WR Hambrecht Cuts JDS Uniphase to 'Buy'

Analyst Jim Liang downgraded the optical networking giant on a sharply lower outlook for revenue amid weak demand

WR Hambrecht downgraded JDS Uniphase (JDSU ) to buy from strong buy.

Analyst Jim Liang says the downturn in the optical long-haul market is longer and deeper than he expected. He notes the company forecast Q1 revenue below its $450 million prior guidance, and did not offer further guidance due to poor visibility.

Liang sees $360 million Q1 revenue, and says the communications component industry is in the midst of a significant inventory correction as a result of overbooking and reduced end-market demand. He cut his $2.06 billion fiscal 2002 (June) revenue estimate to $1.44 billion, and cut the $0.08 EPS to $0.02.

Liang also cut the US$30 12-month target to $15.

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