-- AXTI Rally after Beating Q2 Est; Solar Sector Down (FSLR, DSTI, RSOL, YGE, CSIQ)

AXTI estimates revenue for the third quarter will increase to between $24.7 million and $25.5 million. The company estimates that net income per share will be between $0.12 and $0.14.
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July 30, 2010 - PRLog -- California-based semiconductor small-cap AXT  is bucking today’s trend with a 14% rally. At mid-day, AXTI was trading at $5.65 on heavy volume of about 750,000 shares. The company announced a 77% spike in second-quarter revenue to $23.2 million after yesterday’s close. Quarterly profit came to $5.5 million or $0.17 per share, well ahead of the net loss of ($1.3 million) or ($0.04) cents per share in the same period last year. The firm topped EPS consensus by a nickel.

AXTI estimates revenue for the third quarter will increase to between $24.7 million and $25.5 million. The company estimates that net income per share will be between $0.12 and $0.14.

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Some other top news from the solar sector:

The solar sector has been on fire of late, but the latest round of earnings cooled things off on Friday.

Arizona-based First Solar  is off by (6%) after reporting a (12%) decline in second quarter profits. The company earned $159 million or $1.84 per share in the three months ended June 26, compared to $180.6 million or $2.11 per share in the same period last year. Analysts were expecting $1.61 in Q2 EPS. Meanwhile, revenue was up 12% to $587.9 million, well ahead of the $543.1 million consensus estimate. First Solar lifted its 2010 profit guidance to between $7 and $7.40 per share from the prior forecast in the range of $6 to $6.85. Analysts are expecting $7.12 in full-year EPS on $2.62 billion in revenue.

Despite a solid report from sector giant First Solar, the Solar Stocks Index is off by (1%) for the day as the broad markets slip into negative territory for the third straight session. The Index is falling faster than the benchmarks today, but it is ahead of the S&P 500 by 6% over the last month.

Elsewhere in the sector, domestic small-caps DayStar Technologies  and Real Goods Solar  are among laggards, followed by Chinese Solar Stocks Index components Yingli Green Energy  and Canadian Solar .

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