A stock that had been above $160 in 2011 had suddenly fallen so far so fast it was logical to believe that a much larger company
Now it looks like that risk has been taken off the table, as First Solar has hit a succession of all-time lows.
In fact, the removal of the takeout premium risk would help explain why First Solar can't find a bottom in recent trading, and that would relate directly to the biggest First Solar risk of all: the revelation from the company in its recent earnings that its thin film panels are experiencing problems operating in high heat.Analysts remains typically divided on the First Solar story, but as a trading instrument, it seems that the shorts are a little less fearful today than they were just a few months ago about riding First Solar all the way down to single-digits, possibly $0. In recent analysis of the First Solar earnings selloff, there were plenty of reasons to explain the negative sentiment. The company provided an even worse outlook for 2012 than it had provided just two months previous -- leaving the room open for a miss of earnings guidance that had already been slashed at the end of 2011. First Solar added to warranty charges that the company had said would not linger into 2012, and that left several analysts saying it was difficult to put much stock in management ability to assess the ongoing warranty liability. The biggest risk of all, though -- that its technology might not even work in the intense heat conditions upon which its future strategy is focused- seemed like