SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

March 25, 2011 07:35 ET

Solar the Likely Beneficiary of a Safe Global Energy Strategy

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on LDK Solar & Yingli Green Energy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 25, 2011) - After being marred in uncertainty for most of 2011, solar stocks have been on the upswing in recent weeks as Japan's tragic nuclear crisis has led investors away from nuclear stocks and towards alternative energy plays such as solar. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in the Solar Industry and provides research reports on LDK Solar Co. (NYSE: LDK) and Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. (NYSE: YGE). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Japan's devastating earthquake may impact solar in both the short and the long term. Japan accounts for around 10 percent of total solar production, and in the near term there will be a reduction in supply of polysilicon, solar wafers, cells and modules from Japanese manufacturers that have been idled.

In the longer term, alternative energy bulls are hopeful that solar will be a direct beneficiary of a shift in Japan's energy strategy. Last week Jefferies analyst Jesse Pichel argued in a research note that solar power could help Japan deal with the nuclear facility shutdowns. Pichel claims the country could add a significant amount of photovoltaic power over the next few months.

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Last week LDK Solar said that it swung to a fourth-quarter profit as the solar wafer manufacturer posted growth in shipments and revenue, while gross margins were sharply higher. The company said profits totaled $145.2 million, or $1.09 per share, compared to a loss of $24.3 million, or $0.22 per share in the year earlier period.

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