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Short Sellers Seek Direction in Solar, Alt Energy Stocks 

Short interest moves among solar and alternative energy stocks were mixed during the two-week reporting period that ended on December 31. Of the companies we watch, short interest decreased on one of three solar stocks and on three of five alternative energy stocks.

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First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) saw short interest remain virtually unchanged at 11.61 million shares, which represents about 15.4% of the company’s float. Days to cover rose from nine to 10. In the two-week short interest period, the stock’s share price increased by about 2.8%. The 52-week trading range is $45.77 to $69.24, and shares closed at $56.50 on Friday, down about 0.4% for the day.

SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) short interest rose by 6% to 18.57 million shares, or 21.1% of the company’s float. In the two weeks to December 31, the share price rose by 3.5%. Days to cover remained at five. The stock’s 52-week range is $5.06 to $16.04, and it closed at $7.74 on Friday, down by 1.9% for the day.

Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) saw short interest drop by 15% during the latter half of December. Some 7.35% of the total float, or 3.37 million shares, were short, and days to cover remained unchanged at four. The company’s shares jumped by more than 8% over the two-week period, and shares closed Friday at $22.55, down by about 1.5% for the day, in a 52-week range of $14.50 to $25.89.

Bloom Energy Corp. (NYSE: BE) short interest increased by 2% in the two weeks. Some 15.5 million shares were short, representing about 22.2% of the company’s total float. Days to cover remained unchanged at five, and the stock price fell by about 4.3% during the period. Shares closed Friday at $9.13, up about 5.4% for the day, in a 52-week range of $2.44 to $16.63.

FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL) posted a rise of 21% in short interest during the period. Some 20.03 million shares were short as of December 31, about 15.9% of the total float. The stock closed at $2.22 on Friday, up about 1.4% for the day, in a 52-week range of $0.13 to $11.28. Days to cover remained at one.

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) saw short interest fall by 2% to 45.57 million shares. Days to cover fell from six to four, and about 19.8% of the company’s shares were short. In the two weeks to December 31, the share price slipped by about 0.5%. The stock’s 52-week range is $1.31 to $4.20, and shares closed Friday at $4.14, up by about 2.2% for the day.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) saw no change in short interest, with 1.55 million shares in the hands of short sellers. About 1% of the company’s float was short, and days to cover remained at two. The share price rose by about 11.6% in the two weeks to December 31. The stock closed at $2.67 on Friday, down about 0.7% for the day, in a 52-week range of $1.71 to $3.47.

Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) saw short interest tumble by 21% in the two-week period to 467,000 shares, about 1% of the company’s float. Days to cover fell from two to one. The stock price soared by almost 66% in the final two weeks of last month. Shares closed at $0.66 on Friday, down about 5.3% on the day, in a 52-week range of $0.39 to $1.67.