This Hour: Finisar Jumps on Earnings Reports

Finisar Corporation (FNSR) gained seven percent in after-hours trading. That level surpassed the gain recorded at the end of the of trading day of six percent. FNSR Q2 reports beat analyst expectations and boosted FNSR's stock price. Finisar is a company that provides fiber optic solutions for the fiber channel, gigabit ethernet, and CATV markets. FNSR stock is up 135% on the year, with its current share price at US $33.41.

FNSR stock beat analyst expectations by US $0.12, reporting a Q2 earnings per share (EPS) of US $0.58 versus the estimate of US $0.46. Revenue produced by the firm also exceeded expectations, coming in at US $369.9 million versus the consensus estimate of US $361.99 million, according to StreetInsider.com.

Finisar Corporation (FNSR)

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“I am pleased to announce that Finisar achieved all-time quarterly records for revenues and profits in our second quarter,” said Jerry Rawls, Finisar’s Chief Executive Officer, in a press release.

Rawls went on to say that revenues saw an increase of US $28.5 million, or 8.4% over the first quarter. This growth was driven by a strong demand for 100G transceivers. Customer demand for wavelength selective switches and ROADM line card products was also strong. Gross margins for FNSR improved significantly due to a favorable product mix and leverage achieved from vertical integration with larger volumes. The combination of revenues being higher along with higher gross margins resulted in earnings per fully diluted share above the guidance range.

We will continue to monitor the progress of FNSR.


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World Markets

Japan's Nikkei share average rose for a fifth day on Monday assisted by a strong show on Wall Street and a weak yen. The Nikkei rose 0.8 percent to 19,155.03, recording the highest closing level since mid-December last year. The broader Topix added 0.4 percent to 1,531.43 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.4 percent to 13,712.76.

The MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares dropped 0.5 percent after posting its biggest weekly rise in nearly three months last week.

Chinese stocks suffered their biggest fall in six months as blue chip stock prices were hit by fresh regulatory curbs. The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 2.4 percent, to 3,409.18 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 2.5 percent to 3,152.97 points.

Commodities

Oil prices climbed to their highest levels in a year and a half on Monday after OPEC and non-OPEC producers agreed to cut oil output in order to ease a global supply glut. The agreement between OPEC and a number of other oil producing nations was the first joint action since 2001, following more than two years of low prices that strained many government's budgets and spurred unrest in countries from the Middle East to Latin America.

Brent futures for February delivery rose more than 4 percent to US $56.59 per barrel, with U.S. crude gaining a similar amount to US $53.78 per barrel at the end of the trading day in Asia.

Currencies

Bitcoins, the web-based digital currency, recorded its highest levels in almost three years on Friday. The Bitcoin was able to extend gains when India sparked a cash shortage by removing high-denomination banknotes from circulation a month ago.

Bitcoin has traded as high as US $774 on the New York-based itBit exchange, up almost 1 percent on the day and the highest since February 2014. The currency has climbed almost 9 percent in the past month.

Bitcoin is a cash alternative that can be used for moving money across the globe quickly and anonymously without the need for a central authority to process transactions. It has gained around 80 percent so far this year.