Is First Solar (FSLR) A Smart Long-Term Buy?

GDS Investments, an investment management firm, published its year-end investor letter – a copy of which can be seen here. In the letter, the fund talked about the negative impact brought about by the pandemic and how it affected the market as a whole. GDS mentioned that their focus will be on companies that can positively absorb the effects of the rising inflation and reduced monetary policy. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.op 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

GDS Investments, in their Q4 2020 investor letter, mentioned First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) and emphasized their views on the company. First Solar, Inc. is a Tempe, Arizona-based solar solutions company. It currently has an $8 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, FSLR delivered a -23.45% return, while its 12-month gains are decently up by 103.38%. As of March 10, 2021, the stock closed at $75.72 per share.

Here is what GDS Investments has to say about First Solar, Inc. in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

“First Solar recently announced blowout results for its last fiscal quarter with earnings and revenues handily beating estimates. The Biden Administration should only accelerate the inevitable shift away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy as the costs associated with solar energy production reach parity with coal and oil production. As the following chart by the International Energy Agency makes clear, demand for oil should plateau in the 2030’s and, by the 2040’s, would account for less than 20% of global energy consumption.”

Our calculations show that First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, First Solar, Inc. was in 34 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 40 funds in the third quarter. FSLR delivered a -12.18% return in the past 3 months.

The top 10 stocks among hedge funds returned 231.2% between 2015 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 Index ETFs by more than 126 percentage points. We know it sounds unbelievable. You have been dismissing our articles about top hedge fund stocks mostly because you were fed biased information by other media outlets about hedge funds’ poor performance. You could have doubled the size of your nest egg by investing in the top hedge fund stocks instead of dumb S&P 500 ETFs. Here you can watch our video about the top 5 hedge fund stocks right now. All of these stocks had positive returns in 2020.

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