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May 23, 2014
09:59 EDTRBCN, HLT, PLCE, RTI, GABC, AHEXY, JOE, PRAA, FEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Adecco (AHEXY) upgraded to Buy from Sell at UBS... Children's Place (PLCE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... German American Bancorp (GABC) upgraded to Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... L Brands (LB) upgraded at Stifel... Portfolio Recovery (PRAA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... RTI International (RTI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Rubicon (RBCN) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Saint Joe Co. (JOE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
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April 21, 2015
09:06 EDTHLTHilton price target raised to $33 from $30 at Baird
Baird raised its price target on Hilton (HLT) to $33 from $30 ahead of its Q1 earnings report. The firm cited in-line peer valuation despite better growth expectations, additional asset monetization initiatives, and the potential for Blackstone (BX) to sell its shares, which would remove an overhang and boost liquidity. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Hilton.
08:09 EDTHLTHilton signs franchise license agreement to operate Hilton Graden Inn in Hawaii
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08:04 EDTFEYEHP, FireEye announce partnership
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07:15 EDTFEYEUBS to host a software tour
Software Tour at RSA Conference is being held on April 21-24.
07:06 EDTFEYERe/Code to hold a conference
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April 20, 2015
12:35 EDTFEYECybersecurity stocks rally after Raytheon announces joint venture
The shares of cybersecurity companies are rising after Raytheon (RTN), a major defense contractor, announced that it was forming a cybersecuity joint venture with a company in the sector, Websense. Raytheon will acquire control of Websense as part of the deal. WHAT'S NEW: Raytheon announced that it had agreed to form a joint venture with Websense, which is owned by Vista Equity Partners. Under the deal, Websense will combine with Raytheon Cyber Products, a business unit of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services segment. Raytheon will pay about $1.57B for an 80.3% stake in the joint venture. Additionally, Raytheon will pay $1.9B, net of cash acquired, to buy Websense. Of the $1.9B, $600M will be in the form of an intercompany loan to the joint venture. The combined company will be treated as a separate business segment of Raytheon, the defense contractor stated. John McCormack, the CEO of Websense, will be the CEO of the unit. The deal is expected to close next quarter. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Sam Pearlstein wrote that the deal will raise Raytheon's non-GAAP, 2015 adjusted earnings per share by about 6c. However, the transaction will lower Raytheon's EPS on a GAAP basis for 2015 by 48c, driven by amortization of intangibles, deferred revenue, and one-time costs, according to Pearlstein. The analyst kept an Outperform rating on Raytheon shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cybersecurity company Check Point (CHKP) reported stronger than expected first quarter results today. Its Q2 guidance was roughly in-line with analysts' consensus estimates at the midpoints of the ranges given for earnings and revenue. Additionally, Check Point announced a partnership with another cybersecurity company, FireEye (FEYE). The companies said they would share threat intelligence to protect customers from modern advanced attacks. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading,Check Point jumped 5.4% to $86.14, FireEye rose 3.8% to $42.39, Palo Alto (PANW) gained 2.4% to $146, Fortinet (FTNT) added 1.7% to $34.28, Proofpoint (PFPT) advanced 1.7% to $58, and Raytheon slid 0.3% to $107.40.
10:02 EDTPRAAPRA Group names Deborah Cassidy as Chief Information Officer
PRA Group (PRAA) announced the appointment of Deborah G. Cassidy as a new member of PRA Group's executive management team. Cassidy will serve as chief information officer for the company. Most recently, Cassidy was senior vice president and business chief information officer for Genworth Financial (GNW).
08:25 EDTFEYECheck Point announces new partnership with FireEye
Check Point (CHKP) and FireEye (FEYE) announced a partnership to share threat intelligence to protect customers from modern advanced attacks. As part of this cooperation, Check Point's ThreatCloud and Next Generation Threat Prevention solutions and the FireEye NX platform will share the latest threat intelligence in real-time, allowing customers to update firewall security policies dynamically based on the intelligence from both platforms.
