Top 10 Restaurant Companies To Buy For 2016

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Top 10 Restaurant Companies To Buy For 2016: Zions Bancorporation(ZION)

 

Zions Bancorporation, a financial holding company, provides a range of banking and related services in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The company offers community banking services, such as small and medium-sized business and corporate banking; commercial and residential development, construction, and term lending; retail banking; treasury cash management and related products and services; and residential mortgage servicing and lending. It also provides trust and wealth management services; capital markets services, including municipal finance advisory and underwriting; and investment services. In addition, the company offers personal banking services to individuals, including home mortgages, bankcards, other installment loans, home equity lines of credit, checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit of various types and maturities, safe de posit facilities, direct deposits, and Internet and mobile banking services. Further, it provides online and traditional brokerage services; small business administration and secondary market agricultural real estate mortgage loans; and bond transfer, stock transfer, and escrow services for corporate customers. As of December 31, 2015, the company operated 450 domestic branches. Zions Bancorporation was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Bank of America (BAC) is our top bank idea – expectations are lower with shares at ~0.9x TBV, its balance sheet is highly asset sensitive (~100 bps parallel increase in rates adds ~$6B to NII or ~$0.35 to EPS), and Bank of America should be a relative winner in CCAR (total payout ratio should rise closer to ~60% vs. ~40% in 2015 planning period). We continue to like Comerica (CMA) given its M&A optionality over the intermediate term (takeout price likely closer to ~$60) but would use market volatility to add on weakness. It is harder to find value in the regional banks (examples: Citizens Financial Group (CFG), Regions Financial (RF), SunTrust Banks (STI), Zions Bancorp (ZION)), and the asset-sensitive regionals look more vulnerable if sentiment weakens. We remain comfortable with the Underperform on M&T Bank (MTB) which trades at ~13.5x 2017E EPS vs. the ~11x peer median.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.39 per share on revenue of $576.49 million.

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

Top 10 Restaurant Companies To Buy For 2016: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

 

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. engages in the contract drilling of oil and gas wells. It provides drilling rigs, equipment, personnel, and camps on a contract basis to explore for and develop oil and gas from onshore areas and from fixed platforms, tension-leg platforms, and spars in offshore areas. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Land, Offshore, and International Land. The U.S. Land segment drills primarily in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Nevada. The Offshore segment has drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Equatorial Guinea. The International Land segment conducts drilling operations in Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Mozambique. As of November 12, 2015, the company operated a fleet of 344 land rigs in the United States; 38 international land rigs; and 9 offshore platform rigs. The company also owns, develops, and operates commercial real estate properties; and researches and develops rotary steerable technology. Its real estate investments include a shopping center comprising approximately 441,000 leasable square feet; multi-tenant industrial warehouse properties covering approximately one million leasable square feet; and approximately 210 acres of undeveloped real estate located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Richard Moroney, Editor, Dow Theory Forecasts]

    Helmerich & Payne (HP) has paid a dividend without interruption since 1959 and raised the distribution in 40 straight years.

    Following a pair of hikes in less than 12 months, Helmerich’s quarterly dividend stands at $0.50 per share, compared to $0.07 per share a year ago.

Top 5 Construction Material Stocks To Invest In 2016: Buenaventura Mining Company Inc.(BVN)

 

Compa帽铆a de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., a precious metals company, engages in the exploration, mining, and processing of gold, silver, lead, zinc, and copper metals in Peru. The company operates five directly operating mining units, including Uchucchacua, Orcopampa, Julcani, Mallay, and Breapampa; and two mining unites that are under development stage comprising Tambomayo and San Gabriel. It also owns interests in Colquijirca-Marcapunta, Tantahuatay, and La Zanja mines, as well as Tantahuatay, Yanacocha and Cerro Verde mines. In addition, the company provides electrical transmission services; energy generation services through hydroelectric plants; and geological, engineering, design, and construction consulting services to the mining sector, as well as engages in chemical processing activities. Compa帽铆a de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Lima, Peru.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Sally Jones]

    Buenaventura Mining Company Inc. (BVN)

    Down 70% over 12 months, Buenaventura Mining Company Inc. has a market cap of $2.95 billion, and trades with a P/E of 6.70.

