NI Technology Updates Outlooks for Blue Coat Systems

Next Inning Technology Research (, an online investment newsletter focused on semiconductor and technology stocks, has published updated outlooks for Blue Coat Systems (Nasdaq: BCSI), Nvidia (Nasdaq: NVDA), Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), and Ciena (Nasdaq: CIEN).

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McWilliams covers these topics and more in his recent reports:

— Should investors consider adding shares of Blue Coat following the stock’s recent pullback? Could Blue Coat be worth more in an acquisition than it is as a stand-alone company?

— Does McWilliams buy into the recent positive sentiment surrounding Nvidia? Is the stock’s recent run higher backed up fundamentals and potential growth? Where does Nvidia fit into the current processor ecosystem, and can it carve out and defend a profitable niche over the long term?

— Do larger tech sector trends suggest continued growth in Cisco’s core markets? How do Cisco’s various non-core products fit into the company’s overall strategy? Is Wall Street’s outlook for Cisco’s next fiscal year too conservative? What are the two challenges facing Cisco in the long term?

— Throughout the recovery. McWilliams listed Finisar as his favorite investment in the optical networking sector. If we look back at full year 2010 performance comparisons, we can see Ciena moved up 94% while Finisar moved up 233%. Is McWilliams expecting Ciena to be the big gainer in 2011 or is much of the positive sentiment for the company already reflected in the stock price?

— What three key factors may be working in Alcatel-Lucent’s favor going forward? What was behind the stock’s drop in late 2010? Is Alcatel-Lucent poised for a rebound in 2011?

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Next Inning is a subscription-based investment newsletter that provides regular coverage on more than 150 technology and semiconductor stocks. Subscribers receive intra-day analysis, commentary and recommendations, as well as access to monthly semiconductor sales analysis, regular Special Reports, and the Next Inning model portfolio. Editor Paul McWilliams is a 30+ year semiconductor industry veteran.