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Tickers in this Article: CSIQ, SOLF, STP, TSL
Next week will be a big week for investors in the solar energy space as several solar companies report their quarterly results. Here are four names in particular to keep an eye on when results are reported next week.

Shining Bright North of the Border
The solar module producer Canadian Solar (Nasdaq:CSIQ) is hoping that it can maintain its positive momentum when it reports its Q3 results on Tuesday. The company is coming off of a Q2 in which revenue jumped on a sequential basis, but was well off of sales figures from the prior year. The company has been maintaining a lean inventory in hopes of capitalizing on continued deterioration in raw material prices.

Year-to-date, shares of Canadian Solar have gained 165%. Analysts are expecting the company to report a 74.2% rise in Q3 EPS on a 16.4% decrease in sales when compared to the company's year ago quarter. Canadian Solar's management has remained prudent throughout the economic downturn, but potential investors should keep in mind that the nature of the industry may make for a volatile stock price going forward.

Investors in Solarfun Power Holdings (Nasdaq:SOLF) have been on a wild rollercoaster ride of their own. Shares of SOLF rose 78.6% from the beginning of the year to a new 52-week high in June, but have since given back nearly all of those gains. When the solar cell maker reports its Q3 results on Wednesday, analysts will be expecting the company to check in with total revenue that is 36.6% below Solarfun's 2008 Q3 results. (For more on analyst expectations, be sure to read Analyst Forecasts Spell Disaster For Some Stocks.)

Flickering in the Far East
When the Chinese solar energy company Suntech Power Holdings (NYSE:STP) announces its Q3 results before the market open on Thursday, November 19, analysts will be looking for EPS to plunge 75.8% on a 27.6% decline in revenue compared to the company's prior year Q3.

Despite the projected year-over-year declines, Suntech is on the upswing. At the end of Q2, company management announced that gross margins were improving and that Q3 shipments were expected to be 50% above Q2 shipments. The company has acknowledged pricing pressure, but plans to manage production tightly until demand improves.

Another Chinese solar name set to report its quarterly results next week is Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) on Thursday. Wall Street is expecting TSL to be in a similar situation with lower EPS and revenue on a year-over-year basis. Presumably, this trend has been priced into a stock which has risen more than 300% in 2009, and now trades at a 52-week high.

The Bottom Line
The solar arena has been a volatile area of the market to be in over the last twelve to eighteen months. The results that these companies report should at least continue to demonstrate that the solar business can be a profitable form of clean energy. It may take some time for these stocks to produce stable earnings trends, but they do appear to be headed in the right direction.

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