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Ciena (CIEN) Upgraded to Strong Buy on Growth Initiatives

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On Oct 5, 2016, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Ciena Corporation (CIEN - Free Report) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Going by the Zacks model, companies holding a Zacks Rank #1 have strong chances of outperforming the broader market over the next few quarters.

Why the Upgrade?

Ciena has been taking consistent initiatives to broaden its portfolio while diversifying its business lines. In addition, the company has also been undertaking geographical expansion, which is a big positive in our view.

Moreover, Ciena remains a beneficiary of the ongoing shift to cloud, which is also pushing up the demand for physical infrastructure to support that. In addition, rising demand for mobile connectivity and a booming market for Internet of Things bode well for this company.

Ciena’s largest telecom customers, AT&T (T - Free Report) and Verizon (VZ - Free Report) have been increasing their spending on infrastructure. This is an important growth driver for the company. In addition, owing to its diversification efforts, the company’s non-telecom customers are also contributing more to the top line of late. In the last reported quarter, non-telecom companies contributed nearly 37% of total sales.

Ciena’s focus on cost-cutting initiatives is another positive.

Nonetheless, there can be some challenges given the company’s highly leveraged balance sheet and intense competition from peers.

CIENA CORP Price and Consensus

CIENA CORP Price and Consensus | CIENA CORP Quote

Stock to Consider

Another stock worth considering in the same space is Finisar Corp. (FNSR - Free Report) , sporting a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The Zacks Consensus estimate for Finisar’s current fiscal year surged 63.5% over the past 30 days.

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