Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Monday, December 06, 2010

Fed's overworked printing presses break down

"An official familiar with the situation told CNBC that 1.1 billion of new $100 bills have been printed, but they are unusable because of a creasing problem in which paper folds over during production, revealing a blank unlinked portion of the bill face.

A second person familiar with the situation said that at the height of the problem, as many as 30 percent of the bills rolling off the printing press included the flaw, leading to the production shut down.

The total face value of the unusable bills, $110 billion, represents more than ten percent of the entire supply of US currency on the planet, which a government source said is $930 billion in banknotes. For now, the unusable bills are stored in the vaults in "cash packs" of four bundles of 4,000 each, with each pack containing 16,000 bills.

Officials don't know exactly what caused the problem. "There is something drastically wrong here," a person familiar with the situation said. "The frustration level is off the charts."" -source

Well at least they've recognized that there's a problem. The first step to any addition is to admit that you have a problem right?

Sunday, December 05, 2010

JA Solar (JASO) looks better than ever

As you know, I've been a fan of JA Solar since they did their IPO in 2007 but my opinion of the stock has varied with he times and the charts. I've kept a close eye on JASO ever since it broke out of its two year range in September, nearly doubling in price over two months. Since that peak JASO has sold off with the sector after a sharp decline in crude bringing JASO back to the breakout point for a perfect buying opportunity. Volume was strong on the initial breakout so I'd expect it to follow through (upward) from here. One word of caution on this chart, the stochastics look bearish and the CCI is giving a sell signal.

I'm no value investor by any stretch of the imagination but with a PE of under 7 and a PEG of 0.34 (five year expected) JASO looks like the cheapest growth stock on the planet. They just signed a massive five year 10GW polysilicon supply deal which is roughly equal to the annual total global production of solar cells. They certainly don't seem to be in any kind of trouble and are planning ahead for the long run, why such a low valuation? Since solar is really a call option on future energy prices, we have to check out crude:

Crude rallied to a new two year high at the close Friday, no issues there. You can draw your own conclusions about this situation. Other issues I like in the solar space are FSLR and the TAN etf.

Disclosure: I am long JASO calls.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010