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June 13, 2014
11:31 EDTFNSR, OPLK, OCLR, CIEN, JNPRFinisar 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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September 5, 2014
07:33 EDTCIENCiena price target lowered to $25 from $27 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Ciena to $25 from $27 to reflect a more conservative outlook following the company's guidance miss. The firm said their mid-term outlook remains intact and maintains their Buy rating on the shares of Ciena.
07:16 EDTFNSRFinisar downgraded at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel downgraded Finisar to Hold from Buy. The firm believes that the company's guidance indicates that its challenges are intensifying.
07:09 EDTFNSRFinisar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
06:54 EDTFNSRFinisar bottom may be forming, says RBC Capital
After Finisar reported in-line Q1 revenue and slightly higher than expected EPS but provided lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance, RBC Capital thinks the stock may be forming a bottom as it approaches 2x tangible book value. The firm trimmed its price target on the stock to $19 from $21 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:40 EDTFNSRFinisar downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham
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06:39 EDTFNSRFinisar price target lowered to $25.50 from $30 at B. Riley
B. Riley lowered Finisar's price target to $25.50 citing the weak Q2 outlook. Shares remain Buy rated.
05:36 EDTFNSRFinisar sell-off brings attractive entry point, says Piper Jaffray
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05:24 EDTCIENCiena upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Ciena to Buy citing valuation and lowered expectations following the company's Q3 results. Goldman believes Ciena's current margin weakness will be temporary and keeps a $26 price target for the shares.
September 4, 2014
18:28 EDTFNSROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:24 EDTCIENOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:04 EDTFNSRFinisar sees Q2 EPS 23c-27c, consensus 35c
Sees Q2 revenue $305M-$320M, consensus $337.5M.
16:02 EDTFNSRFinisar reports Q1 EPS 32c , consensus 32c
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15:23 EDTFNSRNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Cooper Companies (COO), consensus $1.90; Esterline Technologies (ESL), consensus $1.40; Verint Systems (VRNT), consensus 60c; Finisar (FNSR), consensus 32c; Zumiez (ZUMZ), consensus 23c; SeaChange (SEAC), consensus (18c); Ambarella (AMBA), consensus 28c; Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 1c.
14:05 EDTCIENCiena weakness may create attractive entry point, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that Ciena (CIEN) reported solid Q3 results, and the firm was encouraged by the news that the company was named as an AT&T (T) domain 2.0 supplier. However, the firm notes that Ciena's Q4 revenue guidance was lower than expected, partly due to the deal. Nonetheless the firm expects the factors that caused the guidance miss to be transitory, and it is upbeat about the company's outlook for FY15. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
12:34 EDTCIENOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory after the ECB lowered its benchmark interest rate and took additional measures in an attempt to stimulate the region’s economy. The averages had some early momentum, but found a level about an hour into trading around which they have since traded in a narrow range. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll provider ADP estimated private sector employment increased by 204K jobs in August, which was below the consensus forecast for 215K private sector jobs to have been added. Initial jobless claims rose 4K to 302K in the week ended August 30, which was close to the 300K estimate. The trade deficit narrowed slightly to $40.5B in July, beating expectations for a deficit of $42.5B. Second quarter nonfarm productivity growth was revised lower to 2.3% versus the 2.5% pace reported initially. Unit labor costs were revised down to a decrease of 0.1% from a rise of 0.6% estimated previously. Markit's services PMI for August came in at 59.5, versus a consensus forecast of 58.5. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI for August had a reading of 59.6, easily topping the 57.7 consensus estimate. In Europe, the European Central Bank unexpectedly cut the rate at which it issues short-term loans to banks to 0.05% from 0.15% and lowered its growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015. The ECB also announced plans to buy asset-backed securities, which the central bank's president Mario Draghi said will have a “sizable” impact on its balance sheet without providing further details on the size of the planned purchases. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of oil major BP (BP) trading in New York fell about 6% after a federal judge ruled that the company acted with "gross negligence" in causing the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 that was the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who held a trial without a jury over who was at fault, also found Transocean (RIG) and Halliburton (HAL) "negligent," but rested much more of the blame on BP, with 67% of the liability assigned to BP, 30% to Transocean and 3% to Halliburton. Afterward, BP said it "strongly disagrees" with the decision and will immediately appeal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Mattress Firm (MFRM), which rose 12%, and Methode Electronics (MEI), which gained 16%. Also higher was Bolt Technology (BOLT), which surged 36% after the company agreed to be acquired by Teledyne Technologies (TDY) for $22.00 per share in cash. Shares of Teledyne advanced nearly 2% following last night's deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was Matrix Service (MTRX), which dropped 21% after its earnings for the just completed quarter and its profit forecast for its new fiscal year fell short of analysts' expectations. Also lower following their earnings reports were Ciena (CIEN), which fell over 7%, and Shoe Carnival (SCVL), which dropped more than 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 43.83, or 0.26%, to 17,122.11, the Nasdaq was up 15.15, or 0.33%, to 4,587.71, and the S&P 500 was up 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,005.95.
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09:06 EDTCIENOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: PVH Corp. (PVH), up 9%... Verifone (PAY), up 3.8%... Methode Electronics (MEI), up 13%... Bazaarvoice (BV), up 9%. ALSO HIGHER: Bolt Technology (BOLT), up 35.7% after Teledyne (TDY) agrees to acquire the company for $22 per share in cash... Mitek Systems (MITK), up 58% after USAA lawsuit settlement... Tibco Software (TIBX), up 7% after announcing that it is reviewing strategic alternatives... Stereotaxis (STXS), up 22% after receiving FDA clearance for Vdrive with V-Loop system... NewLink (NLNK), up 3.4% after reporting FDA approval for Phase 1 clinical studies of Ebola vaccine. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ciena (CIEN), down 3%... Joy Global (JOY), down 1%... Matrix Service (MTRX), down 11%... Mobileye (MBLY), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.8% after updating third quarter China division same-store sales guidance... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.9% after downgraded at Pacific Crest... GoPro (GPRO), down 3.5% after downgraded at JPMorgan... Shanda Games (GAME), down 4% after announcing reconstitution of special committee.
07:02 EDTCIENCiena sees Q4 revenue $570M-$610M, consensus $628.88M
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07:01 EDTCIENCiena reports Q3 adjusted EPS 32c, consensus 29c
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