The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: SunPower, Total, Suntech Power Holdings, First Solar and Broadcom

 The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: SunPower, Total, Suntech Power Holdings,
                           First Solar and Broadcom

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CHICAGO, Dec. 6, 2012

CHICAGO, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include SunPower Corporation
(Nasdaq:SPWR), Total S.A. (NYSE:TOT), Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd.
(NYSE:STP), First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:FSLR) and Broadcom Corporation


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Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:

SunPower Extends Pact with Toshiba

SunPower Corporation (Nasdaq:SPWR) has extended its long-standing supply
agreement with Toshiba through 2018. Pursuant to the supply agreement,
SunPower would provide over 100 megawatts of its highest efficiency
residential solar panels annually exclusively to Toshiba. Toshiba would offer
solar systems with SunPower's highest efficiency solar modules in the rapidly
growing Japanese residential market. Since the company first teamed up with
Toshiba in 2010, it has delivered more than 150 MW of its high-performance
solar panels.

Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese multinational electronics, electrical
equipment and information technology corporation headquartered in Tokyo,

SunPower is a vertically integrated solar company with presence across the
entire solar value chain. The company designs, develops, manufactures, markets
and sells high-performance solar electric power technology products, systems
and services worldwide for residential, commercial and utility-scale power
plant customers. The company's semiconductor-based solar cells and solar
panels, which convert sunlight into electricity, are manufactured using
proprietary processes and technologies. SunPower is largely owned by French
oil major Total S.A. (NYSE:TOT).

SunPower's customer base is spread across North America, Europe, the Middle
East, Asia and Australia. The company is proactive in entering new markets. In
addition to a sizeable presence in the US, it is already focusing on improving
market share in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan, while gaining new
market share in emerging markets like England, Greece, Israel and Malta.
SunPower is also increasing its global market presence within the residential
and commercial markets by expanding its network of dealers. Finally, by
steering clear of long-term contracts for sales through its dealer network,
the company is geared for margin growth on the back of any short-term upswing
in the solar market.

SunPower is however witnessing falling Average Selling Prices and margins in
its residential and small commercial markets segment which accounts for
approximately two-thirds of its top line. We expect the trend to continue
unabated in the near future with valuation further restrained by the higher
cost structure of the company compared to its peers. Other risks include
subsidy roll-back in Europe and foreign exchange risk.

SunPower presently retains a short-term Zacks #2 Rank (Buy). Over the longer
run we maintain our long-term Neutral recommendation on the stock.

SunPower mainly competes with Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. (NYSE:STP) and
First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:FSLR).

Broadcom's Latest Smartphone Portal

Leading chipmaker Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq:BRCM) recently declared the
inclusion of its latest smartphone platform in its product profile. The newly
launched process is entirely compatible with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating
system (OS). The 3G platform embedded with BCM21664T 1.2GHz HSPA+ cellular
baseband is considered to be the first dual-core HSPA+ processor in the
industry which is especially designed for low-end smartphones.

Broadcom's advanced platform will be engaged in integrating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
and Near Field Communications (NFC) process. Moreover, with the association of
Dual ARM Cortex A9 and VideoCore® graphics, the 3G portal will be able to
provide very high data speed along with faster computing process at a very
reasonable cost.

The new device has various features including 21.1 Mbps of downstream
connectivity, 5.8 Mbps of upstream connectivity; it has graphic features of
720p HD recording and it supports full 1080p playback and with low power
consumption, the platform has an option of 3G/2G dual SIM-dual standby mode.
Moreover, with the help of radio frequency (RF), power management unit (PMU)
and an advanced connectivity suite the 3G portal will offer a complete system
solution. The latest chipset is expected to improve the efficacy of entire
Android 4.2 operating system.

Broadcom's customized solutions would surely mitigate the increasing demand in
the industry thus enhancing its business. Broadcom is well placed in the
fast-growing wired and wireless communications markets, with cutting-edge
solutions for a growing number of connected users, who are demanding more
content and bandwidth. The market for wireless connectivity devices is
expected to grow further, driven by increasing demand of smartphones, tablets,
netbooks and digital TVs.

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