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June 13, 2014
11:31 EDTOCLR, JNPR, OPLK, CIEN, FNSRFinisar 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).
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February 27, 2015
08:11 EDTCIENCiena March weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Ciena March weekly call option implied volatility is at 76, April is at 49, July is at 40; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results before the open on March 5.
February 26, 2015
09:04 EDTJNPRJuniper, Canonical form partnership for OpenStack-based cloud solutions
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February 24, 2015
16:20 EDTJNPRVMware appoints Bask Iyer as Chief Information Officer
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15:46 EDTJNPRJuniper CIO leaving company for same role at VMware, Business Insider says
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15:28 EDTJNPRJuniper to hold an analyst and investor update
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09:02 EDTJNPRJuniper adds 2 directors to board, announces agreement with Elliott
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07:14 EDTJNPRCantor to hold a conference
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February 23, 2015
16:24 EDTOCLRSoros Fund reports 9.95% passive stake in Oclaro
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February 18, 2015
09:01 EDTCIENCiena names Marcus Starke as Chief Marketing Officer
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