4 China Solar Stocks to Watch

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- LDK Solar ( LDK), Trina Solar ( TSL), Solarfun Power Holding ( SOLF) and Yingli Green Energy ( YGE) gained 17.7%, 15.9%, 15% and 11.6% respectively during the past week. These stocks will likely generate attractive returns for investors in the short-term.

The fact that the Chinese government is promoting clean energy provides investors buying opportunity in the solar sector. China, on its way to reduce reliance on growth driven by energy-driven industries, plans to spend $738 billion over the next decade for developing cleaner sources of energy, according to the head of National Energy Administration's planning and development department.

LDK Solar

LDK Solar, manufacturer of multi-crystalline solar wafers, recently said that the company commenced producing solar cells at its 60-megawatt (MW) facility. The company recently expanded vertical manufacturing facility by installing its first production line of solar cells. The plant would be expanded to 120 MW of production capacity by the third quarter.

The company had revealed that it seeks to increase its output to 18,000 metric tons by the end of 2011, thereby offering a huge potential for the investors. The company has plans to expand capacity for other solar products. On Aug. 30, Lazard Capital Markets reassigned a buy rating to the stock with a target price of $10. Currently the stock is trading around $7.65, highest level since May 2010.

Trina Solar

Trina Solar, maker of solar modules, announced its second quarter financial results on August 24. The company reported earnings per share of 52 cents topping analysts' consensus estimates of 49 cents. Revenue during the quarter surged 147.7% to $370.8 million, ahead of analyst estimates of $338.7 million. For the third quarter, the company expects to ship between 250 MW to 260 MW of photovoltaic (PV) modules.

For full year 2010, the company raised total PV module shipments forecast to be between 900 MW and 930 MW from the earlier estimated 750 MW to 800 MW, reflecting an increase of 126% to 133% from 2009.

On Sept. 3, Jefferies reassigned a buy rating to the stock with a target price of $38. Currently trading at $27.91, the stock has touched its highest level since Jan. 14, 2010.

Solarfun Power Holding

Solarfun Power Holding recently started its PV Distribution channel in the Japanese market through signing a distribution agreement with Fujimi Fine Technology. In addition, Hanwha Chemical, South Korea based solar products producer, announced plans to invest more than 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) in Solarfun by 2018.

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