These companies have made a lot of money for investment bankers, a lot of money for executives through stock options, and a lot of money for the hedge funds and other shorters smart enough to see through the rhetoric and markets' disconnect and play these stocks as nothing more than convenient fast money vehicles, and ride these stocks like First Solar and Cree (CREE) all the way down in 2011.
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As solar analyst Paul Leming of Ticonderoga Securities, who has been in it from the beginning, recently said, "The volatility in this space has been amazing -- and I'd never bet against
I hope not, but I don't doubt it, and the point is, social good alone does not make for a viable business, even if it makes for a darn good trading strategy. For investors, if you've been burned, try to remember that feeling good about green energy can still make you feel very nauseous when monitoring your portfolio.Though forget about stock market investors. The larger queasiness is knowing that all of these tired arguments about the energy wars will be dusted off once again in 2012, and there's nothing anything anyone can do about it, except ignore them. -- Written by Eric Rosenbaum in New York.
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