Chinese Solar Stocks Are Plunging!

| June 5, 2013

solarA couple of weeks ago, I warned you that high flying Chinese solar stocks were poised for a fall.  It was all but certain the European Union would impose anti-dumping sanctions on these companies in early June. 

And as a result, I urged you to lock in your gains on these stocks immediately.

Hopefully, you took my advice.

This morning the EU announced it will indeed impose tariffs – some as high as 67.9% – starting tomorrow.  The duties are meant to punish certain Chinese solar panel manufacturers who have been selling their products in the EU at prices well below their fair market value.

The practice better known as “dumping”.

EU investigators found that over 100 Chinese solar companies have been selling solar panels at 88% below fair market value on average.  And a few companies have been caught selling their solar products with dumping margins as high as 112.6%!

As I predicted… Chinese solar stocks are plunging on the news.

JA Solar (JASO) is feeling the most pain as it’s down 9.5% so far today.  Suntech Power (STP) and Trina Solar (TSL) aren’t too far behind with intra-day losses of 8% and 6% respectively.  And a number of other Chinese solar stocks are also dropping like stones… Yingli Green Energy (YGE) -5.8%, LDK Solar (LDK) -5.6%, China Sunergy (CSUN) -4.1%, and JinkoSolar (JKS) -2.8%.

The worst part is… this could be just the beginning of a major move lower for these stocks.

In fact, the only thing keeping Chinese solar stocks from dropping off a cliff is that the EU decided to phase in the tariffs.  For the next two months, the anti-dumping duty will be just 11.8%.  However, starting on August 6th, those duties will increase to anywhere from 37.2% to 67.9%.

And there’s no doubt these sanctions will have a negative effect.

According to the EU, solar panels imported from China represented over 80% of the European market in 2011 and 2012.  As prices for these products are pushed higher by the anti-dumping tariffs, demand for them is certain to decline in favor of cheaper products made by European solar companies. 

As Europe accounts for about 75% of the global solar market, this will be a major blow for Chinese solar companies.  

What’s more, there may be further sanctions coming down the pike. 

The EU is currently investigating allegations that the Chinese government is subsidizing Chinese solar companies.  If the EU finds that these companies are benefiting from unfair government subsidies, it could impose a separate set of tariffs on Chinese solar products.

The EU is expected to release its findings from this investigation by August 5th.  And the deadline for imposing any anti-subsidy duties is August 7th.

Profitably Yours,

Robert Morris 

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Robert Morris is the editor of Penny Stock All Stars, an investment advisory focused on discovering small-cap and micro-cap stocks that are destined to become the market's next Blue Chips. The Wall Street veteran and small-cap stock specialist is also a regular contributor to Penny Stock Research. Every week, Robert shares his thoughts with our readers on a variety of penny stock-related topics.