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  • Apr. 14, 2015, 10:17 AM
    • Optical networking hardware vendors Ciena (CIEN +5.7%) and Infinera (INFN +2.4%) are higher after Nokia stated it's in talks to merge with Alcatel-Lucent, sparking hopes more telecom equipment industry M&A could be on tap. Microcaps MRV Communications (MRVC +9.7%) and Zhone (ZHNE +6.9%) are also faring well.
    • Ciena and Infinera both compete against Alcatel in the optical transport/switching market. The Street might be betting Ericsson or another rival will respond to a Nokia/Alcatel deal by making an optical acquisition.
    • Infinera (rallying less than Ciena) is a week removed from making a $350M+ bid for Swedish metro optical hardware vendor Transmode. Analyst reactions to the deal, which stands to significantly increase Infinera's metro market reach and European customer base, have been fairly positive
    | Apr. 14, 2015, 10:17 AM
  • Mar. 27, 2015, 3:12 PM
    • Today's notable tech gainers include next-gen firewall leader Palo Alto Networks (PANW +3.5%), touchscreen tech developer UniPixel (UNXL +5.9%), solar microinverter leader Enphase (ENPH +5.8%), optical transport/switching hardware vendor Infinera (INFN +3.8%), telecom service/analytics provider Neustar (NSR +4.4%), and Chinese online classifieds leader 58.com (WUBA +4%). The Nasdaq is up 0.3%
    • There are relatively few major decliners today. The group includes Infinera rival Ciena (CIEN -4.5%), Chinese sports lottery site 500.com (WBAI -5.3%), and Chinese online video leader Youku (YOKU -3.4%).
    • Palo Alto is adding to Thursday gains seen amid a broader cybersecurity stock rally. Likewise, Enphase gained on Thursday following rival SolarEdge's IPO, Neustar gained after announcing a $150M buyback, and Infinera gained following a bullish MKM note.
    • Ciena is reversing the Tuesday gains seen after Stifel reported the company's share of a major Verizon 100G metro contract (has been officially announced) could be larger than expected. 500.com is giving back major Thursday gains; yesterday morning, SA Instablog author/former i-banker MNS Global reported hearing Chinese authorities are thinking of indefinitely extending recently-placed bans on online sports lottery sales, after uncovering corruption.
    • Previously covered: EMC, HP, Voxeljet, Skyworks, SuperCom, Stratasys, Qunar, Pandora, SanDisk
    | Mar. 27, 2015, 3:12 PM
  • Mar. 24, 2015, 11:29 AM
    • Like others, Stifel reports Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) and Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) are expected to share a huge Verizon 100G metro optical contract. However, while others have reported Cisco will get ~2/3 of the contract, Stifel's checks indicate the Cisco/Ciena split hasn't been determined; the firm believes "both vendors will start on an equal footing," and that Ciena might even get a majority of the deal.
    • Ciena is expected to supply a platform that's similar to its 6500 series packet-optical (integrated Ethernet switching/optical networking) hardware, and which supports OTN switching. Stifel thinks Ciena, whose 6500 series is already used in Verizon's 100G long-haul network, could get over $100M in 2016 revenue from the metro deal. Cowen has estimated the total contract opportunity could be worth $200M-$300M over two years.
    • Optical component vendor NeoPhotonics (NPTN +4%), which received 15% of its 2014 revenue from Ciena (trailing only Huawei's 38%) and has healthy 100G exposure, is also rallying. Its shares are now up 104% since a Q4 beat was posted on March 3.
    • Update: Verizon has confirmed Ciena and Cisco have won the deal. No word on the split between the companies.
    | Mar. 24, 2015, 11:29 AM
  • Mar. 16, 2015, 3:19 PM
    • Though the Nasdaq is up 1.1%, major tech decliners are roughly on par with major gainers today.
    • Notable gainers include telecom equipment vendor Ciena (CIEN +3.9%), data center owner CyrusOne (CONE +4.6%), optical component maker NeoPhotonics (NPTN +6.1%), software outsourcing firm Luxoft (LXFT +7.7%), supply chain software vendor Manhattan Associates (MANH +4.2%), and Chinese game developer NetEase (NTES +3.7%).
