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Plug Power Just Gave Bullish 2022 Sales Guidance. The Stock Is Down.

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Investors will be listening to Plug Power’s conference call to hear how hydrogen technology is developing and being adopted.
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Hydrogen fuel cell technology provider Plug Power gave bullish 2022 sales guidance on Wednesday. The stock, however, was down immediately following its release.

Plug Power (ticker: PLUG) set a 2022 sales goal of $900 million to $925 million. That’s ahead of Wall Street’s 2022 sales estimates of about $891 million.

Better-than-expected sales are a positive, but investors, it appears, were looking for an even higher number. Plug shares are down about 1.9% in early Wednesday trading. The S&P 500 was little changed.

The move in the stock, however, is relatively small, and Plug shares tend to be volatile. The stock has moved about 8%, up or down, on average after company earnings reports for the past two years. The move indicates that, while a little disappointed, Plug investors are OK with the initial goal.

The company is hosting a conference call beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time to discuss its outlook. Analysts and investors will be interested in 2022 sales and also how hydrogen technology is developing and being adopted.

Hydrogen gas can run fuel cells, or be burned, to power trucks, buses or just about anything else. Hydrogen gas creates no greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change when used. If hydrogen gas is created by passing renewably generated electricity through water, then no greenhouse gases are generated at any stage of the hydrogen value chain. 

Hydrogen is a potentially sustainable solution for some of the world’s energy needs. Hydrogen gas production and technology is still more expensive than alternatives, such as diesel fuel and engines, but costs are expected to come down in the future.

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