Top 10 Restaurant Companies To Buy For 2016: Sunoco LP(SUN)

 

Sunoco LP engages in the wholesale distribution and retail sale of motor fuels primarily in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and Hawaii. It operates through two segments, Wholesale and Retail. It serves convenience stores and consignment locations, contracted independent convenience store operators, and other commercial customers. The company also distributes other petroleum products, such as propane and lubricating oils; and leases or subleases real estate properties used in the retail distribution of motor fuels. As of December 31, 2014, it operated 155 convenience stores and fuel outlets offering merchandise, food service, motor fuel, and other services in 5 states. Sunoco GP LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was formerly known as Susser Petroleum Partners LP and changed its name to Sunoco LP in October 2014. Sunoco LP is based in Houston, Te xas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on August 3, 2016.

    J B Hunt Transport Services Inc (NASDAQ: JBHT) – $0.2200 dividend, 1.0791 percent yield Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE: JCI) – $0.2900 dividend, 2.6250 percent yield FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) – $0.3600 dividend, 3.9680 percent yield Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) – $0.8255 dividend, 10.7347 percent yield Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) – $0.3800 dividend, 3.1588 percent yield BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP) – $0.6000 dividend, 6.8768 percent yield American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) – $0.1000 dividend, 1.1442 percent yield Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) – $0.1300 dividend, 2.9834 percent yield Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) – $0.0300 dividend, 1.1321 percent yield Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE: SXT) – $0.2700 dividend, 1.5341 percent yield

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Top 10 Restaurant Companies To Buy For 2016: SVB Financial Group(SIVB)

SVB Financial Group, a diversified financial services company, provides various banking and financial products and services. The company offers deposit products, such as traditional deposit and checking accounts, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, and sweep accounts, as well as lockbox and merchant services; and lending products and services, including traditional term loans, equipment loans, asset-based loans, revolving lines of credit, accounts-receivable-based lines of credits, capital call lines of credits, and credit cards. It also provides cash management products and services comprising wire transfer and automated clearing house payment services, collection services, disbursement services, electronic funds transfers, and online banking services. In addition, the company offers foreign exchange services; letters of credit, including export, import, and standby letters of credit; investment services and solutions; brokerage; asset management; investment a dvisory services, such as outsourced treasury services; and non-banking products and services, such as funds management, venture capital/private equity investment, and equity valuation services. Further, it provides private banking services comprising mortgages, home equity lines of credit, restricted stock purchase loans, and other secured and unsecured lending services. As of March 09, 2012, the company operated 26 offices in the United States and 7 offices internationally. It serves customers in the technology, venture capital/private equity, life science, wine, and clean tech industries. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

Top 10 Restaurant Companies To Buy For 2016: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG)

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. develops and operates fast-casual, fresh Mexican food restaurants in the United States, Canada, and England. Its restaurants primarily offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. As of December 31, 2011, it operated 1,230 restaurants, which includes 1 ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Johanna Bennett] Getty Images

    Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) fell 1.2% in after-hours market action after the troubled restaurant chain posted disappointing second-quarter financial results.

    The Street did not have grand expectations for the quarter. Chipotle is struggling to recover from last years string of E. coli and salmonella outbreaks. Six months have passed since the last reported food safety incident, and according to a recent Morgan Stanley survey, approximately 25% of the chains customers have stopped going or reduced the frequency of their visits.

    At 87 cents per share, earnings missed consensus estimates by three cents, while revenue fell 16.6% from last year to $998.4 million, according to data from Briefing.com. The Street had expected the company to earn 90 cents a share on revenue of $1.04 billion.

    Same-store sales fell 23.6% during the quarter, against the 20.5% decline expected by the Street. Comparable sales rose 4.5% during the same span last year.

    At $413.12, Chipotle remains well below the 52-week high $758.61 it hit last summer, before the first E. coli outbreak.

