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How to buy First Solar stock | $106.22

Learn how to easily invest in First Solar stock.

First Solar Inc is a solar business based in the US. First Solar shares (FSLR) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. First Solar employs 5,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

How to buy shares in First Solar

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – FSLR – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

First Solar stock price (NASDAQ: FSLR)

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First Solar shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-16.
Latest market close$106.22
52-week range$67.71 - $112.50
50-day moving average $98.10
200-day moving average $87.18
Wall St. target price$99.32
PE ratio 19.9943
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $5.26

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Is it a good time to buy First Solar stock?

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First Solar price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $106.22 from 2021-10-22

1 week (2021-10-13) 0.19%
1 month (2021-09-23) 13.67%
3 months (2021-07-23) 28.05%
6 months (2021-04-23) 19.94%
1 year (2020-10-23) 24.42%
2 years (2019-10-23) 92.15%
3 years (2018-10-23) 140.37%
5 years (2016-10-21) 151.41%

Is First Solar under- or over-valued?

Valuing First Solar stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of First Solar's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

First Solar's P/E ratio

First Solar's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, First Solar shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

First Solar's PEG ratio

First Solar's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.2066. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into First Solar's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

First Solar's EBITDA

First Solar's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $759 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a First Solar's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

First Solar financials

Revenue TTM $3 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.21%
Gross profit TTM $713.2 million
Return on assets TTM 4.46%
Return on equity TTM 10.22%
Profit margin 18.96%
Book value $54.40
Market capitalisation $11.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting First Solar shares

There are currently 3.5 million First Solar shares held short by investors – that's known as First Solar's "short interest". This figure is 25.1% down from 4.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting First Solar shares can be evaluated.

First Solar's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

First Solar's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of First Solar shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of First Solar shares traded daily (recently around 2.0 million). First Solar's SIR currently stands at 1.78. In other words for every 100,000 First Solar shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1780 shares are currently held short.

However First Solar's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of First Solar shares, or, against the total number of tradable First Solar shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case First Solar's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 First Solar shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0375% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable First Solar shares, roughly 38 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against First Solar.

Find out more about how you can short First Solar stock.

First Solar share dividends

We're not expecting First Solar to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

First Solar share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, First Solar's shares have ranged in value from as little as $67.71 up to $112.5. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FSLR.US volatility(beta: 1.27)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while First Solar's is 1.2667. This would suggest that First Solar's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

First Solar overview

First Solar, Inc. provides photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions in the United State, Japan, France, Canada, India, Australia, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Modules and Systems. The Modules segment designs, manufactures, and sells cadmium telluride solar modules that convert sunlight into electricity to integrators and operators of PV solar power systems. The Systems segment provides power plant solutions, such as project development; engineering, procurement, and construction; and operating and maintenance services to utilities, independent power producers, commercial and industrial companies, and other system owners. The company was formerly known as First Solar Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to First Solar, Inc.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of First Solar is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 11.93% of First Solar shares are held by insiders and 82.318% by institutions.
How many people work for First Solar?
Latest data suggests 5,100 work at First Solar.
When does the fiscal year end for First Solar?
First Solar's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is First Solar based?
First Solar's address is: 350 West Washington Street, Tempe, AZ, United States, 85281
What is First Solar's ISIN number?
First Solar's international securities identification number is: US3364331070
What is First Solar's CUSIP number?
First Solar's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 336433107

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