    • Notable decliners include leading Chinese online video platform Youku (YOKU -4%), 4G router/M2M module maker Novatel (MIFI -5.5%), security hardware/software vendor KEYW Holding (KEYW -5.3%), Chinese online retailer LightInTheBox (LITB -8.7%), Chinese online real estate plays E-House (EJ -4.7%) and Leju (LEJU -5.3%), seismic tech provider Geospace (GEOS -7.5%), and U.S. solar installer Vivint (VSLR -4.3%).
    • CyrusOne, Luxoft, and Manhattan Associates are making new 52-week highs. Geospace's decline comes as crude oil falls to fresh 6-year lows. The Chinese decliners are failing to get a boost from pro-stimulus remarks from premier Li Keqiang (they've lifted many other Chinese names).
    • Previously covered: Xilinx, Neonode, MoSys, Superconductor Technologies, Himax, Alibaba, Avago, Qorvo, King Digital, iDreamSky, MicroVision
    | Mar. 16, 2015, 3:19 PM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 5, 2015, 6:33 PM
    • Though Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) soundly missed FQ1 revenue estimates, it's guiding for FQ2 revenue of $585M-$615M, in-line with a $597.2M consensus. Meanwhile, EPS beat estimates thanks to a 620 bps Q/Q and 70 bps Y/Y increase in gross margin to 44.1% (favorable to guidance for a low-40s GM).
    • FY15 (ends Oct. '15) revenue growth guidance is now at 5%, below a 7.9% consensus. However, guidance would still be at 7%-9% if not for forex.
    • Investors took the numbers in stride; Ciena closed up 0.2%. However, shares are up 1.7% AH thanks to optical component supplier Finisar's strong April quarter guidance.
    • On the CC (transcript), the FQ1 sales miss was blamed on both forex and the timing of U.S. federal orders - they're now expected  to arrive in FQ2 and FQ3. The gross margin growth was attributed to cost cuts and a mix shift towards software and "certain kinds of metro [systems] where you’ve got high packet and switching capabilities built into the platform." FQ2 GM guidance is at 42%-43%.
    • Also: CEO Gary B. Smith stated Ciena thinks it's "very well placed" to win a major Verizon contract for a 100G metro optical buildout, and that it expects a decision soon. In December, Cowen predicted Ciena would be one of two suppliers, and that the deal could be worth $200M-$300M over two years.
    • Packet networking (Ethernet switch) and software/services revenue saw healthy Y/Y growth in FQ1; converged packet optical (integrated Ethernet/optical systems, 63.6% of revenue) grew slightly, and optical transport (now just 4% of revenue) fell sharply. Operating expenses fell 1% Y/Y to $199.8M.
    • FQ1 results, PR
    | Mar. 5, 2015, 6:33 PM
  • Mar. 5, 2015, 7:03 AM
    • Ciena (NYSE:CIEN): FQ1 EPS of $0.12 beats by $0.09.
    • Revenue of $529.16M (-0.9% Y/Y) misses by $29.62M.
    | Mar. 5, 2015, 7:03 AM
  • Mar. 4, 2015, 5:30 PM
    | Mar. 4, 2015, 5:30 PM | 4 Comments
  • Feb. 18, 2015, 3:36 PM
    • Cyan (NYSE:CYNI): Q4 EPS of -$0.15 beats by $0.04.
    • Revenue of $30.5M (+46.1% Y/Y) beats by $0.25M.
    • Shares -1.79%.
    | Feb. 18, 2015, 3:36 PM
  • Feb. 17, 2015, 5:35 PM
  • Feb. 6, 2015, 1:53 PM
    • Cyan (NYSE:CYNI) has gradually soared today on volume of 169K shares (above a 3-month daily average of 126K).
    • No news has hit the wires to explain the move. The packet-optical hardware/SDN software vendor also rose sharply on Tuesday, and is a month removed from hiking its Q4 guidance. Full Q4 results arrive on Feb. 18.
    | Feb. 6, 2015, 1:53 PM
  • Feb. 3, 2015, 1:25 PM
    • Though the Nasdaq is only up 0.4%, a long list of tech firms are posting outsized gains today.
    • It's a good day for online real estate: Merger partners Zillow (Z +5%) and Trulia (TRLA +4.9%) are up sharply, as are Chinese online real estate plays SouFun (SFUN +5.2%), E-House (EJ +6.5%), and Leju (LEJU +3.8%).