    Investors have been waiting for the stock to find a bottom. Earlier this week, CLSA analyst Jeremy Scott argued that the risk/reward favors the bulls. He explains why:

    Our $460 target price (unchanged) is based on a 30x FY18CL EPS, discounted at 8% (effective 28x multiple). We view FY18 as a more normalized operating environment. While our concerns over restaurant margins and store growth havent changed, over the next 12 months, we believe traffic recovery is the headline that matters. We think Chiptopia and Chorizo are the key catalysts.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Morgan Stanley downgraded Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) to Equal-Weight.
    UBS downgraded AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) to Sell.
    Citi upgraded Sealed Air (NYSE: SEE) to Buy.
    Goldman Sachs upgraded Reinsurance Group (NYSE: RGA) to Buy.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) reported a 26.1 percent drop in same-store sales for February, versus a 36.4 percent decline in January. The company projected a Q1 loss of $1 or more per share. Chipotle shares fell 3.35 percent to $485.99 in the after-hours trading session.

Top 10 Restaurant Companies To Buy For 2016: Legacy Reserves LP(LGCY)

Legacy Reserves LP, an independent oil and natural gas limited partnership, engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties primarily located in the Permian Basin, Mid-Continent, and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. As of December 31, 2010, it owned interests in producing oil and natural gas properties in 370 fields in the Permian Basin, Texas Panhandle, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and several other states; operated 2,132 gross productive wells; and owned non-operated interests in 3,227 gross productive wells, as well as had proved reserves of approximately 52.8 million barrels of crude oil equivalent. Legacy Reserves GP, LLC operates as the general partner of the partnership. Legacy Reserves LP was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Willbros Group Inc (NYSE: WG) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Ocean Rig UDW Inc (NASDAQ: ORIG) and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

Top 10 Restaurant Companies To Buy For 2016: Medidata Solutions, Inc.(MDSO)

 

Medidata Solutions, Inc. provides cloud-based clinical development solutions for life sciences in the United States and internationally. The company offers applications and data analytics for clinical development. It offers Medidata Rave, a platform for capturing, managing, and reporting clinical data; Medidata CTMS, a clinical trial management solution that streamlines operational workflows; Medidata Designer, which enhances the efficiency of clinical trial start-up; Medidata Insights, a clinical business analytics platform; and Medidata Balance, a randomization and trial supply management solution. The company also provides Medidata Patient Cloud application for electronic patient-reported outcome; Medidata Grants Manager, which enables to develop and manage trial budgets; Medidata contract research organization (CRO) Contractor, an analytical tool for CRO outsourcing, budgeting, and negotiation; and Medidata SQM, a set of c loud-based site quality management dashboards. In addition, it offers Medidata Coder that provides medical coding and synonym management solutions; Medidata Safety Gateway, which offers a solution for collecting and transmitting adverse events and related data from the EDC system; and Medidata Targeted SDV that provides auditable and scalable solutions, as well as offers hosting, support, and professional services. Medidata Solutions, Inc. markets and sells its cloud-based solutions through direct sales force, as well as through relationships with CROs and other strategic partners. The company serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics companies; and academic institutions, contract research organizations, and other entities engaged in clinical trials. Medidata Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, technology shares climbed by 0.94 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) and Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDSO).

Top 10 Restaurant Companies To Buy For 2016: Veeva Systems Inc.(VEEV)

Veeva Systems Inc. (Veeva), incorporated on January 12, 2007, is a provider of cloud-based software solutions for the global life sciences industry. The Company offers solutions for a range of requirements within life sciences companies, including multichannel customer relationship management, regulated content and information management, master data management and customer data. The Company offers solutions to areas, including the Veeva CRM family of applications for multichannel customer relationship management to enable coordinated and personalized customer engagement through multiple touch points; Veeva Vault for regulated content management and information management solutions to enable the management of content-centric processes; the Veeva Network master data management solutions for the management of customer master and product master data, and Veeva’s data and data services offerings, including Veeva OpenData for customer reference data and Veeva KOL Data for data.

The Company’s professional services include implementation and deployment planning and project management; requirements analysis, solution design and configuration; systems environment management and deployment services; services focused on advancing or transforming business and operating processes related to Veeva solutions; technical consulting services related to data migration and systems integrations; training on solutions, and ongoing managed services, such as outsourced systems administration. The Company offers Veeva Commercial Cloud for the commercial function of life sciences companies.

