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TECH STOCKS: Ciena, Cisco, Facebook Highlight Mixed Tech Action

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12/12/2013 | 10:32pm CEST

By Rex Crum, MarketWatch

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Ciena Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. were among the decliners in the tech sector Thursday, but Facebook Inc. managed to post strong gains as the social-networking giant said it would soon be added to the S&P 500 index.

Ciena (CIEND) fell almost 7%, to close at $21.31, after the company reported on Thursday a quarterly loss of $9.8 million, or 9 cents a share, on revenue of $583.4 million, compared with a loss of $38.8 million, or 39 cents a share, on $465.5 million in sales in the same period a year ago. Excluding one-time items, Ciena would have earned 16 cents a share.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had forecast Ciena to earn 24 cents a share on $568 million in revenue.

Ciena said gross margins as a percentage of revenue fell to 39.7% from 41.3% a year ago. Operating expenses also rose to $232 million from $214 million in last year's fourth quarter.

Ciena Chief Executive Gary Smith said that the initial market reaction should be taken with a grain of salt.

"All of our [business] metrics performed strongly," Smith said. "We've got record backlog [of orders] and a lot of engagement with carriers around the world."

For its current fiscal first quarter, Ciena forecast revenue in a range of $515 million to $545 million, while analysts had forecast the company to post sales of $538 million.

With Ciena losing ground, other companies in the networking sector also closed in the red as the sector often moves in tandem when one of its major companies reports upbeat or negative quarterly results.

Cisco Systems Inc. (>> Cisco Systems, Inc.) fell almost 2% to close at $20.51. Cisco officials on Thursday said the company expects revenue to grow between 3% and 6% over the next 3 to 5 years, which fell below analysts' expectations for 5% to 7% sales growth. And on Wednesday, Citigroup started coverage of the networking giant with a sell rating.

Juniper Networks Inc. (>> Juniper Networks, Inc.), F5 Networks Inc. (>> F5 Networks, Inc.) and JDS Uniphase Corp. (JDSUD) also closed in the red.

Separately, Ciena said it would transfer its stock listing to the New York Stock Exchange from the Nasdaq (RIXF) on Dec. 23. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index fell 5 points to close at 3,998, while the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOX) gave up almost 1% on the day.

Among other leading tech companies, Facebook Inc. (>> Facebook Inc) rose almost 5%, to close at $51.83 a share, as the social-networking giant said it would be added to the S&P 500 Index (SPX). The move was seen as a mixed blessing in some quarters, based on the historical performance of companies that replace others in the closely watched stock index.

Microsoft Corp. (>> Microsoft Corporation) shares gave up 1%, to close at $37.22 following reports that Ford Motor Co. (F) CEO Alan Mulally might not be the leading candidate to replace retiring CEO Steve Ballmer.

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Financials ($)
Sales 2017 2 825 M
EBIT 2017 345 M
Net income 2017 157 M
Finance 2017 21,0 M
Yield 2017 -
P/E ratio 2017 28,70
P/E ratio 2018 22,22
EV / Sales 2017 1,30x
EV / Sales 2018 1,17x
Capitalization 3 696 M
Income Statement Evolution
Consensus
 
Mean consensus OUTPERFORM
Number of Analysts 22
Average target price 30,9 $
Spread / Average Target 19%
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Managers
NameTitle
Gary B. Smith President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Patrick H. Nettles Executive Chairman
James E. Moylan Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President
Stephen B. Alexander Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President
Lawton Wehle Fitt Independent Director
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