The Pros Pick Fourteen Cleantech Stocks for 2014

Jan 2 2014, 8:37am CST | by

The Pros Pick Fourteen Cleantech Stocks for 2014
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Over the last few weeks, I’ve brought you articles about the top Cleantech stock picks for 2014 from my panel of Cleantech money manager.  This article puts them all in one place.  Disclosure: I am long MIXT, ACCEL, SBS, and HASI.

Originally, there were twelve picks.  Then, a mis-communication with Rafael Coven, Managing Director at the Cleantech Group, and manager of the index which underlies the Powershares Cleantech ETF (NYSE:PZD) had me listing two more stocks he likes.  Through a happy coincidence, that brings the total picks to 14 stocks for 2014.

Here they are:

Company name (with link to article) Ticker Manager Business
Solar Manufacturer
SolarCity NASD:SCTY Solar Installer
NASD: DGII Internet of Things
NYSE:MIXT Rafael Coven
The Cleantech
Fleet Management
Opus Group Stockholm:OPUS Pollution control
Control4 NASD:CTRL Smart Home
NASD:TRMB Coven(the
other picks)/>
Global positioning
JP:6370 Water utility
Amsterdam:ACCEL Jan SchalkwijkJPS Global
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NYSE:SBS Water utility
NRG Corp/>
TSX:NRG Waste-to-energy
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Holding Co. (solar)
Swiss:MBTN Solar equipment
Armstrong Sustainable Infr./>

It’s worth mentioning that several of these stocks have advanced significantly since my panel recommended them on December 12th.

Most notably, Renewable Energy Trade Board (OTC:EBODF) has shot up 142%, most likely as a result of my article.  The stock is extremely illiquid, and any added demand can move it a long way.  I suspect that, despite Kravetz’ warning that it is “It is tiny and thinly traded,” readers have not been buying with caution.  Yes, the company is still well below his low valuation estimate of $12, but it does not take much to send a stock this thinly traded up or down an incredible amount.  If you’re interested in this company, I strongly suggest you wait a month or two until interest caused by these articles has died down, and then buy cautiously, using limit orders.

Below is a chart showing how all the picks and publicly traded funds managed by these experts have performed since December 12th.  I’ve also included The Powershares Wilderhill Clean Energy ETF (NYSE:PBW), which tracks the Wilderhill Clean Energy Index managed by Dr. Robert Wilder.  Dr. Wilder  is on my panel but did not give me any picks because, as an indexer, he thinks it’s inappropriate for him to try and pick winners.

While EBODF was probably boosted by my article, Coven’s picks Opus Group and  MiX Telematics may have gotten a boost when he added them to The Cleantech Index, which he manages, on December 26th.  This means that PZD, the ETF which tracks the index, needs to buy them.


Part of the reason I asked my panel to pick their stocks  in December is to use their ideas myself.  This year, I included Mix Telematics from Coven, and included it in my seventh annual list of Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014.  Also included are Kravetz’s Hannon Armstrong and Schalkwijk’s Accell Group.  Accell is a holding of the hedge fund I co-manage with Schalkwijk.

As for Hannon Armstrong, I’ve been writing about it since its IPO in May, but the timing seems to be favoring Krazetz, since it’s gained $1.50 in the two weeks between when he and I picked it.  But I shouldn’t complain: Kravetz had the top pick of anyone on my panel last year, and this year he picked my largest single holding.

I’m looking forward to 2014.

Source: Forbes Business


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