First Solar (FSLR) — This large-cap solar company produces solar modules using a proprietary thin-film semiconductor technology. Although S&P Capital IQ analysts expect profit margins to narrow this year, they look for a pronounced expansion of margins in 2015. And with increased bookings, they forecast earnings of $2.62 per share in 2014 and $4.55 in 2015. Their 12-month price target is $84.
Technically FSLR has formed a huge seven-month consolidation in the form of a “W” or reverse head-and-shoulders formation. Overall pressure on Nasdaq stocks could drive shares to their 50-day moving average at $67.29, which is our buy point.
A breakout from the March closing high at $73.87 will produce a trading target of $80.