Ascent Surges as Wal-Mart Agrees to Offer Solar Chargers

Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. (ASTI), a manufacturer of sun-powered consumer devices, rose the most in four months after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) agreed to sell its products.

Ascent climbed 22 percent to $1.04 at the close in New York, the most since May 20.

Wal-Mart is offering online Ascent’s EnerPlex products, including solar-powered charging cases for Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy smartphone, Thornton, Colorado-based Ascent said today in a statement.

Ascent announced the iPhone charger in June 2012. It’s also pursuing aerospace, transportation and off-grid applications for its thin-film solar products.

The company hasn’t reported a profitable quarter since it went public in 2006, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Its market value has increased 68 percent this year to $56.3 million.

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