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Sector Watch: Networkers Drop Again as Juniper Fallout Continues

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Stocks within the networking group slid again today, as a profit warning from

Juniper Networks

(JNPR) - Get Report

before the market opened on Friday continued to pressure the sector.

The networkers tumbled 4.3% in the prior trading session, only to be followed by numerous estimate revisions and downgrades from analysts. The

American Stock Exchange Networking Index

fell another 4.1% today.

"

The networkers are still out of favor," said Doug Myers, the vice president of equity trading at

IJL Wachovia

. "That seems to be the group that no one wants to own anymore."

The Amex Networking Index is now up only 16.4% from the Nasdaq's recent low on April 4, after previously gaining as much as 42.8%.

Juniper fell 10.1% to $34.19, after dropping 18% on Friday as a result of

the forecast of

poorer results. While some market watchers and investors anticipated the preannouncement, most didn't price the possibility into the stock, Myers said.

A downgrade by

J.P. Morgan Chase

following the announcement, and downward estimate revisions from

Credit Suisse First Boston

and

Robertson Stephens

this morning, have helped to push the stock down further.

Juniper wasn't the first of its sector to warn, though.

3Com

(COMS)

warned after Thursday's market close about its own disappointing quarter. 3Com fell 3.7% today to $5.27.

A set of estimate revisions from

UBS Warburg

sent another pair of networkers sliding. Analyst Nikos Theodosopoulos revised downward his 2001 earnings estimates on

Nortel

(NT)

, and wrote in a research note that "given our new outlook of Nortel not turning profitable until the fourth quarter of 2001, we would not be surprised if Nortel further reduced headcount beyond the planned 20,000 already announced." Shares of the Brampton, Ontario, telecom equipment maker slipped 5% to $11.91 today. Theodosopoulos also lowered his estimates on

Tellabs

(TLAB)

, which fell 3% to $29.93.

Cisco

(CSCO) - Get Report

, which said this morning that it struck a deal with

RealNetworks

(RNWK) - Get Report

to incorporate the streaming media company's technology into its networking products, fell 3% to $19.90.

Ciena

(CIEN) - Get Report

dropped 6% to $52.78, and

Sycamore Networks

(SCMR)

lost 7.1% to $10.05.