Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ:PEIX)

CAPS Rating: 1 out of 5

The Company is engaged in the production, marketing and sale of ethanol and other renewable fuels in the Western United States.

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Player Avatar TMFEldrehad (100.00) Submitted: 5/18/2010 11:31:47 AM : Underperform Start Price: $196.35 PEIX Score: +108.55

Ethanol is not an economically viable alternative to fossil fuels.

It really is just that simple.

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Member Avatar WCWlooky (22.89) Submitted: 10/14/2010 11:06:05 PM
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It is also really hard on small equipment or anything you leave gas in very long, as it attracts water vapor. It puts serious pressure on corn prices that really hurts meat producers. If they would stop subsidizing its production it would die a quick death. But hey, print money and throw it around, or out of helicopters.

Member Avatar whomonkyoulus (28.40) Submitted: 10/15/2010 4:27:15 PM
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You must mean *corn* ethanol.

Member Avatar JFFTYJNSN (< 20) Submitted: 1/14/2011 10:57:33 AM
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Still how can an economically minded individual bet against a guaranteed subsidy? It is stupid, (corn ethanol) but as long as their profitability is law their stock price may buck your thumbs down. Logic is on your side, but not physics.

Member Avatar OklaBoston (68.73) Submitted: 12/10/2011 6:40:22 PM
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Not yet commercially viable, maybe, but that can change. And when it does this is going to be a big time short squeeze.

Member Avatar Mega (99.96) Submitted: 12/23/2011 10:48:54 AM
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"Not yet commercially viable, maybe, but that can change."

No, it really can't. No matter how efficient they make the process, it is still constrained by basic biology/chemistry/physics which make corn ethanol less efficient than other fuels (including non-fossil alternatives like methanol and biodiesel).

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