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 down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Ciena Corporation fell $0.29 (-1.3%) to $22.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,052,275 shares of Ciena Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,856,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.99-$22.32 after having opened the day at $22.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.35. Other companies within the Telecommunications industry that declined today were: MERU Networks ( MERU), down 27.3%, Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), down 11.8%, Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), down 11.7% and Deltathree ( DDDC), down 11.2%.

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 $2.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 39.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Ciena Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ciena Corporation as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, RELM Wireless Corporation ( RWC), up 11.7%, AudioCodes ( AUDC), up 8.0%, NeuStar ( NSR), up 7.9% and Lumos Networks ( LMOS), up 6.1% , were all gainers within the telecommunications industry with America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMX) being today's featured telecommunications industry leader.

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