Pop Goes The Clean Energy Stock Bubble

These higher interest rates make stocks, especially income stocks like the ones I focus on, less attractive compared to bonds.  Higher interest rates also make it harder for companies to use debt to finance new investments, and so can reduce future earnings expectations.

While all these things are true, I expect their long term impact to be limited.  Most importantly, I do not expect interest rate increases to be large.  Interest rates have been historically low: It would take a much larger rise than I expect to bring them to a level that is not still low.  

There may also be some demand driven inflation in the summer, but I do not expect the demand or inflation surges to persist.

Similarly, the effect on future earnings from higher interest rates is also likely to be limited.  Most companies have been very active refinancing in the recent low interest rate environment, often bringing plans for future debt offerings forward.  This means that most will have the flexibility to reduce borrowing in the short to medium term if interest rates rise significantly.

Will Panic Lead To More Panic?

This is just a feeling based on having watched many market panics over the years, but I feel that the panic seems to be reaching its maximum.  I think the short term bottom will happen in the next couple weeks.  

I’m buying (actually selling slightly out of the money cash covered puts), especially clean energy infrastructure stocks like Yieldcos that I had been selling because of high valuations in December and January.  These include AYNEPAGR, and CWEN.  The amounts of each depend mostly on the size of my current positions- this is less a call about individual stock valuation and more one of market timing.

Conclusion

It’s time to bring much of that cash I’ve been telling people to keep on the sidelines for the last several months back into the game.

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Disclosure: Long positions all the stocks mentioned.

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