May 26, 2010 (Chinavestor) Solarfun Power Holdings (NASDAQ:SOLF) advanced 13.24% or $.88 to $7.15 on Wednesday following a robust 2010 first quarter report. But it wasn't just this solar play that reported better-than-expected first quarter. Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (NYSE:YGE) did just that earlier this week. ReneSola Ltd. (NYSE:SOL), China Sunergy (NASDAQ:CSUN) and JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO) beat estimates earlier the month, also.
One of the most important observations so far is that each and every Chinese solar market returned to profitability or remained profitable in the first three months of the year.
And it's not just about financial performance but increase in demand, production and firm margins. Solarfun Power (NASDAQ:SOLF) reported shipments of solar systems to increase to 150.6 MW from 110.8 MW in the previous quarter or from 35.7 MW a year earlier. Now the company is expecting 160-170 MW of deliveries in the next three months.
Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) delivered 19. MW of solar systems in the first three months of 2010 above consensus estimate of 190 MW. The company said to expect 200-205 MW of shipment for the next three months. Trina has one of the best balance sheets in the industry with over $600 million cash thanks to the secondary offering earlier this year.
There are two factors that hinder sudden price appreciation of solar stocks though: price of oil and the euro/dollar exchange rate. Converge on this issue: Solar stocks and the dollar.
To compare solar companies from a financial point of view, look up the following revenues/earnings and stock price charts below of those companies that have reported in the first quarter already.