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June 13, 2014
11:31 EDTCIEN, FNSR, OCLR, JNPR, OPLKFinisar 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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December 15, 2014
10:23 EDTCIENOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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December 14, 2014
13:58 EDTJNPRJuniper and Elliott in talks on board additions, WSJ says
According to a Wall Street Journal report from Friday evening, Juniper Networks and activist investor Elliott Management are in discussions about adding new directors to Juniper's board in a move that may prevent a proxy fight. Elliott management which owns a 9% stake in the telephone equipment maker has suggested certain candidates which Juniper is evaluating, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
December 12, 2014
11:01 EDTCIENOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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December 11, 2014
11:00 EDTCIENCiena rallies sharply after results, levels to watch
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10:24 EDTFNSR, CIENOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:02 EDTCIENCiena sees Q1 revenue $540M-$570M, consensus $566.58M
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07:01 EDTCIENCiena reports Q4 adjusted EPS (8c), may not compare to consensus 13c
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December 10, 2014
15:38 EDTCIENCiena December weekly 17 straddle priced for 8.2% move into Q4
15:25 EDTCIENNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Lululemon (LULU), consensus 38c; RadioShack (RSH), consensus ($1.04); Ciena (CIEN), consensus 13c; Methode Electronics (MEI), consensus 55c.
15:00 EDTCIENCiena management to meet with William Blair
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10:20 EDTFNSROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:16 EDTJNPRBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
December 9, 2014
15:49 EDTOPLKGabelli raises stake in Oplink Communications to 9.55% from 8.24%
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15:06 EDTCIENCiena volatility elevated as shares trend up into Q4 and outlook
Ciena December weekly call option implied volatility is at 118, December is at 68, January is at 52, April is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results before the market open on December 11.
14:57 EDTCIEN, FNSRTelecom equipment stocks rally after Verizon CFO comments on wireless CapEx
Telecom equipment stocks, which opened lower, rallied after Verizon (VZ) CFO Fran Shammo said he sees wireless CapEx continuing to trend upward. Shammo, speaking at the UBS 42nd Annual Global Media And Communications Conference, said, "The day we start to cut wireless CapEx is the day we start to wonder where the future of this industry is going." Ciena (CIEN), JDSU (JDSU), and Finisar (FNSR) all reversed earlier losses. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Ciena is up 1.5%, JDS Uniphase is up 3.8%, and Finisar is up 4.5%. Verizon, which was downgraded this morning to Neutral from Buy by RW Baird, is trading down almost 5%.
10:23 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:22 EDTJNPRBMO Capital to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTJNPRJuniper initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush
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December 8, 2014
10:20 EDTFNSROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:14 EDTCIEN Ciena volatility increase into Q4 and outlook
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