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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 up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Ciena Corporation rose 13 cents (0.8%) to $16.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.8 million shares of Ciena Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.95-$16.50 after having opened the day at $16.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.99. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that increased today were:

Zhone Technologies



), up 11.3%,

TeleCommunication Systems



), up 8.8%,

City Telecom



), up 8.5%, and

WPCS International



), up 8.1%.

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Ciena Corporation provides equipment, software, and service solutions that support the transport, switching, aggregation, and management of voice, video, and data traffic on communications networks worldwide. Ciena Corporation has a market cap of $1.53 billion and is part of the


sector. Shares are up 32.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Ciena Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two 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 a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,




), down 12.5%,

Powerwave Technologies



), down 11.5%,

Nexxus Lighting



), down 7.7%, and

Globalstar Incorporated



), down 7.1%, were all laggards within the telecommunications industry with

America Movil S.A.B. de C.V



) being today's telecommunications industry laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones US Telecom



) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider

ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication