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What: Shares of Chinese solar-module maker Trina Solar (NYS: TSL) got flame-broiled Tuesday, down 15% by close of trading, after being hit by a confluence of bad news.
So what: On one hand, Axiom Capital's Gordon Johnson warned that there's a new solar sheriff in town -- GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, which now boasts the lowest cost of production per watt of any solar company out there. That's mainly bad news for First Solar (NAS: FSLR) , which used to hold the low-cost producer crown. It might even be good news for Trina, which is a GCL partner company. But ...
Now what: At the same time this news was breaking, Italy got its credit rating downgraded, making everything just a little bit more expensive in that country -- solar projects included -- which can only dampen demand for Trina's modules. Also, the U.S. Trade Representative announced that it's considering a "major trade enforcement action against China." Details were not immediately revealed, but there have been rumblings about Chinese support for its domestic solar industry and its effects on U.S. solar shops. A move against China by USTR could affect Trina.
Add it all up, and you get 15% less market cap at Trina.
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