Aug 4, 2014

Top 10: Solar Stocks to Watch This Week

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The solar industry had a rough Friday, with many stocks dropping below 3 percent. Here are the solar stocks to watch this week as the market hopes to...

The solar industry had a rough Friday, with many stocks dropping below 3 percent. Here are the solar stocks to watch this week as the market hopes to rebound:


RGS Energy, formerly Real Goods Solar, took a major hit on Friday, dropping 5.38 percent to $2.11. The company is currently on the rebound, though it’s nowhere close to making up its losses. Still, any upward trend is better than a continued plummet.

9. First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR)

First Solar dropped off a bit Friday, slipping 1.17 percent to $61.03. However, the company is back up this morning, sitting at $62.68 at last check. A deal with Japan’s XSOL is helping the company along.

8. SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY)

SolarCity also took a hit Friday, dropping 2.4 percent to $69.81. The company hasn’t quite recovered, but has regained some ground with stocks sitting at $69.40 currently. The trend could continue upward as the company names Brad Buss as its Chief Financial Officer and they report their Q2 earnings later this week.

7. SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE)

SunEdison fell percent on Friday, ending at $19.47. The company remains down Monday morning, sitting at $19.23 at last check. Analysts blame the low price on the company’s Q1 underperformance.

6. SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR)

SunPower’s stock plummeted 6.45 percent on Friday to $34.36. Its weak Q3 outlook is to blame, though it’s managed to beat analyst’s expectations—just barely. The company is even more down today, trading at $33.53 at last check.

5. Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ)

Canadian Solar had an very disappointing Friday with stocks sinking 5.45 percent to $23.60. The company is on the rebound today, though, trading up at $24.04 at last check. The fall came on the heels of SunPower’s stock drop.

4. Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL)

Trina Solar gained ground Monday morning as it began trading up. Currently sitting at $10.78 at last check, the outlook for the Chinese company for the rest of the week is a positive one.

3. JA Solar Holdings (NASDAQ:JASO)

As with several other solar companies Friday, JA Solar lost ground with SunPower. Today, however, they’re holding it together and trading up (just slightly). The Chinese company also lost ground as a recent court victory made solar installation in the U.S. much more difficult for Chinese companies across the board.

2. JinkoSolar Holding Co, Ltd. (NYSE:JKS)

JinkoSolar isn’t looking great Monday, down 1.59 percent. However, its slated to release its Q2 earnings report sometime before the opening of U.S. markets on August 18, so the outlook for the stock could change dramatically soon.

1. Yingli Green Energy Hold. Co. Ltd. (NYSE:YGE)

After a two week string of gains, Yingli’s stock fell sharply. Yingli is currently in a tough spot, and is still down this morning, currently trading at $3.13, down 1.57 percent. It remains to be seen if Yingli can make up its losses this week, or even into next week. 

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Mar 20, 2020

Top 10 ways to prepare for COVID-19

Georgia Wilson
3 min
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s To...

Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management. 

As the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, many businesses are left uncertain as to whether their risk mitigation plan is sufficient. 

In a recent webinar conducted by the research and advisory firm just 12% of 1,500 people believe that their business is highly prepared for the impact of COVID-19, while 56% believed themselves to be somewhat prepared, and 11% believed themselves to be very unprepared. 

“Most organizations have done some pandemic planning but still have many unanswered questions about whether they have done everything they can to manage risks,” says Jim Mello, Senior Director, Advisory, Gartner. 

Establish a preparedness framework

Establish a team that represents all critical business functions. These people will report directly to executive management and are responsible for prioritising the importance of business activities and organise them in tiers for response and recovery.

Monitor the situation

It is important to ensure that organisations monitor the rate in which the infection is spreading and its severity. Many rely on the World Health Organisation for information.

Revise finance

Be sure to revise revenue forecasts and communicate with investors, as well as suppliers in regards to any potential finance issues. It is important to ensure that the business has the working capital to ride it out. 

Ways to ensure this include: working capital checks, seeking loans or government-sponsored financial relief.

Extend personal hygiene and cleaning protocols

It is important to comply with any changes to workplace regulations. In addition, it is important to establish protocols for staff returning from infected areas, as well as extending existing hygiene activities.

Review HR 

Ensure close monitoring of absenteeism rates for signs of problems. It is important to identify critical staff in order to make sure the company can continue to function in their absence and be prepared for up to 40% absentee rates.

In addition to reviewing HR policies and procedures, it is important to maintain a level of sensitivity when it comes to engaging with employees and workplace preferences. 


Establish a communication programme

People can feel out of the loop quickly. Establish a spokesperson appropriate for the situation who can maintain lines of communication. In addition, organisations should establish pre-approved messages and scripts for various stakeholders.

Review the impact on the operation

Although this may seem overwhelming, the team established to represent all critical business functions should identify key areas to consider. It is important to maintain a connection with the reality on the ground in countries affected.

Key questions to consider: is transport functioning? Have holidays been extended? Where can operation continue and where do they need to stop?

Review IT 

IT business functions tend to be relatively well-prepared for business continuity. However, it is important to assess the supply chain for critical equipment and keep extra inventory if required.

In addition, organisations should keep in mind remote data centre management and cloud options for critical systems as well as enabling remote working programs and rescheduling any non-essential IT work prioritising key applications. 

Review pandemic plans to identify any gaps in response

Conduct a preparedness exercise by validating roles and responsibilities as well as recovery requirements and procedures, in order to identify any gaps in the recover capabilities and resource needs.

Review after-action

Following the establishment of a pandemic plan, identify three lessons learned, key observations or improvements for the exercise. After establishing these organisations should priorities the short and long term follow up actions.

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