Technology stocks went from little changed as a group earlier
today to shares of technology companies in the S&P 500 now
slipping 0.4% just ahead of the closing bell.
In company news, Solar City Corp (
) is well off its intra-day low but remains down 8% at $46.70 a
share after U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sent a letter to
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew questioning taxpayer-funded grants
received by the company.
SCTY shares tumbled over 10% to $45.60 apiece this afternoon
after Barron's and the Senate website posted copies of the letter.
The correspondence followed a weekend article in Barron's saying
SCTY reports "fair market values" for its solar panels - which are
used to determine federal subsidies - that are higher than the
company's actual costs to install the panels.
The magazine said it reviewed over 150,000 contracts between the
company and homeowners in California and Arizona to determine the
values were inflated. In part because of uncertainty over those
subsidies, Barron's urged investors to be wary of SCTY stock, while
Sessions in his letter wrote that "over-inflating the cost of solar
products is not only detrimental to the government, but to
investors as well."
In other sector news,
(+) DAKT, Shares reach best price in nearly three years after
the scoreboard and display company earns $0.27 per share in fiscal
Q2, dispatching the Capital IQ consensus by $0.06. Revenue rose
7.8% year over year to $161.6 mln, topping Street view by $9.63
(-) CCIH, Reverses $0.09 per non-GAAP ADS profit last year with
adjusted Q3 net loss of $0.11 per ADS, $0.09 wider than Street
view. Net revenue rises 31.6% to $45 mln, beating estimates by $3.9
mln. Guides Q4 revenue in-line with analyst expectations.
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