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Canadian Solar Energy Is On the Move

11/22/13 11:07:19 AM
by Matt Blackman

In the last year, CSIQ jumped more than 4000%. To paraphrase the great Winston Churchill, is this the end, the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning for this solar powerhouse?

Security:   CSIQ
Position:   N/A

Catching a 2 or 3 bagger to double or triple your money is exciting enough in the trading business. Catching a 40-bagger is a rare thrill indeed, but it is the reward that the fortunate trader who bought and held Canadian Solar Energy (CSIQ) between November 2012 and November 2013 would have enjoyed.

So has this stock got more room to run or is it due for a correction?

Figure 1 Weekly chart of Canadian Solar Energy (CSIQ) showing highs and lows in the last 5 years together with the forecasted Growth Rate (GRT), forecasted annual Earnings per Share (EPS) and the Price/Earnings Ratio (PE).
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As we learned with companies like Tesla, which also experienced a strong parabolic move between November 2012 and October 2013 only to see the stock drop more than 35% in November, there are limits to how high a stock can rise before it needs a rest.

One difference between the two stocks is that CSIQ has seen much higher levels before when it traded north of $48 in June 2008. Another is the fact that CSIQ earned $0.56/share in the latest quarter while Telsa lost $0.32. Both companies have similar gross operating profit and gross margins per share but CSIQ wins hands down in the valuation department with a meager price-to-book of $3.92 versus Telsa's sky-high P/B of $26.32.

And as we see in Figure 2, CSIQ forecasted EPS and growth rate (GRT) were about the same in late November 2013 as they were back in 2008 when the stock was trading at $48 — according to data from (Figure 2).

Figure 2 Weekly chart of CSIQ showing 7 years of data that includes the all-time high of $48.18 during the week of June 20, 2008.
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But as any trader worth his or her salt knows, fundamentals really don't matter as much in the short term — it's the technicals that get you in and out of trades. As we see in Figure 3, CSIQ is in consolidation mode with long-term trendline support around $27 (blue line) and short-term support at $29.25 (not shown).

Figure 3 Daily CSIQ chart showing trendline support around $27.50 in late November 2013.
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Assuming this support holds, the market rally keeps going and solar stocks remain in the spotlight, CSIQ still may have a way to run before it is forced to take a Tesla-like breather.

Matt Blackman

Matt Blackman is a full-time technical and financial writer and trader. He produces corporate and financial newsletters, and assists clients in getting published in the mainstream media. He is the host of Matt has earned the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation. Find out what stocks and futures Matt is watching on Twitter at

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