Q2 Performance Update: 10 Clean Energy Stocks for 2009

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The Obama Effect continues to make my annual ten picks shine.

Tom Konrad, Ph.D., CFA

This is the second performance update on my 10 Clean Energy Stocks for 2009In the first quarter, the model portfolio was up a tiny 1.6%, but still managed to beat the benchmarks handily (by 8% and 9%), since they were both down significantly.

In the last three months, the market has turned around, logging significant gains, but my ten picks have continued to outperform.

Company  Ticker

Change 12/27/08 to 7/2/09

Dividend & Interest

The Algonquin Power Income Trust AGQNF.PK +64.97% 8.17%
Cree, Inc. CREE +59.96%  
First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF FAN 21.88% 0.46%
General Electric GE -28.24% 3.88%
Johnson Controls JCI 22.14% 1.53%
New Flyer Industries NFYIF.PK +26.23% 5.98%
Ormat ORA +33.27% 0.44%
Trinity Industries TRN -21.97% 0.93%
Warterfurnace Renewable Energy WFIFF.PK +17.77% 2.16%
-2x  S&P Depository Receipts + 3x Cash (was SDS until Feb 13) 3x $ – 2x SPY  -14.45% -0.16%
Total Portfolio  27.05%


S&P 500 2.59%
  iShares S&P Global Clean Energy Index (ICLN) 13.95%

In the second quarter, the portfolio has added 16.5% relative to the broad market index, and 4.1% relative to the clean energy ETF, for a total of 24.5% and 13.1% out performance for the first half.

I continue to attribute my out performance to the Obama Effect, and the fact that clean energy has been outperforming the market as a whole supports this hypothesis.  If it’s not just luck, the reason I’ve been beating the clean energy ETF is also probably due to the Obama effect: my pick are concentrated on sectors which are not only green, but likely to deliver the biggest boost to jobs.

My Trades

As readers are well aware, I don’t expect market gains to continue, and have been moving into cash.  I got called out of most of my Cree position, as well as a little of my FAN, shed much of my Ormat position as well, and managed to lighten up on GE when it hit $14.50, but I still like all four companies, and will buy again when I feel the price is right.  The others I’ve been holding, although I sold some calls on Johnson Controls.  

If I had to buy any of these stocks today, it would be Trinity.  

Despite all this trading, I’m keeping this model portfolio as it is.  I expect these 10 to continue to outperform, even if (as I expect) both the market and this model portfolio head down in the third quarter.

Up Next

Stay tuned for updates on my Ten Clean Energy Gambles for 2009 (now slightly outperforming the benchmarks – Q1 update here) and my Quick Clean Energy Mutual Fund Tracking Portfolio (building on previous gigantic gains – Q1 update here) as these come up on 6 months after the articles were published.

DISCLOSURE: The author and/or his clients own AGQNF, CREE, FAN, GE, JCI, NFYIF, ORA, TRN, WFIFF.

DISCLAIMER: The information and trades provided here are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to buy or sell any of these securities. Investing involves substantial risk and you should evaluate your own risk levels before you make any investment. Past results are not an indication of future performance. Please take the time to read the full disclaimer here.



  1. With the recent news of Algonquin Power Income Trust getting together with Hydrogenics do you think Algonquin remains a steady name in cleantech. I am a little wary of moving into a hydrogen power name.

  2. The two companies are only getting together in name… Algonquin is getting a new legal structure (which they wanted) and a nice tax benefit. Hydrogenics is getting some cash. Othere than that, as far as I can tell, there isn’t any sort of business tie-up.
    In other words, yes, this is a good deal for Algonquin, and I don’t think they are getting into hydrogen.


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