    • Other major tech gainers include security software firm Imperva (IMPV +4.7%), gaming headset maker Turtle Beach (HEAR +6.6%), salvage auction site Liquidity Holdings (LQDT +7.4%), RF filter tech developer Resonant (RESN +10.7%), telecom equipment/SDN software vendor Cyan (CYNI +10.1%), Chinese CDN owner ChinaCache (CCIH +10.8%), application delivery controller vendor A10 Networks (ATEN +6.1%), Chinese sports lottery site 500.com (WBAI +7.6%), and unified communications hardware/software firm ShoreTel (SHOR +6.7%).
    • Earlier: Solar stocks soar as oil tops $51, CSIQ strikes deal
    • Earlier: 3D printing stocks routed after Stratasys warns
    | Feb. 3, 2015, 1:25 PM
  • Jan. 30, 2015, 2:56 PM
    • Optical networking/carrier Ethernet hardware vendor Ciena (CIEN -4%), optical component suppliers Finisar (FNSR -2.4%) and Oclaro (OCLR -2%), and telecom chipmakers AppliedMicro (AMCC -5.9%) and Cavium (CAVM -4.4%) are all off after component vendor JDS Uniphase (JDSU -7.4%) missed FQ2 estimates and provided soft FQ3 guidance.
    • On its CC (transcript), JDS observed its FQ2 network enablement (test equipment) and service enablement (telecom software/services) revenue fell a combined 8% Y/Y due to "weaker carrier spending and no budget flush in historically stronger December quarter." Network enablement is expected to remain soft in seasonally weak FQ3 as customers weigh their 2015 spending plans. Service enablement is expected to grow ~24%, after growing 16.6% in FQ2.
    • AppliedMicro is down 10% since providing a soft FQ4 EPS guidance (-$0.09 vs. a -$0.07 pre-earnings consensus) on Tuesday afternoon to go with an FQ3 beat.  Cavium is giving back the gains it saw yesterday after beating Q4 estimates and providing strong Q1 guidance.
    | Jan. 30, 2015, 2:56 PM
  • Jan. 23, 2015, 10:32 AM
    • Infinera (INFN +17.7%) knocked the cover off the ball yesterday afternoon, soundly beating Q4 estimates and issuing strong Q1 guidance on the back of growing demand for its DTN-X optical transmission/switching platform for 100G deployments.
    • Rival Ciena (CIEN +3.7%) and optical component vendors JDS Uniphase (JDSU +2.7%) and Finisar (FNSR +2.3%) are rallying in response. The companies followed equity markets higher yesterday after Verizon guided for its 2015 capex to be slightly above 2014 levels (contrasts with AT&T's planed capex cut).
    • On its CC (transcript), Infinera said it added 10 new invoiced DTN-X customers in Q4 (3 new to Infinera altogether), raising its total to 59, and that nearly half of all DTN-X clients are now opting for the company's Instant Bandwidth rapid provisioning tech. Initial revenue for the Cloud Xpress point-to-point interconnect platform was received in December, and 8 customer commitments have been received to date.
    | Jan. 23, 2015, 10:32 AM
  • Jan. 7, 2015, 12:45 PM
    | Jan. 7, 2015, 12:45 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 7, 2015, 9:58 AM
    • Cyan (NYSE:CYNI) now expects Q4 revenue of $30M-$31M, well above prior guidance of $24M-$26M and a $25.1M consensus.
    • The hike is attributed to "strong demand for [Cyan's] Z-Series packet-optical hardware," which provides integrated optical transmission, switching, and Ethernet functionality, for both "metro and regional 100G and packet applications." Cyan also reiterates its expectation to "convert some of [its] SDN and NFV trials into wins" in 1H15.
    • The company was hit hard in 2013/2014 by soft orders from top customer Windstream, as well as a broader slowdown in North American wireline capex.
    • Full Q4 results are due on Feb. 18. Deep packet inspection hardware vendor Procera has also hiked its guidance this morning.
    | Jan. 7, 2015, 9:58 AM
  • Dec. 24, 2014, 2:40 PM
    | Dec. 24, 2014, 2:40 PM | 6 Comments
Company Description
Ciena Corp is a provider of equipment, software and service solutions that support the transport, switching, aggregation and management of voice, video and data traffic on communications networks.