Larry Kent with Rubbing Crystal BallTomahawk, WI 4/4/2013 (Expedated) – Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) was upby some 10% today on news that Deutsche Bank’s Kai Korschelt raised his rating on the shares to Buy from Hold.

Korschelt set a price target of €1.80 on the ordinary shares traded in Paris (ALUPAR), after concluding that the company “has the key ingredients for a potentially successful turnaround: A new CEO with a solid cost-cutting track record, a likely positive revenue and margin inflection in 2013/14, and a termed out maturity profile.”

During a Silicon Valley event the company announced “Nuage Networks,” which is an effort to sell gear for so-called “software defined networks,” or SDN, an emerging area of competition between box makers. The press release for the announcement is posted on the company’s Web site.

Alcatel said trials of the unit’s “Virtualized Services Platform” will start this month with companies such as ExponentialeSFRTELUS and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with worldwide availability by the middle of the year. The company aims to make it easier for companies to buy servers instead of buying routers from Cisco Systems (CSCO) and others:

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