UPDATE: Goldman Sachs Upgrades First Solar to Buy on Good Upside
In a report published Thursday, Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Lee upgraded the rating on First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) from Neutral to Buy, and raised the price target from $43.00 to $64.00.
In the report, Goldman Sachs noted, “While FSLR shares are up sharply YTD (up 68% vs. the S&P 500 +16%), we see another 24% upside to our new $64, 12-month price target, and we upgrade shares to Buy from Neutral. As the debate around longer-term earnings power continues among many First Solar investors, we see an attractive opportunity on improved near-term visibility against the backdrop of negative sentiment – particularly as we see First Solar increasingly transforming into a free cash flow story. To this end, we see execution on an industry-leading 2.5GW backlog of predominantly North American projects positioning First Solar to generate $5-$6 of free cash flow per share annually through 2015.”
First Solar closed on Wednesday at $51.76.
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