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Ciena Corporation



) pushed the Telecommunications industry lower today making it today's featured Telecommunications laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Ciena Corporation fell $0.48 (-1.9%) to $24.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,405,696 shares of Ciena Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,433,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.47-$25.17 after having opened the day at $24.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.28. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were:




), down 13.8%,

WPCS International



), down 10.1%,

Elephant Talk Communications



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), down 9.6% and

InfoSonics Corporation



), down 8.8%.

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 $2.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 64.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Ciena Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ciena Corporation

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the positive front,

Pointer Telocation



), up 14.0%,

Internet Gold Golden Lines



), up 8.7%,

Shenandoah Telecommunications



), up 6.7% and

United States Cellular Corporation



), up 5.7% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with




) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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