Needham & Company Maintains a 'Buy' on CIENA (CIEN); Putting VZ/JNPR Deal in Context

June 15, 2012 9:29 AM EDT
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Needham & Company maintains a 'Buy' on CIENA (NASDAQ: CIEN) price target of $16.00.

Analyst, Alex Henderson, said, "We continue to believe Ciena is well positioned and note the newly announced Sprint (NYSE: S) award as additional evidence. The Juniper (Nasdaq: JNPR) announcement with Verizon of a converged wireline with wireless core based on Juniper’s IP/MPLS PTX SuperCore routers raises a question about the control plane vision at Verizon. How does Verizon (NYSE: VZ) see OTN and how do you square the PTX routing core with the Verizon Metro build with Ciena?"

"We think Ciena’s control plane strength is a core asset and we think the success selling DWDM coherent 100G transport strengthens their position as a primary supplier of OTN switching, ROADMs and Carrier Optical Ethernet."

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Shares of CIENA closed at $15.06 yesterday.

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