Money. Money will bring us together.


Written by Brian Hicks
Posted January 4, 2006

Howard Stern exited the confines of terrestrial radio a couple of weeks ago. Since then I've had my alarm radio set to a local NPR affiliate. Their top notch selection of jazz standards at 6:00 a.m. is a welcome exit for the sandman if I can't listen to Stern and his rowdy bunch provoke me to get out of bed.

But this morning, following the unrecognizable name of a Romanian jazz pianist taking a stab at John Coltrane's 'Giant Steps,' I was jolted out of bed by an advertisement disguised as a public service announcement for Chevron.

Was I hearing this correctly? Big oil on public radio?

But that's exactly what it was…

An integral component of the so-called 'Evil Empire' chest-pounding over the billions of dollars the company has put into alternative energy investments on perhaps one of the most liberal frequencies at the low-end of the dial.

The times are changing my friend.

Environmentalists who once saturated liberal airwaves with finger-pointing, whining and laughable boycotts against big oil are now sharing those airwaves with their money-centric foes.

And those Goliath oil giants that many times had to pay high-end PR firms to pull the tree-hugging thorns from their sides are now trying to win the stone-throwers over - to some degree anyway, by appealing to their socially-conscious purse strings. Hey, environmentalist money is just as good as anyone's.

It's funny. But after decades of fierce rivalries, environmental protests and shady oil deals camouflaged within mountains of legislation - the one thing that's bringing these two feuding opponents together is the very thing that wins out every single time.


Is Chevron shutting down its oil pipelines to appease Greenpeace? Of course not. Don't be ridiculous.

But is the company positioning itself for strategic diversification because of peak oil? You better believe it! And don't think for a second that this necessity won't offer up some pretty hefty profits for investors.

It already has.

Hell, just look at the solar industry's two big IPOs that launched in 2005 - Sunpower Corporation (SPWR:Nasdaq) and Suntech Power Holdings (STP:NYSE).

Both debuted in 2005 with stellar performance. Take a look...

In 2006, we will see a continuation of this trend - new renewable energy firms muscling up and going public. Renewables are hot - and the money is flowing!

You see, after the performance of renewable energy stocks in 2005, investors are looking for the next big payoff in the renewable energies sector. And who can blame them?

The renewable energy industry delivered two of the hottest IPOs of 2005. Not to mention double and triple-digit gains all year.

Take Evergreen Solar, for instance. This is a stock my readers have profited from handsomely.

Here's a company that went from $4.17 to a high of $12.84 in a year!

That's a gain of 207.9%!!!

And look at this geothermal company I've been pushing since last year.

Green Chip investors who got in early on this one are up 74%!!!

Granted, not quite as impressive as Evergreen's gains…but I don't hear anyone complaining about a 74% gain either!

And just today, a solar company I recommended less than three months ago hit a new 52-week high - putting Green Chip Stocks members up 133.3%.

Take a look...

And the best part about this one is that within the next six months, this stock could be trading between $1.50 and $1.90.

Maybe even $3 by the end of the year.

I can tell you now - this is the last train stop for this one. If you want a piece, you have to get on board now. (You can read more about this company here)

Of course, despite the success the renewable energy markets experienced in 2005, there are still some non-believers wandering around in circles, shouting off rooftops that the industry won't be able to produce in 2006 the way it did in 2005.

Don't buy it!

The truth is - 2005 was merely a practice run. We haven't seen anything yet!

Gentleman, start your engines!

Here we are in January, 2006, and the players are gathering near the starting line, sizing up their competition.

Bets are being placed and even big oil is banking on more than one winner.

But on the horizon is not only a treasure trove of new opportunities…but a thick fog of valid speculation as well.

There's no doubt that certain renewable companies are already positioned to take the lead. And there's also no doubt that China, India, Canada and even a few underdogs in the U.S. are sending in unsuspecting competitors that have been juicing up on VC steroids during the past year - and will now drop it into high gear, courtesy of federal tax initiatives and high energy costs.

Nonetheless, we definitely have to keep our bullsh&# guard up. Because there are some renewable companies that may look like contenders on the outside - but really have no shot at delivering the goods. And by goods, I mean profits.

Listen. Putting the word 'solar' on something doesn't mean it's a winner. That's why I spend a good portion of my day talking with industry leaders, engineers, developers, Washington insiders and other analysts I trust to make decisions based on the bottom line - instead of their massive egos.

Through this process, I was able to pinpoint some of the hottest trends in renewable energy this past year. Trends that allowed Green Chip investors to see double and triple digit gains in 2005.

But there's plenty more to come in 2006.

In fact, I can tell you right now that one of the most lucrative sectors of the solar market this year will be Building-Integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Through new advances in PV technology that's allowing for cost-efficient silicon replacement solutions and state-of-the-art design applications that came to fruition in 2005 - BIPV is set to launch the next wave of solar profits in 2006.

Calling the early Green Chip winners for 2006

As we head into 2006, we are going to be met with more opportunities in renewable energy and green building than ever before. And some of these are going to be grand slams. In fact, I have three in the pipeline right now for January and February.

Based on months of research in the Green Building industry, I've discovered two companies whose names I predict will become as common on a construction site as Caterpillar and Black & Decker.

The angle here is simply this...

While these two companies are already well-known in the green building construction and design markets - the conventional construction and design markets have only recently discovered these companies after it was validated in 2005 that their respective technologies not only help garner LEED certification and tax credits - but the applications of these technologies are going to save developers billions of dollars in operations costs annually.

And for developers - that's more important than any tax credit!

I also have a new renewable energy company operating out of a remote location you'd never imagine could be so integral to this market. But it's crucial - and is allowing this particular firm to maintain a strong competitive advantage.

That one's coming later this month.

The Fantastic Four

Also marked for Green Chip gains will be a continuation of profits in the organic and natural foods sector. Both in retail and manufacturing.

Since 1990, organic product sales in the U.S. have grown by 20% or more each year.

Compare that with the total U.S. food sales, which grow at an average rate of only 2% to 4% a year!

By 2007, the organic market is projected to reach a value of $30.7 billion.

Of course, we've already seen some pretty hefty gains for Green Chip members in 2005.

There are currently four organic and natural food plays in the Green Chip Stocks portfolio. Three completed 2005 with significant gains. One even ended the year up 250%!!!

I expect to see all three of these companies continue to ride the swelling and profitable organic and natural food wave this year.

My new organic and natural food play for 2006 however, isn't even public yet. But it will be soon. And you're not going to want to miss it.

This particular company has profitable retail outlets all over the country, maintains limited competition and has one of the largest multi-national food corporations in the world backing it.

Oddly enough, this backer is probably the antithesis of organic and natural food. But I like to look at it as further proof that capitalism is the catalyst for change.

Organic farms will profit, organic and natural foods distributors will profit - and most importantly, Green Chip investors will profit. Just as we did in 2005.

If you're new to the Wealth Daily family or are still uncertain about the ins and outs of the LOHAS market, renewable energy markets or Green Chip stocks in general, visit the Green Chip Stocks website here. Or sign up for my free Green Chip Review service here.

Until next time...

Jeff Siegel
Editor, Green Chip Stocks.

P.S. - As I mentioned earlier, the solar company I recommended back in October is raging. And within six months, the company's stock could be up another 80% to 120%. But the window for this one is closing fast. If you want to get in for round two - click here now.