What's Going On With These Solar Stocks?

April 14, 2016 12:47 pm
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Solar stocks are trading all over the place Thursday, with Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE: VSLR) having dropped 1.26 percent from $3.33 to $2.65 in the morning session, Sunedison Inc (NYSE: SUNE) up more than 67 percent on the day, TerraForm Power Inc (NASDAQ: TERP) have dropped over 1 percent from the day’s high of $10.63 to $9.84, and TerraForm Global Inc (NASDAQ: GLBL) up 1.52 percent on the day despite a more than 1 percent drop earlier in the day as well.

TerraForm Global: Up 1.89 Percent At $2.69 TerraForm Global 1-day chart

TerraForm Power: Down 0.90 Percent At $9.93 TerraForm Power 1-day chart

SunEdison: Up ~70 Percent At $0.621 SunEdison 1-day chart

Vivint Solar: Flat On The Day At $2.00 Vivint 1-day chart

Related Link: SunEdison Is The Most Popular Short For 2 Weeks In A Row; Analysts Call It "Unusual"

Solars On The Move

SunEdison’s move has been attributed to the conclusion of its board of directors audit committee and independent directors’ investigation.

”The committee concluded it found no identified material misstatements in the company’s historical financial statements and no substantial evidence to support a finding of fraud or willful misconduct of management,” Benzinga reported earlier Thursday.

According to PV Magazine, “Findings of investigation by audit committee and independent directors attribute blame for failed Vivint Solar acquisition on ex-employee; critical of SunEdison’s optimistic financial reporting and uncontrolled cash forecasting process.”

”The ongoing financial troubles bedeviling U.S. renewable energy firm SunEdison can be laid squarely at the feet of the company’s ‘overly optimistic’ management,” PV Magazine’s Ian Clover elaborated. “The investigation also found that a non-executive employee of SunEdison, since fired, was guilty of ‘wrongdoing’ in regards [to] the failed merger and acquisition of Vivint Solar, a deal that collapsed earlier this year after months of wrangling.”

In addition to the Vivint Solar-SunEdison situation, TerraForm Global, a subsidiary of SunEdison, has also filed a lawsuit against SunEdison. TerraForm Power is also a yieldco of SunEdison, just as TerraForm Global is. Because of the intertwined relationships between the four companies, Thursday’s moves are logically interrelated.

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