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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ JDS Uniphase Corp., citing continued weakness in the telecommunications market, lowered its first quarter sales outlook to between $190 million and $200 million.

In a news release, the San Jose-based optical technology company said Monday it expects to report an operating loss of 6 to 8 cents a share in the first quarter, excluding restructuring costs.

The pro forma loss is unchanged from the company's July outlook, and compares with analysts' estimates of a loss of 6 cents a share for the period, according to Thomson First Call.

JDS previously announced a first quarter sales outlook in the range of $200 million to $210 million.

The company said its lower sales estimate for the first quarter, which ends Sept. 30, reflects contract cancellations of $10 million to $20 million.

In Monday morning trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, shares of JDS were down 8 cents or 3.7 percent at $2.06 _ near a 52-week low of $2.