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March 25, 2014
10:07 EDTBYD, HIW, BDN, SAPE, CVG, EPE, DYAX, WRE, VRNS, NPSP, FSFR, ASPS, GOV, FPO, SAVE, FEYE, AFOPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Convergys (CVG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) initiated with a Buy at UBS... FireEye (FEYE) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Sapient (SAPE) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Spirit Airlines (SAVE) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Varonis (VRNS) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brandywine Realty (BDN) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... First Potomac (FPO) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Washington REIT (WRE) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Highwoods Properties (HIW) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Government Properties (GOV) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Spirit Airlines (SAVE) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Dyax (DYAX) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Boyd Gaming (BYD) initiated with a Hold at Ascendiant... Altisource Solutions (ASPS) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Varonis (VRNS) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... EP Energy (EPE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies.
News For AFOP;FSFR;CVG;FEYE;NPSP;SAPE;SAVE;VRNS;BDN;FPO;WRE;HIW;GOV;DYAX;BYD;ASPS;EPE From The Last 14 Days
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August 28, 2015
09:34 EDTBYDNevada reports July statewide gaming win down 0.96% to $922.89M
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August 25, 2015
08:08 EDTFEYEFireEye, Adobe among quality 'flushed out' tech names, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says that market disruptions like the one seen in the last several days have historically provided a unique opportunity to invest in high-quality names and identified FireEye (FEYE), Adobe (ADBE), Veeva Systems (VEEV) and Rovi (ROVI) as four particularly interesting tech stocks that "appear flushed out" and now offer "exaggerated" risk/reward. The firm has Overweight ratings on all four stocks mentioned above after having upgraded Rovi to Overweight this morning.
August 24, 2015
16:07 EDTAFOPAlliance Fiber Optic announces $25M stock repurchase program
Alliance Fiber Optic Products announced that its board has approved a stock repurchase program under which it will begin purchasing up to $25M of its outstanding shares of Common Stock. The duration of the repurchase program is open-ended.
15:01 EDTFEYEWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
14:21 EDTFEYEJMP Securities says pullback in Palo Alto a buying opportunity
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August 20, 2015
11:55 EDTWREWashington REIT management to meet with SunTrust
Meeting to be held in Toronto on August 27 hosted by SunTrust.
10:00 EDTHIWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:11 EDTHIWHighwoods Properties upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One
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August 18, 2015
10:07 EDTFEYEHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:51 EDTFEYEFireEye called top-tier security vendor in new upgrade
Shares of FireEye (FEYE) are getting a boost after Imperial Capital highlighted the company's "significant progress" when upgrading its rating on the name. California-based FireEye is a provider of cybersecurity solutions. UPGRADE: Imperial Capital analyst Michael Kim upgraded FireEye to Outperform from In-Line this morning in a note to investors, citing a favorable risk/reward at current share levels. The stock trades at the lower valuation end of similar high-growth security vendors, Kim tells investors in a research note. He believes FireEye is making "significant progress" on driving higher sales productivity and margin expansion. Ramping global adoption of the company's platform has made FireEye a top-tier security vendor, Kim argues. He raised his price target for shares to $55 from $45.50. NOT ALONE: Kim is not alone in recommending stocks in the cybersecurity space. Analysts at Piper Jaffray and Wells Fargo last week highlighted security names that they view as attractive investments. CyberArk Software (CYBR), Barracuda Networks (CUDA) and Fortinet (FTNT) were among the stocks recommended by the firms. Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski said the recent pullback in the sector is an attractive buying opportunity. Stocks with the most attractive valuations include Barracuda, CyberArk, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks (PANW), he told investors last week. Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell last week upgraded Israel-based CyberArk to Outperform from Market Perform saying the company's billings growth as well as its sales and marketing efficiencies are "exceeding peers by a wide margin. HACKS CONTINUE: High-profile cyber attacks continue with the Internal Revenue Service yesterday raising the number of accounts that were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. In May, the IRS revealed that 114,000 tax accounts through its "Get Transcript" application were exposed to thieves. Yesterday, the agency said a recent review revealed approximately 220,000 additional tax accounts may have been breached, bringing the total number of victims up to 334,000. Shares of FireEye are up 56c to $44.21 in early trading. CyberArk is up 13c to $60.06 while Proofpoint (PFPT), a company focused on securing email communication, is up 16c to $65.06.
05:29 EDTFEYEFireEye upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital analyst Michael Kim upgraded FireEye to Outperform citing a favorable risk/reward at current share levels. The stock trades at the lower valuation end of similar high-growth security vendors, Kim tells investors in a research note. He believes FireEye is making "significant progress" on driving higher sales productivity and margin expansion. Kim raised his price target for shares to $55 from $45.50. The cybersecurity provider closed yesterday up 64c to $43.65.
August 17, 2015
14:27 EDTFEYEIRS says cyber attack larger than originally thought, AP says
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August 14, 2015
09:13 EDTSAVESpirit Airlines management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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07:59 EDTFEYEAnalysts recommend cybersecurity stocks after recent underperformance
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07:00 EDTFEYESecurity stocks underperformed despite 'solid' results, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says the security stocks he covers have underperformed the Nasdaq composite despite delivering "solid beat-and-raise" results. With the exception of Fortinet (FTNT) and Imperva (IMPV), the remaining security stocks within Nowinski's security coverage universe have all underperformed the Nasdaq. Symantec (SYMC) has underperformed by 0.7%, CyberArk by 1.6%, Proofpoint (PFPT) by 5.3%, Palo Alto by 7.4%, FireEye (FEYE) by 8.4% and Barracuda by 36.7%, Nowinski tells investors this morning in a research note. Investors remain concerned with the potential for a moderation in spending, the analyst believes. However, his channel checks with resellers suggest demand should remain strong for the next 12 months. Nowinski views the recent pullback in the sector as an attractive buying opportunity. Stocks with the most attractive valuations include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), CyberArk Software (CYBR), Fortinet (FTNT) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Nowinski writes. Wells Fargo this morning upgraded shares of CyberArk to Outperform.

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