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June 13, 2014
11:31 EDTJNPR, OPLK, CIEN, FNSR, OCLRFinisar plummets after profit, gross margin outlook trail estimates
Shares of Finisar (FNSR), which provides optical subsystems and components for telecommunication applications, are sinking after the company’s first quarter profit and gross margin outlook trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Finisar reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 36c and revenue of $306M, compared to the consensus views of 38c and $303.2M, respectively. The company said Q4 adjusted gross margins decreased to 34.2% from 37.2%. Finisar attributed the decline in Q4 adjusted gross margin primarily to the impact of the full three months of the annual price reductions for telecom products, as well as the impact of the u2t acquisition whose products carry a lower gross margin than the corporate average. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Finisar forecast Q1 EPS of 30c-34c, far short of the consensus of 41c. Q1 revenue was seen at $320M-$335M, versus consensus of $316.96M. The company expects its gross margin issue to last beyond the current quarter. It attributes the reduction in gross margin to the product mix with lower margin wireless products, noting that it sold "a lot more" wireless transceivers for wireless applications than originally expected. Finisar noted that the wireless products have lower than average gross margins and that it will continue to pursue the "wireless opportunity" in spite of lower margins. Finisar sees its product mix in the near term to be relatively similar to what it is seeing in this quarter. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Research firms Piper Jaffray and Raymond James both said weakness in Finisar was a buying opportunity, however each lowered their respective price targets on the shares. Another firm, Craig-Hallum, downgraded Finisar to Hold from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Finisar fell $5.46, or about 21.5%, to $19.80 on nearly eight times its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s pull back, the stock has gained approximately 35% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that provide telecommunication components include Oplink Communications (OPLK), Oclaro (OCLR), Ciena (CIEN), and Juniper Networks (JNPR).
News For FNSR;OPLK;OCLR;CIEN;JNPR From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2015
09:15 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:02 EDTJNPRJuniper showing signs of a turnaround, says Wells Fargo
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06:57 EDTJNPRJuniper price target raised to $28 from $24 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Juniper after the company reported stronger than expected results. The firm thinks the company executed well last quarter and reported solid results. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
January 27, 2015
18:20 EDTJNPROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: ABIOMED (ABMD), up 27%... Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.2% after reporting fourth quarter results and that it is planning a tax-free spin-off of remaining Alibaba (BABA) stake... Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10%... Marten Transport (MRTN), up 6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 9.2%... Key Tronic (KTCC), up 4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 4.4%... Western Digital (WDC), consensus 2.6%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 4.8%... VMware (VMW), up 1.7%... AT&T (T), up 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 2.9%, Skyworks (SWKS), up 1.3%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.5%, and Qorvo (QRVO), up 1% following Apple's first quarter results... EMC (EMC), up 2.1% following VMware's fourth quarter results... Alibaba (BABA), up marginally following Yahoo results and tax-free spin-off plans... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ethan Allen (ETH), down 13.1%... EZCORP (EZPW), down 7.1%... International Game Technology (IGT), down 2.9%... Open Text (OTEX), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: Synergy Resources (SYRG), down 3.7% after filing to sell $150M of common stock.
16:30 EDTJNPRJuniper up 3.8% after reporting Q4 results, guidance for Q1, FY15
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16:08 EDTJNPRJuniper sees FY15 operating expenses $1.9B plus or minus $25M
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16:07 EDTJNPRJuniper sees Q1 EPS 28c-32c, consensus 30c
Sees Q1 revenue $1.02B-$1.06B, consensus $1.02B.
16:06 EDTJNPRJuniper reports Q4 EPS 41c, consensus 31c
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15:35 EDTJNPRNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
14:15 EDTJNPRJuniper January weekly 22 straddle priced for 6.3% movement into Q4
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14:10 EDTJNPRJuniper technical notes ahead of results
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January 26, 2015
15:24 EDTJNPRJuniper volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 22, 2015
17:25 EDTJNPRStarbucks names Kevin Johnson as COO
On January 22, Starbucks (SBUX) announced the appointment of Kevin Johnson as president and COO. Johnson ceased membership on all Starbucks board committees prior to his appointment as president and COO. He will remain a member of the Starbucks board of directors, which he joined in March 2009, and is expected to start in his new role effective March 1. Johnson, currently a non-employee director of the company, served as CEO of Juniper Networks (JNPR) from September 2008 to December 2013.
11:32 EDTJNPRF5 Networks plummets after Q2 outlook trails estimates
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January 19, 2015
11:17 EDTCIENTrans Pacific Express selects Ciena for submarine cable upgrade
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11:16 EDTCIENCiena to further upgrade Japan-U.S. cable network
The Japan-U.S. Cable Network recently selected Ciena to expand its trans-Pacific submarine network that spans close to 22,000 km and provides diverse connectivity from Japan to the U.S. This upgrade will utilize the flexibility and scalability of Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solution and the latest WaveLogic programmable coherent optical technology to further increase the capacity of the network, which was originally upgraded with Ciena’s coherent solution in 2012.

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