Stock markets rose today despite the Japanese earthquake, but they failed to overcome the mid-week worries about increasing gasoline prices damaging the fragile economic recovery.
U.S. stock markets and all overseas markets finished the week in negative territory. Indices reflecting the clean and efficient energy sectors were also down, with solar companies faring the worst.
The EnergyBoom Wind Subindex (E•B Wind) increased 2.27 percent this week to beat the broad market indices and other green sector indices, including First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF (FAN) (+1.09 percent) and NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Global Wind (^QWND) (+0.65 percent).
E•B Wind was led by Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica, S.A. (OTC: GCTAY.PK) which increased 7.75 percent (-52 percent year to date) and Vestas Wind Systems A/S (OTC: VWDRY.PK) which increased 7.04 percent (-47 percent YTD) .
EnergyBoom’s Biofuel subindex (E•B Biofuel) increased 5.68 percent this week to beat the broad market indices and other green sector indices.
The subindex was led by Verenium Corporation (NASDAQ: VRNM) which increased 15.55 percent (-15.78 percent year-to-date) and Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRS), which was up 12.56 percent (+43.62 percent since its initial public offering in late September).