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How to buy Ciena Corporation stock

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Ciena Corporation is a communication equipment business based in the US. Ciena Corporation shares (CIEN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Ciena Corporation employs 7,042 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.5 billion.

How to buy shares in Ciena Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Ciena Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CIEN. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Ciena Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Ciena Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Ciena Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Ciena Corporation share price

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Ciena Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-08.
52-week rangeUSD$38.03 - USD$61.52
50-day moving average USD$53.7585
200-day moving average USD$48.6351
Wall St. target priceUSD$58.41
PE ratio 24.6805
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.269

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Is it a good time to buy Ciena Corporation stock?

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Is Ciena Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Ciena Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Ciena Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Ciena Corporation's P/E ratio

Ciena Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 25x. In other words, Ciena Corporation shares trade at around 25x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Ciena Corporation's PEG ratio

Ciena Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.77. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Ciena Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Ciena Corporation's EBITDA

Ciena Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$641.3 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Ciena Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Ciena Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$3.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 14.8%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.97%
Return on equity TTM 14.82%
Profit margin 10.25%
Book value $16.667
Market capitalisation USD$8.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Ciena Corporation shares

There are currently 4.0 million Ciena Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Ciena Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 21.6% up from 3.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Ciena Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Ciena Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Ciena Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Ciena Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Ciena Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 1.7 million). Ciena Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.44. In other words for every 100,000 Ciena Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2440 shares are currently held short.

However Ciena Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Ciena Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Ciena Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Ciena Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Ciena Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0263% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Ciena Corporation shares, roughly 26 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Ciena Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Ciena Corporation stock.

Ciena Corporation share dividends

We're not expecting Ciena Corporation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Ciena Corporation's shares ever split?

Ciena Corporation's shares were split on a 1:7 basis on 24 September 2006. So if you had owned 7 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Ciena Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 600% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Ciena Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Ciena Corporation's share price.

Ciena Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Ciena Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $38.03 up to $61.52. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CIEN.US volatility(beta: 0.87)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Ciena Corporation's is 0.8682. This would suggest that Ciena Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Ciena Corporation overview

Ciena Corporation provides network hardware, software, and services that support the transport, routing, switching, aggregation, service delivery, and management of video, data, and voice traffic on communications networks worldwide. The company's Networking Platforms segment offers hardware networking products and solutions that optimized for the convergence of coherent optical transport, optical transport network switching, and packet switching. Its products include 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, Waveserver stackable interconnect system, and the 6500 Reconfigurable line system, and the 5400 family of Packet-Optical platforms, as well as Z-Series Packet-Optical Platform; 3000 family of service delivery switches and service aggregation switches, and the 5000 family of service aggregation switches, as well as 8700 Packetwave Platform and the Ethernet packet configuration for the 5410 Service Aggregation Switch; and 6500 Packet Transport System. This segment also sells operating system software and enhanced software features embedded in each of its products. The company's Blue Planet Automation Software and Services segment provides multi-domain service orchestration, inventory, route optimization and analysis, network function virtualization orchestration, analytics, and related services. Its Platform Software and Service segment offers OneControl unified management system and platform software services, as well as manage, control, and plan software. The company's Global Services segment provides consulting and network design, installation and deployment, maintenance support, and training services. The company sells its products through direct and indirect sales channels to network operators. Ciena Corporation was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland.

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