There was an interesting post in Barron’s tech trader daily on Monday discussing how solar PV stocks are coming under pressure, in part because product prices are falling further than expected. About a month ago, I discussed the potential return effect for households in given states of removing the $2,000 ITC cap. Such measures, it seems, are failing to kickstart demand, and solar recovery might end up being significantly slower than many had been expecting.
Case in point, since hitting a high of $11.49 on June 11, the TAN ETF is down about 12%. KWT, for its part, hit a high of $17.35 on June 10 and is down 11% since. The S&P 500, in comparison, is down about 4% from its June 12 high. While both TAN and KWT are up >30% on the S&P 500 over the past six months, neither is up on the benchmark index over the past 12 months.
I took a long position in TAN in early March at $5.00 when an automatic buy order I had had on it for a while kicked in. At the time, I stated:
This is still very much my belief. I took some profit at $10.00 when an automatic sell order kicked in, and I’ll gladly purchase a little more if it goes back down substantially. It must be said, however, that I use sell orders at set return levels to protect profit and not in an attempt to time the market.
Overall, those who are investing in one the two solar ETFs today and hanging on will be happy they did so two years from now and beyond. The road there, however, will be fraught with volatility.
DISCLOSURE: The author is long TAN.