Multichannel Customer Relationship Management

Veeva CRM, the Company’s multichannel customer relationship management solutions, allow pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to market and sell to physicians, other healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations across multiple touch points, including in-person, e-mail and online. Veev a CRM provides specialized functionality, such as prescripti! on drug sample management with electronic signature capture, the management of complex affiliations between physicians and the organizations where they work, and the capture of medical inquiries from physicians. The Company has designed and built a specific application for each mobile device platform it support, including Apple iPads, Windows 8 and 10 mobile devices, Windows-based laptops and tablet personal computers (PC).

The Company’s Veeva CRM and Veeva Medical CRM enables physician-facing employees, such as pharmaceutical sales representatives, key account managers and scientific liaisons to manage, track and optimize interactions with healthcare professionals utilizing a single, integrated solution. Its Veeva CLM provides closed-loop marketing capabilities for use in in-person interactions with physicians. Veeva CLM allows customers to replace paper-based materials with interactive electronic marketing presentations while controlling the storage, distribut ion, presentation and tracking of promotional materials. Its Veeva CRM Mobile is a mobile application that runs on the Apple iPad and the Windows 8 and 10 platforms, combines the key functionality of Veeva CRM and Veeva CLM to provide users with functionality that helps maximize productivity in the field. Veeva CRM Mobile was designed to provide the functionality needed for pharmaceutical field sales representatives and other users to finish tasks in locations, such as hospitals and physicians’ offices, whether or not an Internet connection is available. Its Veeva CRM Approved Email provides for the management, delivery and tracking of regulatory compliant e-mail communication between sales representatives and physicians.

The Company’s Veeva CRM Engage provides closed-loop marketing capabilities for self-directed physician interactions via the Web. The Company’s Veeva CRM CoBrowse provides closed-loop marketing capabilities for Web-based presentations to physici ans led by the sales and marketing staff of life sciences co! mpanies. ! Its Veeva CRM Events Management enables the planning, management and execution of group meetings with healthcare professionals, and helps life sciences companies track and manage spending in order to meet transparency reporting requirements. Its Veeva Align enables life sciences companies to manage the allocation and alignment of sales and marketing resources to customers across various communication channels and define multichannel plans of action.

Regulated Content Management and Collaboration

Veeva Vault, its cloud-based content and information management solution, is used by its customers across commercial functions, including medical, sales and marketing, and research and development (R&D) functions, including clinical, regulatory and quality. Veeva Vault consists of over nine business applications and its Veeva Vault Platform. Veeva Vault applications each include a data model, deep functionality, and pre-defined workflows required to support specific industry processes. Veeva Vault can be deployed as an integrated solution across multiple applications, enabling its customers to manage various important documents and related data in a single, global system. The Veeva Vault Platform was built with the content and information management requirements of the life sciences industry in mind, including audit trail capabilities that record actions and updates enabling customers to manage their regulated content and data in a compliant manner. In addition, the Veeva Vault Platform offers functionality across various the Veeva Vault applications, such as searching, content viewing and annotation, workflow and approvals, electronic signatures, reporting and open application programming interfaces to allow for integration with other systems. The Veeva Vault Platform also includes a configuration toolset that allows customers to create their own Veeva Vault applications.

Veeva Vault applications primarily for use by research and development departments of life sciences co! mpanies i! nclude Veeva Vault eTMF, which is an electronic trial master file application that manages the repository of important documents for active and archived clinical trials and also enables collaboration between the life sciences company sponsoring the trial and its outsourced partners; Veeva Vault Study Startup enables life sciences companies to manage the process of activating investigator sites for clinical trials, accelerating time to first patient enrollment and automating complicated processes while helping to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements and connectivity with Vault eTMF; Veeva Vault Investigator Portal, which manages the collection of documentation and collaboration among trial sponsors, trial sites and the researchers conducting the trials, known as investigators; Veeva Vault QualityDocs enables the creation, review, approval, distribution and management of controlled documents, such as standard operating procedures (SOPs), manufacturing recipes and s pecifications, and Veeva Vault Submissions, which helps life sciences companies to gather and organize all the documents and other content that will be included in a regulatory submission to a healthcare authority, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Company’s Veeva Vault Registrations enables life sciences companies to manage, track and report product and registration information around the world, including registration status, variations, health authority questions and commitments and certification requests. Its Veeva Vault SubmissionsArchive is an authoritative source for submissions and correspondence that stores published submissions in a secure, globally accessible repository. Its Veeva Vault PromoMats enables life sciences companies to manage the end-to-end process for creation, approval, distribution, expiration and withdrawal of commercial content across the digital supply chain. Its Veeva Vault MedComms provides life sciences companies with a single, validated source of medical content across mu! ltiple ch! annels and geographies.

