ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) led the charts today thanks to a buy recommendation for one of the sector’s largest players.

Goldman Sachs just added First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) to its buy list, citing the company’s efforts at cuttings costs and reducing its exposure to debt-laden European markets.

The upgrade, says Murray Coleman at Barron’s, in turn lifted other industry members including Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL), JA Solar (NASDAQ: JASO) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE), all of which are up as much as 5.5% in trading today.

The two existing pure-play solar ETFs, which are heavy in the above companies, are up nearly 5.5% in trading today:

  • Market Vectors Solar Energy (NYSEArca: KWT): First Solar is 10.8%; Trina is 9.2%; Yingli is 4.6%; JA Solar is 4%.
  • Guggenheim Solar (NYSEArca: TAN): First Solar is 21%; Trina is 6.6%; Yingli is 4.1%; JA Solar is 3.3%.

It’s just the latest bit of good news for a sector that many analysts think has the potential to outperform this year after last year’s slide.

  • Oil prices are moving higher again. Interest in green energy technologies often moves inversely to the price of oil and other fossil fuels.  [Clean Energy ETFs Building Momentum.]
  • President Obama recently stated his goal to have 80% of power coming from clean energy sources by 2035, which could spark a push for more legislation.
  • It’s been a good year for solar so far: in the last month, solar ETFs have gained about 12%. [Solar ETFs Get a Boost from Goldman.]

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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