Solar Stocks Get Their Day in the Sun

Shares of solar technology outfits LDK and Akeena climbed Wednesday as investors bank on a brighter future for sun-powered electricity
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Investors seem to be hopeful that the time has come for solar panels to break out of their niche market and find a wider range of customers. Shares of LDK Solar (LDK) climbed on Jan. 2 after the company released a financial outlook for the next two years and Akeena Solar's (AKNS) stock price soared on news of a licensing deal with a major producer that will launch the company's cost-saving technology in Europe and parts of Asia.

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