Ciena (CIEN) Stock Advanced on Price Target Raise at RBC Capital

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Ciena Corp. (CIEN) stock closed up 1.01% to $25.90 after RBC Capital increased its price target earlier today to $30 from $28, while maintaining its "sector perform" rating.

"With higher confidence on the top line combined with margin improvements and operational consistency, we can see a scenario where the stock can reach $40," RBC Capital analysts said.

Ciena is a provider of communications networking equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation and management of voice, video and data traffic.

Order growth is picking up driven by broadening new customers relying on optical to connect their major datacenters, according to the analyst note.

Additionally, Ciena is gaining market share from Alcatel (ALU), Fujitsu (FJTSY) and others, and the company expects an improving pipeline for long haul, data center, and metro, RBC Capital added.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CIENA CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CIENA CORP (CIEN) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet."

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