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Ciena Corporation (CIEN): Today's Featured Telecommunications Laggard

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Ciena Corporation ( CIEN) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Ciena Corporation fell 53 cents (-3.4%) to $15.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of Ciena Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.10-$15.74 after having opened the day at $15.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.73. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Powerwave Technologies ( PWAV), down 25%, Netgear ( NTGR), down 10.9%, Parametric Sound ( PAMT), down 5.9%, and Net Element International ( NETE), down 5.2%.

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Ciena Corporation provides communications networking equipment, software, and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation, and management of voice, video, and data traffic worldwide. Ciena Corporation has a market cap of $1.58 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ciena Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ciena Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Sierra Wireless ( SWIR), up 18.4%, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones S.A.B. de C.V ( MXT), up 9.6%, China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), up 7.3%, and MERU Networks ( MERU), up 6.7%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with AT&T ( T) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the telecommunications industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Telecom ( IYZ) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication ( TLL).

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