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January 24, 2013
11:47 EDTAKAM, FSLRStocks with call strike movement; AKAM FSLR
RT Options Scanner shows Akamai (AKAM) February 47 call option implied volatility decreased 1% to 49, First Solar (FSLR) June 37 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 48 according to iVolatility.
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October 24, 2014
06:38 EDTFSLREU sets emissions, renewable energy targets, NY Times says
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October 23, 2014
06:51 EDTAKAMAkamai reports DDoS attack traffic up 22% year-over-year
Akamai Technologies released its Q3 State of the Internet Report. A brute force approach characterized the most significant campaigns in Q3 as attackers shifted towards new attack methods and enhanced older attack methods to consume more bandwidth. These record‑setting DDoS attack campaigns marked an 80% increase in average peak bandwidth in Q3 compared to the previous quarter and a four-fold increase from the same period a year ago. Q3 also saw an increase in average peak packets per second, recording a 10% increase over the previous quarter and a four-fold increase compared the same quarter in 2013. Malicious actors have found ways to involve a wider base of devices to expand DDoS botnets and produce larger DDoS attacks. PLXsert has observed botnet-building efforts in which malicious actors sought to control systems by gaining access through vulnerable web applications on Linux-based machines. Attackers have also expanded to a new class of device including smartphones and embedded devices, such as customer-premises equipment, or CPE, home cable modems, mobile devices, and a great variety of Internet-enabled devices including home-based and wearables within the category of the Internet of Things, or IoT. Attacks with both high bandwidth and high volume were made possible by the use of multi-vector attack methods. More sophisticated, multi-vector attacks became the norm this quarter, with more than half of all attacks utilizing multiple attack vectors. This was an 11% increase in multi-vector attacks compared to last quarter, and a nine percent increase compared to 3Q13. Multi-vector attacks have been fueled by the increased availability of attack toolkits with easy-to-use interfaces as well as a growing DDoS-for-hire criminal industry.
October 20, 2014
07:19 EDTFSLRJPMorgan says recent sell-off in solar space unjustified
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October 16, 2014
12:52 EDTAKAMAkamai retreats after Wells cuts rating on traffic trends
Shares of Akamai (AKAM) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform, saying its research indicates the company's traffic has been moderating in recent weeks. Akamai provides services for the delivery of content over the Internet. WHAT'S NEW: The amount of video and audio streaming being handled by Akamai has slowed during the first two weeks of October when compared with the third quarter, Wells Fargo wrote in a note to investors today. Although Akamai's revenue growth does not correlate directly with changes in the traffic it handles, traffic trends have provided indications about the direction of the company's revenue growth in the past, the firm stated. Additionally, Akamai is facing tough comparisons this quarter, and its international business will be hurt by the strong dollar, the firm contended. Wells predicted the company's 2014 and 2015 earnings would miss expectations and cut its price target range on the name to $57-$61 from $70-$75. OTHERS TO WATCH: Limelight Networks (LLNW) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) also provide Internet content delivery services. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Akamai fell 3% to $53.
10:01 EDTAKAMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
05:29 EDTAKAMAkamai downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded Akamai to Market Perform citing a slowdown in the company's video and audio streaming traffic during the first two weeks of October. The firm believes 2015 revenue estimates are too high and lowered its price target range for shares to $57-$61 from $70-$75.
October 15, 2014
06:39 EDTAKAMAkamai warns of UPnP devices used in DDoS attacks
Akamai Technologies released, through the company's Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team, or PLXsert, a new cybersecurity threat advisory. The advisory alerts the security community, device vendors, Internet service providers and enterprises to the risk of massive distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks involving Universal Plug and Play, or UPnP, devices. PLXsert has observed the use of a new reflection and amplification DDoS attack that deliberately misuses communications protocols that come enabled on millions of home and office devices, including routers, media servers, web cams, smart TVs and printers. The protocols allow devices to discover each other on a network, establish communication and coordinate activities. DDoS attackers have been abusing these protocols on Internet-exposed devices to launch attacks that generate floods of traffic and cause website and network outages at enterprise targets.
October 14, 2014
06:42 EDTFSLRPV modules with solar-grade wafers to account for 89% of capacity, DigiTimes says
Solarbuzz says solar photovoltaic modules using solar-grade wafers will account for 89% of solar capacity forecast to be installed in 2014, reports DigiTimes. Thin-filmed panel makers will supply nearly 8% of end-market demand in 2014, while premium cyrstalline silicon suppliers making up the remaining 3% share. Publicly traded companies in the space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL), Panasonic (PCRFY) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link
October 13, 2014
11:20 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR DAL
First Solar (FSLR) January 65 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 54, Delta Air Lines (DAL) January 36 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 47 according to IVolatility.
09:23 EDTAKAMHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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07:15 EDTAKAMNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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