet so everyone has a great experience. No more boring newsrooms websites. You will bring the top stories and well as what is popular and upcoming to our users and visitors.

 

It will take awhile for us to get our commenting system up and running. We find that there are too many spam comments going around. So it will take longer to get up and rolling right.

 

We will be adjusting the Digg score. We will be focusing more on Facebook shares and Twitter shares to help find which stories are trending. No more walls. We want Digg to provide experiences that can interact with any site on the internet. Digg Scores will not only factor from our own site but also Facebook and Twitter. We will be able to process data to come up with accurate Digg scores.

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We learned a unique system of measuring from news.me which we will implement for the Digg score. We find that this new way of doing things has led to users reading stories multiple times in one day. After six weeks and our initial launch, we will be back to ask your opinions.