|From: Don Green||4/24/2019 5:16:42 PM|
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Chart of the Day - Cree Inc
The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to the semi conductor company Cree( CREE). I found the stock by using Barchart to sort it's Top Stocks to Own list first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then I used the the Flipchart feature to review the charts for consistent price appreciation. Since the Trend Spotter signaled a buy on 1/3 the stock gained 72.92%.
Cree, Inc. is a market-leading innovator and manufacturer of semiconductors that enhance the value of solid-state lighting, power and communications products by significantly increasing their energy performance and efficiency. Key to Cree's market advantage is its world-class materials expertise in silicon carbide and gallium nitride for chips and packaged devices that can handle more power in a smaller space while producing less heat than other available technologies, materials and products. Cree drives its increased performance technology into multiple applications, including exciting alternatives in brighter and more-tunable light for general illumination, backlighting for more-vivid displays, optimized power management for high-current switch-mode power supplies and variable-speed motors, and more-effective wireless infrastructure for data and voice communications. Cree customers range from innovative lighting-fixtures makers to defense-related federal agencies.
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Barchart technical indicators:
- 96% technical buy signals
- 94.61+ Weighted Alpha
- 74.45% gain in the last year
- Trend Spotter buy signal
- Above its 20, 50 and 100 day moving averages
- 18 new highs and up 21.51% in the last year
- Relative Strength Index 84.49%
- Technical support level at 67.43
- Recently traded at 68.75 with a 50 day moving average of 57.76
- Market Cap $7.01 billion
- P/E 354.91
- Revenue expected to decrease 7.20% this year and another 5.50% next year
- Earnings estimated to increase 321.10% this year, an additional 61.20% next year and continue to compound at an annual rate of 112.26% for the next 5 years
- Wall Street analysts issued 5 strong buy, 4 hold and 1 sell recommendation
- The individual investors following the stock on Motley Fool voted 1071 to 89 that the stock will beat the market
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|From: slacker711||4/25/2019 8:42:25 AM|
|Tesla is upgrading the S and X models by using SiC to make the models more efficient. |
According to the company, the Model S and Model X Long Range’s will receive Tesla’s “latest generation of drive unit technology,” which ups the battery pack’s efficiency by a little more than 10-percent. To do this, Tesla’s engineering team optimized the “permanent magnet synchronous reluctance motor, silicon carbide power electronics, and improved lubrication, cooling, bearings, and gear designs.” This allowed Tesla to achieve a battery pack efficiency of 93-percent.
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|From: slacker711||4/30/2019 10:28:22 AM|
|Interesting article about grid storage starting to take off. It should create quite a few opportunities for SiC. |
Now grid storage is poised to grow at a faster pace than the electric cars that made it cost-effective, and even faster than the renewables it will help to accommodate on the grid. Last year, Florida Power & Light completed a 10-megawatt grid battery hailed as the largest of its kind in the world; last month, FPL announced a battery project more than 40 times larger. Republican regulators in Arizona recently approved more than twice as much power storage in their state as the entire country installed last year; Hawaii is building more than three times as much, and California nearly five times as much. Tom Buttgenbach, the CEO of 8minutenergy Renewables, says his firm alone has signed contracts to build nearly a gigawatt of grid storage in the U.S., more than two thirds of the current nationwide total, in just the past four months.
Overall, the consultancy Wood Mackenzie expects U.S. storage additions to double in 2019, triple in 2020 and increase 13-fold over the next five years, which would store enough electricity to power more than 5 million homes. The forecasters at Bloomberg New Energy Finance expect more than $600 billion in global investment in battery storage by 2040. The storage boom, like so many green trends in America, first took hold in California, but Ravi Manghani, the head of energy storage research at Wood Mackenzie, says it is spreading much faster than anyone expected, ending the era when power had to be distributed and used the instant it was generated.
“Every time we do a new forecast, we have to revise it up for deployment and down for cost,” says Ravi Manghani, head of energy storage research at Wood Mackenzie. “We’ve been proven wrong again and again.”
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|From: slacker711||5/2/2019 7:18:10 AM|
There was weakness in LED's which is attributable to market softness. It sounds like they will use that weakness to begin switching capacity to GaN/SiC.
The weakness in Wolfspeed guidance is harder to understand. Weak EV sales in China were the culprit, but if true, why cant they switch that capacity to another customer? It sounds like customers are still on allocation and lead times are still long.
I did like the commentary around GaN for wireless. I have had a harder time tracking that market than SiC power products but it sounds like the market is developing faster than expected.
More importantly, capacity expansion plans will be revealed next Tuesday at the PCIM conference.
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|From: slacker711||5/7/2019 8:07:58 AM|
|Cree to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Silicon Carbide Capacity|
MAY 7, 2019
Expansion to generate up to a 30-fold increase in SiC wafer fabrication capacity and 30-fold increase in SiC materials production to meet the expected market growth by 2024
Five-year investment leverages an existing building (“North Fab”) and refurbished 200mm equipment to build state-of-the-art automotive-qualified production facility
Investment: $450M for North Fab; $450M for materials mega factory; and $100M in other investments associated with growing the business
DURHAM, N.C. -- As part of its long-term growth strategy, Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) announces it will invest up to $1 billion in the expansion of its silicon carbide capacity with the development of a state-of-the-art, automated 200mm silicon carbide fabrication facility and a materials mega factory at its U.S. campus headquarters in Durham, N.C. It marks the company’s largest investment to date in fueling its Wolfspeed silicon carbide and GaN on silicon carbide business. Upon completion in 2024, the facilities will substantially increase the company’s silicon carbide materials capability and wafer fabrication capacity, allowing wide bandgap semiconductor solutions that enable the dramatic technology shifts underway within the automotive, communications infrastructure and industrial markets.
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“We continue to see great interest from the automotive and communications infrastructure sectors to leverage the benefits of silicon carbide to drive innovation. However, the demand for silicon carbide has long surpassed the available supply. Today, we are announcing our largest-ever investment in production to dramatically increase this supply and help customers deliver transformative products and services to the marketplace,” said Gregg Lowe, CEO of Cree. “This investment in equipment, infrastructure and our workforce is capable of increasing our silicon carbide wafer fabrication capacity up to 30-fold and our materials production by up to 30-fold compared to Q1 of fiscal year 2017, which is when we began the first phase of capacity expansion. We believe this will allow us to meet the expected growth in Wolfspeed silicon carbide material and device demand over the next five years and beyond.”
The plan delivers additional capacity for its industry-leading Wolfspeed silicon carbide business with the build out of an existing structure as a 253,000 square-foot, 200mm power and RF wafer fabrication facility as an initial step to serve the projected market demand. The new North Fab is designed to be fully automotive qualified and will provide nearly 18 times more surface area for manufacturing than exists today, initially opening with the production of 150mm wafers. The company will convert its existing Durham fabrication and materials facility into a materials mega factory.
“These silicon carbide manufacturing mega-hubs will accelerate the innovation of today’s fastest growing markets by producing solutions that help extend the range and reduce the charge times for electric vehicles, as well as support the rollout of 5G networks around the world,” said Lowe. “We believe that this represents the largest capital investment in the history of silicon carbide and GaN technologies and production with a fiscally responsible approach. By using existing facilities and installing a majority of refurbished tools, we believe we will be able to deliver a state-of-the-art 200mm capable fab at approximately one-third of the cost of a new fab.”
The expanded campus also creates high-tech job opportunities and will serve as an advanced manufacturing workforce development initiative. Cree plans to partner with state and local community and four-year colleges to develop training programs to prepare its workforce for the long-term, high-quality employment and growth opportunities the new facilities will present.
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