Cree's Shares Surged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of LED lighting specialist Cree (NAS: CREE) lit up a 12.4% intraday price jump on heavy volume.

So what: Other alternative lighting experts also soared today: Veeco Instruments (NAS: VECO) gained as much as 19.5%, OLED guru Universal Display (NAS: PANL) notched a 17.4% top, and microcap SemiLEDS (NAS: LEDS) crushed 'em all with a 41% jump. Why all this alt-light enthusiasm? Because China plans to ban incandescent light bulbs over the next five years, thus creating a ginormous market for replacements. Conversely, light bulb giants Philips (NYS: PHG) , Siemens (NYS: SI) , and General Electric (NYS: GE) all fell 3% or more today.

Now what: In particular, these Westerners are jumping for joy because China's local LED industry is several years behind the technology curve according to industry analysts. Regular old 100-watt bulbs will be banned from sale in China less than a year from now, with steps down the power scale to outlaw 15-watt bulbs in 2016. America already has a similar plan going on, but China is simply a much larger market.

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