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Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN) SVP Stephen B. Alexander sold 3,500 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, April 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.43, for a total value of $68,005.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 180,214 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,501,558. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN) traded down 0.10% on Thursday, hitting $19.88. The stock had a trading volume of 2,918,115 shares. Ciena has a one year low of $14.14 and a one year high of $27.94. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $22.79 and a 200-day moving average of $23.4. The company’s market cap is $2.088 billion.

Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN) last released its earnings data on Thursday, March 6th. The company reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.06 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $533.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $533.75 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.12 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 17.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Ciena will post $0.88 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

CIEN has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at National Alliance Securities initiated coverage on shares of Ciena in a research note on Tuesday, April 8th. They set a “buy” rating and a $27.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at RBC Capital downgraded shares of Ciena from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Friday, March 28th. They now have a $28.00 price target on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Ciena in a research note on Wednesday, March 12th. They now have a $24.00 price target on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $27.22.

Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN) is a provider of communications networking equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation and management of voice, video and data traffic.

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