SPWR Earnings – SunPower Shows Why It Trades at a Premium

On April 26 SunPower (SPWR – Last trade $59.55) reported knockout Q1 results. This was the first quarter that SPWR reported results consolidated with PowerLight following its January 10th acquisition. The company reported EPS of $0.29/share, blowing away the street's estimate of $0.19/share (a lower tax rate allowed for EPS upside to the quarter). Non-GAAP…

Sustainability 101

In simple terms, sustainability is defined as achieving economic prosperity while simultaneously leaving no impact on the planet. Our planet would be no worse off after this prosperity is achieved than before. With all the environmental and geopolitical events surrounding us today, sustainability has become a focus of much of the private sector and has also become a buzzword…

Toyota Takes the Lead

Photo: hobbes8calvin, Creative Commons, Flickr A wise man once said that there's a first time for everything. Apparently the old adage holds true in the automotive industry as Toyota edged out General Motors in first quarter car sales for the first time in history. Industry analysts saw it coming as early as 2005, so the…

Greenhorn Investor (II): Coming to Terms

Episode II Going Back to Basics: Coming to Terms Neubert’s a pretty busy guy, what with running a magazine, sitting on various boards, promoting, writing articles… and of course, managing his portfolio, so right off I need to accept the fact that I cant just go running to him every time I have a question:…

PBS’s “Hot Politics”

On Tuesday, April 24, I went to a screening of a PBS Frontline episode on global warming at Goldcrest Post Screening Room. The title of the show was “Hot Politics,” and the show examined why the US government has failed to take appropriate measures to combat the issue of global warming.

Looking for (Mis)Guidance in SRI?

Earlier this month Joe Nocera of The New York Times (NYT) published an article entitled “Well-Meaning But Misguided Stock Screens” about the socially responsible investment (SRI) industry.  He argues not that SRI produces lower financial returns – in fact, asserting that many funds have done well or even outperformed non-SRI funds – but that they…

The 100 MPG Question

Nine months ago, Popular Mechanics wondered aloud why the automotive industry couldn't develop a car that could get 100 miles to the gallon.  While progressive-minded individuals have reached triple digits on occasion by mixing solar energy with a traditional powertrain, no automaker has taken the initiative to mass produce an eco-friendly and reliable model.  The…

ESLR – Good News, But Not Good Enough

On April 17, Evergreen Solar (ESLR – Last trade $10.72) announced a polysilicon supply contract with Korean company DC Chemical. Some analysts have been skeptical about the true costs and benefits of the supply contract and, with earnings from the supply contract not expected to have an impact until 2009, impatient traders have dumped the…

Hitting Drivers Where It Hertz

Ever wondered how you'd ever get around without a rental car on long road trips or when your vacation destination doesn't have a subway system?  More families and budget-conscious travelers may have to find out for themselves as Avis and Hertz continue to raise rental car prices that have already escalated almost 20% in the last two…

Owning a Pro Sports Franchise

Remember when you used to dream about taking the field for your favorite professional sports team?  You spent hours in the backyard rehearsing how you'd come through in clutch situations, neglecting the homework you'd never need to do anyway once you signed your first big contract.  Unfortunately for most of us, the dream faded relatively…

Women of the Fortune 1000

Photo: Stewf , Creative Commons, Flickr  Last week, Fortune put out its 2007 rankings of America's largest companies. The good news?  More women are in charge this year than in 2006.  The bad news?  The number of women in charge of Fortune 1000 companies is pathetically low.  However, they are leading a more diverse mix…

Earth Day Resolutions (and Transgressions)

In honor of Earth Day, here is a list of 50 things we can do to stop global warming. Feel free to brag about all the ways in which you save the world from imminent destruction, as well as the ways in which you are an environmentally irresponsible monster (I'll start):

The Imus Effect

Unless you've turned off your TV or sworn off the Internet for the past couple of weeks, you probably know about the recent Don Imus controversy.  If you haven't heard about it, the long-time radio shock jock made an off-hand comment on the air about the Rutgers women's basketball team, referring to the predominantly African-American…

DSTI – Common Sense is Not So Common

It still makes no economic sense to install a solar power system for your home, but solar stocks continue to skyrocket higher and higher. Given that we are still a few years away from feasible solar power, are the gains being made on solar stocks justified? Will investors get (sun)burnt by a solar bubble?

Who Are The Panelists?

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The Automotive Big Three: What Really Went Wrong?

It is no mystery that America’s Big 3 automakers are in critical condition right now, they have clearly entered uncharted waters. Foreign automakers, particularly from Japan, have weighed down on the Big 3’s former stronghold on the global auto industry and are now posing serious threats to become the new leaders. Since 2005, net losses…