4 Contrarian Tech Stocks That Could End Up Huge Winners

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If you are a technology investor, there is a good chance that you look at the prices of many of the top companies and shake your head. For the most part, the sector has been overweighted by portfolio managers for years, and many of the best companies are simply too expensive to buy right now. That doesn’t mean they are not still awesome. It just means they are too rich.

We screened our 24/7 Wall St. research database looking for tech stocks that are either very oversold or wildly out of favor now, and we found four that aggressive investors with a longer timeline may want to look at now. While only suitable for those with big risk tolerance, they could have some stellar upside potential.

Ciena

This company has been very up and down over the past 52 weeks, and it has frequently been the subject of takeover rumors. Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) is a vendor for high-capacity optical transport and Ethernet switching equipment to carriers, enterprises, cable operators and governments. It specializes in transitioning legacy communications networks to converged, next-generation architectures capable of efficiently delivering a broader mix of high bandwidth services.

The company’s Converged Packet Optical segment offers networking solutions optimized for the convergence of coherent optical transport, Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching and packet switching. Its products comprise the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switches and OTN configuration for the 5410 Reconfigurable Switching System.

Ciena reported strong third-quarter numbers, but disappointing guidance led to a steep sell-off in the shares. Fourth-quarter revenue growth is expected to drop to 3%, versus 9% year to date, and management noted the overall optical market is slowing. Ciena is positioned to take share, and new products could help spur growth next year.

The stock is rated as a Buy at Stifel, but the firm recently lowered its price target to $30 from $32. The Wall Street consensus target is $30.22. The shares closed trading most recently at $22.06.

FireEye

This stock was on fire a couple of years ago but was absolutely eviscerated after missing earnings numerous times. FireEye Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE) has been mentioned over the years as a takeover target, and trading 85% below highs that were printed this time three years ago, it may indeed be on the radar.

The company provides cybersecurity solutions for detecting, preventing, analyzing and resolving cyberattacks. The company offers vector-specific appliance solutions that provide threat protection from network to endpoint for inbound and outbound network traffic that may contain sensitive information.

FireEye also offers Central Management System that provides cross-enterprise threat data correlation to identify and block attacks across multiple attack vectors. Its Threat Analytics Platform helps to identify and respond to cyber threats by correlating enterprise-generated security event data from any security product with real-time threat intelligence, and its Malware Analysis System helps to manually execute and inspect advanced malware, zero-day and other advanced cyberattacks embedded in files, email attachments and web objects.

The company reported solid second-quarter numbers in August and has rallied back smartly from lows printed in March.

Merrill Lynch rates the stock at Buy and has an $18 price target on the shares. The posted consensus target is $16.41. The stock closed most recently at $14.89 apiece.