Polycom Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of videoconference specialist Polycom (NAS: PLCM) have popped today by as much as 13% on the heels of an analyst upgrade from equal weight to overweight.

So what: Barclays Capital bumped Polycom and ShoreTel (NAS: SHOR) to overweight while downgrading Riverbed Technology (NAS: RVBD) from overweight to equal weight. Barclays analyst Jeff Kvaal added, "We conclude healthy videoconferencing and unified communications trends should allow Polycom and Shortel to lead their networking peers. Riverbed's underlying drivers are intact, but demand may be slower to recover in a downturn, particularly in Europe."

Now what: He continued, "Our checks are bullish on Polycom and indicate an underlying shift in videoconferencing usage -- it is no longer just about cost savings, but revenue enhancing opportunities." Networking stocks have been taking a beating lately largely on macro spending fears, but Polycom's revenue last quarter jumped 24% year over year. If the global economy doesn't fall back into another recession, then Polycom's road to higher ground will have fewer obstacles.

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