Ciena Corportation. (CIEN) provides communication networking equipment, software and services to support video and data traffic. The stock is currently trading around $24.66 at the very top of its 52 week range of $13.77-$24.66. The stock has been strongly outperforming the market this year rallying 27% year to date. CIEN is scheduled to report earnings before the bell tomorrow morning, and the stock is higher on the session by around $0.46 or 1.90% ahead of the close.

Over the past 12 quarters CIEN has rallied on earnings day 8 times with an average move of 9.93%. CIEN appears fairly bullish on a chart going into the release having traded above the Ichimoku Cloud for today’s session. Over the past 12 quarters CIEN has rallied from earnings to the nearest options expiration 8 times with an average move of 11.99%. The stock looks as if it could continue its trend of ripping to the upside in today’s session. The Ichimoku Cloud has consistently changed trends, but has been bullish today and shows a growing cloud for today’s trading session. Investors are mainly looking for a higher number of orders from international customers to boost Ciena’s top line. Other points to watch out for is the diversification and expansion of its customer base and addressable market as well as growing demand for cloud-based on-demand networking capabilities and how this will affect revenue.

The options market is currently implying a move of around $1.82 or 7.38% in CIEN by this Friday’s close giving us targets of $22.84 and $26.48.

Andrew Keene

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