Why First Solar (FSLR) Stock Is Gaining Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- First Solar (FSLR) was gaining 4% to $71.22 Friday after Citigroup raised the price target for the solar power equipment maker to $87 from $63.

Analyst Shahriar Pourreza reiterated a "buy" rating for the stock. Pourreza said First Solar's newly raised earnings guidance for 2015 could be conservative. The analyst expects the company to beat analysts' EPS estimates in 2015 and 2016. Pourreza predicts the company's operating margins will rise as selling prices increase.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates FIRST SOLAR INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FIRST SOLAR INC (FSLR) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

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