1. U.S. Geothermal ( HTM) develops renewable energy and is engaged in the acquisition, development and utilization of geothermal resources in Idaho and Nevada.

Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report a loss of 1 cent per share for 2010 fourth quarter, compared to a loss of 2 cents per share in the quarter-ago period. Analysts foresee the company reporting loss per share of 9 cents for 2010 and 7 cents for 2011. Maintaining a buy rating, analysts at Jacob Securities forecast the company to break even in 2012 on cash flow generation from 11MW San Emidio Phase I, 26 MW Neal Hot Springs and 26 MW San Emidio Phase II projects.

The stock has an upside of 65% over the next 12 months with a consensus target price of $1.9, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. On the other hand, Alliant Energy ( LNT), NV Energy ( NVE) and IDACORP ( IDA) have upsides of 5%, 10% and 3%, respectively.

All six analysts covering the stock recommend buying.

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