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August 13, 2014
11:27 EDTT, FNSR, INFN, JDSU, DTV, CIENJDSU falls after outlook disappoints, analyst downgrades
Shares of JDSU (JDSU), a provider of equipment to telecommunications service providers, are sharply lower after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance were reported last night. Following the report, the stock was downgraded this morning at two Street research firms. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, JDSU reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings of 14c per share, beating the consensus forecast by 1c, on revenue of $448.6M, which topped the consensus $436.8M view. However, JDSU expects revenue to be $405M-$425M in its first quarter and sees Q1 EPS of 8c-12c, which fell short of consensus of about $441M and 14c, respectively. JDSU's President and CEO Tom Waechter said, "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015, we believe there are strong market drivers across our three business segments, and that we are well positioned with differentiated products and solutions to support our customers as they transition to Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and more dependency on cloud infrastructure. We continue to lead in our core network and anti-counterfeiting markets and I am pleased with the momentum we are building in our commercial lasers business on the strength of our highly differentiated fiber laser product line." ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, B. Riley analyst Dave Kang cut his rating on JDSU shares to Neutral from a Buy rating, citing near-term uncertainties in the North American telecom market. Kang pointed to two events contributing to that uncertainty, namely an architectural shift to SDN, or Software Defined Networking, and AT&T's (T) planned merger with DirecTV (DTV). The analyst acknowledged previously underestimating the potential impact of the SDN shift on the telecom equipment industry and noted that appears to be impacting JDSU's NSE business more than its optical component unit. Kang prefers Finisar (FNSR) over JDSU given the current environment, noting that about 70% of Finisar's sales come from the datacom sector. Kang lowered his price target on JDS Uniphase shares to $11.75 from $15.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen also downgraded JDSU following its report, lowering his rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Jensen also said the company's worse than expected guidance indicates softer Telco spending and he believes JDSU will have trouble showing significant revenue acceleration even if the optical upgrade cycle starts to ramp up. Piper lowered its price target on the stock to $12 from $14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of telecom equipment include Ciena (CIEN) and Infinera (INFN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of JDSU fell $1.12, or 9.4%, to $10.78. Meanwhile, shares of Finisar were down nearly 2% to $19.58, Ciena slipped 1.5% to $18.92 and Infinera was fractionally higher at $9.09.
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December 10, 2014
05:51 EDTTStocks with implied volatility movement; CBST T
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05:15 EDTTAT&T rebrands Alltel in Georgia
AT&T has upgraded the former Alltel retail locations in Georgia and opened them under the AT&T brand. AT&T has also upgraded the former Alltel network in Georgia to combine the strength of Alltel's local coverage with AT&T's 4G LTE network. In early 2015, more than 100,000 former Alltel wireless customers in Georgia will begin using new devices that work on AT&T's network.
December 9, 2014
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 EDTFNSR, JDSU, CIENTelecom 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%.
10:28 EDTTVerizon drops after warning about promotional impact on profits
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07:32 EDTTUBS to hold a conference
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December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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10:42 EDTDTVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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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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December 5, 2014
11:24 EDTFNSRFinisar management to meet with B. Riley
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10:40 EDTFNSROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:01 EDTDTV, TTechNet: Combined AT&T/DirecTV will increase broadband development
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05:51 EDTFNSRFinisar weakness a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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December 4, 2014
18:34 EDTFNSROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:13 EDTFNSRFinisar down 3% after earnings, guidance miss estimates
16:04 EDTFNSRFinisar sees Q3 EPS 23c-27c, consensus 28c
Sees Q3 revenues $297M-$312M, consensus $323.85M. Sees Q3 non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 31%. "The second quarter was challenging. During the quarter, we experienced decreased demand for telecom products compared to the prior fiscal quarter, due to sluggish carrier capital expenditures. In addition, sales of transceivers for wireless applications were soft as were sales to several datacom customers with lumpy order patterns," said Jerry Rawls, Finisar's executive Chairman. "We remain confident in our industry leading market position and the long term growth potential for the industry. We expect revenue to grow sequentially in the third fiscal quarter, primarily driven by growth in the demand for 40 gigabit and 100 gigabit transceivers for datacom applications as well as transceivers for wireless applications," said CEO Eitan Gertel.
16:02 EDTFNSRFinisar reports Q2 EPS 23c, consensus 25c
Reports Q2 revenue $297.0M, consensus $315.25M. Non-GAAP gross margin decreased to 31.1% from 32.0% in the preceding quarter.
15:18 EDTFNSRNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Cooper Companies (COO), consensus $2.03; ULTA Salon (ULTA), consensus 84c; American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), consensus 22c; Five Below (FIVE), consensus 6c; Ambarella (AMBA), consensus 54c; Finisar (FNSR), consensus 25c; Smith & Wesson (SWHC), consensus 7c.
06:10 EDTDTVDirecTV contract with HBO has clauses for streaming, WSJ reports
DirecTV's (DTV) contract with Time Warner's (TWX) HBO has clauses should the premium channel's streaming-video service sign up more than 450,000 subscribers nationally, Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. If the subscriber number is hit, DirecTV could scale back its marketing of HBO and get the right to offer the streaming product, the Journal adds. Reference Link
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