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Ciena Corporation



) pushed the Telecommunications industry higher today making it today's featured telecommunications winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Ciena Corporation rose 33 cents (2.1%) to $16.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of Ciena Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.66-$16.12 after having opened the day at $15.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.76. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

Sonus Networks



), up 7.1%,

Net Element International



), up 7%,

Ambient Corporation



), up 7%, and

Parametric Sound



), up 6.5%.

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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 $1.72 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Ciena Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ciena Corporation as a


. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,




), down 9.1%,




), down 7.2%,




), down 6.8%, and

Warwick Valley Telephone Company



), down 6.8%, were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with

Telefonica Brasil S.A



) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider

ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication




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