April 19, 2015
16:51 EDTFEYEFireEye labs detected limited APT campaign
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April 18, 2015
20:14 EDTFEYEFireEye to hold a technology briefing
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April 15, 2015
05:59 EDTHLTHilton REIT spinoff could add $3.50/share in value, says UBS
UBS analysts Robin Farley and Arpine Kocharyan say a tax-free spinoff of Hilton's owned hotel properties, which represent 31%-32% of the hotel chain's EBITDA, could create $3.00-$3.50 per share in value. The analysts explain in a note to investors this morning that while an owned portfolio offers the greatest upside in an upcycle, investors may prefer exposure to the more defensive and stable earnings stream created by a spinoff. They raised their price target for shares of Hilton to $35 from $33 and keep a Buy rating on the name. The stock closed yesterday down 21c to $30.27.
April 13, 2015
11:24 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; GPRO FEYE
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10:00 EDTHLTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:12 EDTHLTHilton downgraded at Evercore ISI
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08:05 EDTPLCEChildren's Place rejects director nominations from Barington, Macellum
The Children's Place confirmed that it has received notice from Barington Capital Group, L.P. and Macellum Advisors GP, LLC, which collectively own less than 2% of the company’s shares, that they have nominated three individuals in opposition to The Children’s Place’s three nominees -- Norman Matthews, Kenneth Reiss and Stanley Reynolds -- standing for re-election to the Board of Directors at the company’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, to be held on May 22, 2015. The Children’s Place's Board of Directors has evaluated Barington and Macellum’s nominees and concluded that the company’s three nominees and the other members of the Board have the right combination of expertise, experience and independence. As such, the Board recommends election of the company’s nominees and has rejected the Barington/Macellum nominees. Stockholders do not need to take any action at this time. Matthews continued: “We appreciate constructive input from our shareholders and are always open to listen to ideas to improve the Company. However, we believe that Barington and Macellum’s views on the Company’s leadership and performance are simply incorrect. Our Board and management team are driving a transformation of The Children’s Place, which has resulted in a significant increase in shareholder value, measured by an increase in stock price, share repurchases and the payment of dividends. Substantial progress has been made, and we expect to continue to see the benefits of our meaningful investments in 2015. Our management team has updated our merchandise assortments, developed and is implementing a sweeping systems and technology transformation plan, transformed our outlet channel, launched international franchise and wholesale businesses, and evaluated and continues to optimize our store fleet. We believe The Children’s Place is well positioned to continue to excel in the intensely competitive specialty children’s apparel category.” Goldman, Sachs & Co. is financial advisor to The Children’s Place. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is the Company’s legal advisor.
06:59 EDTHLTHilton downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
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06:47 EDTFEYEPalo Alto, FireEye remain Piper's favorite security ideas
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06:21 EDTFEYEFireEye April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 12, 2015
18:11 EDTFEYEEx-hacker says many capable of launching Sony-style cyber attack, CNET says
Ninety percent of companies are vulnerable to a Sony (SNE)-like cyber attack security experts tell "60 Minutes," CNET says. Companies in the cyber security space include Barracuda (CUDA), FireEye (FEYE), Check Point (CHKP), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Qualys (QLYS), Symantec (SYMC) and Proofpoint (PFPT). Reference Link
12:48 EDTFEYEFireEye executive Kevin Mandia to appear on 60 Minutes broadcast
In a blog post from its website, FireEye said: "A little over four months ago, more than 18M viewers watched the 60 Minutes segment 'What Happens When You Swipe Your Credit Card,' in which FireEye was featured prominently. It was the most watched 60 Minutes broadcast in two years. Earlier this year, this legendary TV broadcast magazine was back for more, again turning to FireEye for our insights on the evolving threat landscape.Correspondent Steve Kroft and his producers spent a day on the FireEye campus and hours interviewing FireEye President Kevin Mandia for a segment that will appear on the 60 Minutes broadcast this Sunday, April 12." Reference Link
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