First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) most recently reported quarterly actual earnings per share of $0.87 for the period ending on 2016-06-30. Prior to the company reporting, consensus estimates based on data from Zacks Research projected the company to report EPS of $0.58. The difference between the estimate and the actual EPS was $0.29 creating a surprise factor of 50%. Currently, the company has an impact score of 43. The likelihood that the stock will move on news is greater with a higher impact score. According to Beta Research, the stock has a sentiment score of 0.249. On a scale between 1 and -1, a positive score tends to portray a favorable view of company results by news outlets. The opposite is true for a negative sentiment score.

In taking a look at where the stock might be headed, analysts have a consensus price target of $56.4 on the shares. The most bullish brokerage firm has a $68 target, while the most bearish sees the stock headed towards $44. This is according to the 10 estimates taken into consideration by Zacks Research.

In terms of Buy/Sell recommendations, analysts have a consensus rating of 2.18. This is according to a simplified scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell recommendation. There were 10 recommendations taking into account in order to arrive at this number. Of the 10, 8 have a Strong Buy rating and 0 are rating it a Buy.

First Solar, Inc. manufactures and sells photovoltaic (PV) solar modules with an advanced thin-film semiconductor technology, and it designs, constructs, and sells PV solar power systems. The Company is a thin-film PV solar module manufacturer and a PV solar module manufacturer. It operates its business in two segments: components segment and systems segment. Its components segment involves the design, manufacture, and sale of solar modules, which convert sunlight into electricity. Its systems business involves the sale of its solar modules coupled with the engineering, procurement and construction of the solar PV power plant. In September 2013, First Solar, Inc and K Road Power Holdings LLC announced that First Solar acquired from K Road the 250 megawatt (MW)AC photovoltaic Moapa Solar Project in Nevada.

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