MKM Partners Sticks With Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN) As a Buy; They Now Have a Target Of $26


Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN) Rating Reaffirmed

Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN) just had their share rating of a ‘Buy’ issued by research analysts at MKM Partners, who now has a $26 PT on the $2.73 billion market cap company or a 31.65% upside potential. This key information was announced to investors in a very recent research note on Friday morning.

From a total of 18 analysts covering Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN) stock, 17 rate it a ”Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 4 a ”Hold”. This means that 81% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $36 while the lowest target price is $11. The mean of all analyst targets is $27.04 with a 35.58% above today’s ($19.76) stock price. Ciena Corporation was the topic of 15 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Northland Capital upgraded shares on December 10 to “Outperform” rating. Zacks upgraded shares to “Hold” rating and $26 target share price in a report from an August 10. RBC Capital Markets upgraded CIEN stock in a recent report from September 9 to “Outperform” rating. B. Riley & Co initiated the rating on July 22. B. Riley & Co has a “Buy” rating and a $30.75 price target on shares. Finally, M Partners maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in a report issued on a September 4.

Approximately 6.61M shares of stock traded hands or 132.75% up from the average. Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN) has declined 9.16% since May 8, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 6.14% the S&P500.

The overall sentiment of institutions has increased to 1.74 in Q2 2015. Its up 0.27, from 1.47 in 2015Q2. The ratio increased, as 39 institutions have sold all the shares of Ciena Corporation that they owned while 68 funds have taken shares off the table. 46 funds have purchased shares for the first time while 140 added to their positions. These institutions now hold 141.44 million shares or 17.69% more than the 120.19 million shares they owned in 2015Q2.

The Fund Sophrosyne Capital Llc currently is holding shares equating to 69.81% of its total portfolio in Ciena Corporation representing a total of 388,527 shares. Another fund,Afton Capital Management Llc, is holding a total of 70,000 shares equating to 4.29% of their holdings. Additionally, S Squared Technology Llc has a 116,804 share stake in Ciena Corporation which represents 2.82% of their total portfolio. The Fund, Broadview Advisors Llc, based out of Wisconsin, has also built up a stake in the stock, which represents a total of 1.82% of their total portfolio. Finally Peconic Partners Llc, a fund which is based in the state of New York reported a total holdings of 531,300 shares.

Insider activity is a very important aspect to track on any stock. Going back to March 12, 2015, shareholders of Ciena Corporation have witnessed 0 buys, and a total of 55 sales equating to a net activity of approximately $4.72 million . Smith Gary B sold 4,500 shares worth approximately $106,264. Moylan James E Jr sold 1,000 shares worth approximately $23,340. Rothenstein David M sold 1,500 shares worth approximately $33,600. Alexander Stephen B sold 3,500 shares worth approximately $78,400. The company insider Claflin Bruce L. sold 400 shares worth $9,104.

Ciena Corporation is a provider of communications networking equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation and management of voice, video and data traffic. The company has a market cap of $2.73 billion. The Firm operates in four divisions: converged packet optical, packet networking, optical transport, and software and services. It currently has negative earnings. The Company’s service well-known provider clients include regional, national and international, wire line and wireless carriers.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Ciena Corporation is the network specialist, focused on expanding the possibilities for its customers’ networks while reducing their cost of ownership. The Company’s systems, software and services target and cure specific network pain points so that telcos, cable operators, governments and enterprises can best exploit the new applications that are driving their businesses forward.” Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Ciena Corporation (CIEN).