News headlines about First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Solar earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the solar cell manufacturer an impact score of 45.4297375995865 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) traded up $1.70 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $64.22. 1,730,000 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,220,000. The stock has a market cap of $6,710.00, a P/E ratio of -15.44 and a beta of 2.08. First Solar has a 52 week low of $25.56 and a 52 week high of $76.61. The company has a quick ratio of 6.47, a current ratio of 6.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on FSLR shares. ValuEngine downgraded shares of First Solar from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Needham & Company LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $65.00 target price on shares of First Solar in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Roth Capital set a $70.00 target price on shares of First Solar and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Solar from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $68.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Vetr raised shares of First Solar from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $64.01 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $66.60.

In other First Solar news, CEO Mark R. Widmar sold 20,270 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.40, for a total transaction of $1,305,388.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 100,754 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,488,557.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, COO Philip Dejong sold 15,304 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.83, for a total transaction of $1,038,070.32. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 10,424 shares in the company, valued at approximately $707,059.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 46,858 shares of company stock worth $3,134,015 in the last ninety days. 0.58% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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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