Master Data Management

Veeva Network Customer Master, the Company’s cloud-based customer master and data management solution, is designed to help life sciences companies create and maintain a single, complete and accurate record of the healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations. Veeva Network Customer Master is an industry-specific, cloud-based customer master software solution that de-duplicates, standardizes and cleanses healthcare professional and organization data from multiple systems and data sources to arrive at a single, consolidated customer master record. Veeva Network Customer Master comes pre-configured with a data model that is specific to life sciences and supports global harmonization, as well as country, market and regional data specifications within a single system. Veeva Network Customer Master also includes an intuitive user interface, free text search and filtering capabilities, and the ability to track and measure data quality and operating efficiency through key performance indicators.

Veeva Network Customer Master can be used with Veeva OpenData to simplify the process of data delivery to customers and provide bi-directional integration of requests for data enrichment. Additionally, eeva Network Customer Master can be operated in what it refers to as private mode when data from third-party data providers is uploaded to the Veeva Network solution. In private mode, the bi-directional integration between Veeva Network Customer Master and Veeva OpenData is disabled. Veeva Network Customer Master is also fully integrated with Veeva CRM in order to make the healthcare professional and healthcare organization data available to sales and marketing users. The Company’s Veeva Network Product Master is a cloud-based product master data management offering to help life sciences companies create complete and accurate product master records.

Data and Data Services

Veeva OpenData Customer Data pro! vides hea! lthcare professional and healthcare organization data that includes demographic and license information, affiliations, and other key data, such as digital profiles crucial to customer engagement and compliance. Its Veeva OpenData Compliance Data identifies and assigns healthcare professional specialty information and license status, including expiration dates, which are required to the compliance processes with respect to certain life sciences activities, such as confirming drug sample eligibility and assigning sales territories. Its Veeva OpenData Data Services manage healthcare professional and healthcare organization data. Its Veeva OpenData Email Services provides e-mail data and e-mail rental services to help improve outreach to healthcare professionals through digital channels. Its Veeva KOL Data and Services provide profile information for important healthcare professionals and other stakeholders, gathered from their conference presentations, published research, clini cal trials, grants, articles and social activity.

The Company competes with Oracle Corporation, IMS Health Holding, Inc., EMC Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, OpenText Corporation and Informatica Corporation.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE: VEEV) shares shot up 9 percent to $32.30 after the company reported better-than-expected results for the first quarter and issued a strong revenue forecast for the year.

Top 10 Restaurant Companies To Buy For 2016: CIENA Corporation(CIEN)

Ciena Corporation provides equipment, software, and service solutions that support the transport, switching, aggregation, and management of voice, video, and data traffic on communications networks worldwide. Its product portfolio consists of packet-optical transport that includes optical transport solutions to increase network capacity and enable delivery of a broader mix of high-bandwidth services; and packet-optical switching, which comprise optical switching platforms incorporating multiservice and multi-protocol switching systems that enable automated optical infrastructures for the delivery of various enterprise and consumer-oriented network services. The company also offers carrier Ethernet solutions, including service delivery switches and service aggregation switches to support the access and aggregation tiers of communications networks, as well as to support wireless backhaul infrastructures and business data services; and software solutions to track individual s ervices across multiple product suites, facilitating planned network maintenance, outage detection, and identification of customers or services affected by network troubles. In addition, Ciena Corporation provides consulting and support services, such as project management, deployment, maintenance support, consulting, and training services, as well as network analysis, planning, design, optimization, and tuning. Its packet-optical transport, packet-optical switching, and carrier Ethernet solutions products are used individually or as part of an integrated solution in communications networks operated by communications service providers, cable operators, governments, enterprises, and other network operators. The company sells its communications networking solutions directly, as well as through strategic channel relationships. Ciena Corporation was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Linthicum, Maryland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) is seeing a huge improvement in its U.S and European business from the carriers for its 100G transport, OTN and packet networking portfolio. The Deutsche Bank price target is $27, and the Thomson/First Call estimate is also $27.