Analysts upgraded Arista Networks Inc. from Neutral to Buy maintaining a $260 price target. From trading over $300 in August, shares of the company plunged to the sub-$200 levels at the start of 2019 -- which analysts see as a buying opportunity.
A strong Q4 performance by the company rekindled expectations of strong growth potential in 2019, as Arista maintains healthy routing and enterprises businesses.
According to analysts, webscale spending, which slowed in the second half of 2018, didn’t have much impact on networking as it did for compute and storage, as networking didn't share in the upside in webscale capex. Further, as webscale networks get more complex and less susceptible to falling memory prices, networking is likely to gain more share and importance also.
Analysts also think that with healthy cloud revenues and supporting long-term cloud spending growth, a robust ~40% 100G growth and Arista's strong 100G share of around 25% might prove pivotal for the company in 2019.