Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) and Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY) had two things in common this morning: both released their quarterly earnings and both saw their stocks get battered after the market caught a glimpse of them. The big difference is that Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY)’s dip of more than 16% has persisted throughout the day, while Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) has made a big rebound from being down by more than 7% at one point to now trading up by more than 2% for the day. Why has the market warmed to Ciena while continuing to deprive Joy Global of, well, joy? Let’s see if we can find out.
Ciena, a provider of communications networking equipment, delivered EPS of $0.37, which was $0.03 higher than what analysts expected. However, its quarterly revenues of $602.93 million were $26.94 million lower than estimates. Gary B. Smith, the company’s CEO blamed the timing of network implementations with certain customers for the shortfall in the top line results, but he remains confident of the company’s fundamental demand drivers and now expects Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) to exceed the 10% adjusted operating margin for the full year. That vote of confidence may be why investors have warmed up to the otherwise disappointing results as the day has progressed.
A $1.81 billion manufacturer of mining equipment, Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY) continues to struggle as a player in the challenging commodities market. The company’s EPS of $0.54 for the June quarter was $0.07 below expectations, while its revenues of $792 million fell $6.73 million below the expected mark. CEO Ted Doheny plans to accelerate the company’s facility optimization plans in a bid to reduce costs.
Hedge funds appear to have anticipated the underwhelming results of both companies, as both Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) and Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY) experienced a loss of interest from the hedge funds we track during the second quarter. A total of 31 funds had about $339.29 million invested in Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) at the end of June, compared to 32 firms with $342.08 million in shares at the end of the previous quarter. As for Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY), 19 funds had an aggregate investment of $405.73 million in the company at the end of the second trimester, down from 20 firms with $424.71 million in holdings at the end of March.
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Expanding on the sentiment of the professional money managers that we follow, Kerr Nielson‘s Platinum Asset Management is the largest stockholder of Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) within our database, owning some 6.15 million shares. For Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY), the top of the shareholder list is occupied by First Pacific Advisors, led by Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick, and Ken Griffin‘s Citadel Investment Group. Their respective holdings amount to 3.76 million shares valued at $136.17 million and 2.43 million shares valued at $88.24 million.