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 closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Ciena Corporation fell 41 cents (-2.6%) to $15.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of Ciena Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.91-$15.63 after having opened the day at $15.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.71. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: Motricity ( MOTR), down 15.3%, Clearwire ( CLWR), down 13.7%, B Communications ( BCOM), down 8.2%, and Powerwave Technologies ( PWAV), down 7.4%.
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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 $1.58 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 30.6% 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 five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ciena Corporation as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), up 10.6%, General Communication ( GNCMA), up 9.1%, USA Mobility ( USMO), up 8.3%, and DragonWave ( DRWI), up 7.7%, were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with CenturyLink ( CTL) 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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