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April 1, 2014
10:13 EDTFTNT, QLIK, CRM, PANWMorgan Stanley technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss spending growth expectations for the industry on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 1 at 11 am.
News For CRM;FTNT;PANW;QLIK From The Last 14 Days
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October 12, 2015
08:32 EDTPANWFinjan Holdings provides litigation update in Palo Alto, Symantec cases
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October 9, 2015
08:57 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with JPMorgan
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08:41 EDTPANWFireEye downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty
Dougherty analyst Catharine Trebnick downgraded FireEye to Neutral from Buy, stating that checks with CIOs, security professionals, and value-added resellers have all pointed to headwinds for the company. Trebnick is unsure FireEye can maintain the "hyper-growth" that had driven its stock valuation given the pressure from cheaper ATP solutions from Palo Alto Networks' (PANW) WildFire, Check Point's (CHKP) Sandblast, and emerging solutions such as Zscaler, Lastline, and Cyphort, the analyst told investors in a research note. The analyst also points out that FireEye has experienced a large amount of turnover as the CFO, CTO, and members of the sales and incident response teams have left.
October 6, 2015
15:25 EDTQLIKAmazon cloud announcement unlikely to sink Splunk, analysts say
Amazon (AMZN) appears to be signaling an expanded presence in cloud-based data analytics, sending shares of incumbents in the space lower and prompting several analysts to weigh in on the e-commerce giant's potential impact. AMAZON CLOUD: Amazon is expected to announce a new "big data" analytics addition to Amazon Web Services, according to an October 4 Wall Street Journal report. The article follows the launch last week of Amazon Elasticsearch, adding further data crunching capabilities to the company's cloud computing platform. Commenting on the news, William Blair analyst Bhavan Suri said that Splunk (SPLK) investor concerns over Amazon are overblown. Elasticsearch is likely to remain primarily a document search platform rather than a direct competitor to Splunk's offerings, while Amazon's expected analytics announcement looks more likely to challenge Tableau (DATA) and Qlik (QLIK), the analyst argues. Meanwhile, FBR analyst Daniel Ives said that a tangential move into the data analytics space "makes a ton of strategic and financial sense" for Amazon, as the market is only about 10% penetrated despite aggressive expansion from Microstrategy (MSTR), IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), SAP (SAP), and others. That said, Ives cautioned that Amazon's ability to again disrupt the cloud space with this latest entry appear limited in the near term, with many companies already showing preference for pure-play analytics firms. Amazon may ultimately have to make a larger acquisition by picking up a Qlik, Tableau, or Splunk to gain traction, the analyst contended. PRICE ACTION: Splunk shares are down fractionally in afternoon trading after some earlier volatility, while Tableau and Qlik are showing respective losses of roughly 3.14% and 1.86%.
13:26 EDTPANWRadware plunges after negative Q3 pre-announcement
Shares of cybersecurity and application delivery solutions company Radware (RDWR) are plunging after the company announced preliminary third quarter results that were below previous guidance. WHAT'S NEW: On Monday evening, Radware announced preliminary adjusted earnings per share of 10c, well below its guidance of 23c-24c and analysts' consensus estimates of 24c. Radware also reported preliminary Q3 revenue of $48M, below its prior view of $57M-$59M and analysts' consensus estimates of $57.95M. WHAT'S NOTABLE. On the company's conference call discussing the preliminary results, the company noted that the mix between supporting and subscription sales to product sales was weighted much heavier than usual towards subscription and service contracts. As these sales are recognized over the life of the contract, the company recognized revenue of only $48M for the quarter. The weakness in the quarter came primarily from the U.S. carrier and service provider markets, said Roy Zisapel, the company's chief executive officer. The company noted that several large deals that were expected to be booked at the end of the quarter did not materialize. The company subsequently booked one of those deals and expects to book many of the remaining deals. On the call, the company said it continues to face weakness in China and FX headwinds in Brazil and Russia that impacted revenue. ANALYST TAKE: In a note to investors this morning, Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron downgraded shares of Radware to Perform from Outperform, removing its $23 price target and cutting estimates for 2015 and 2016. The analyst, who put the note out before the conference call, said it suspects "the miss is tied to execution issues related to the inherently lumpy service provider business." Wells Fargo also downgraded Radware to Market Perform from Outperform. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Radware are sliding 21.59% to $13.58 in afternoon trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of other companies involved in cybersecurity are underperforming the broader market with FireEye (FEYE) down 2.95%, Palo Alto Networks (PANW) sliding 2.39%, Check Point (CHKP) lower by 3.48% and Imperva (IMPV) down 1.85%.
08:53 EDTQLIKSplunk investor concerns over Amazon overblown, says William Blair
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October 5, 2015
19:50 EDTCRMSalesforce management to meet with JMP Securities
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06:11 EDTPANWApple iOS users in China, Taiwan targeted by ad-focused malware
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October 2, 2015
15:14 EDTFTNT, PANWAs many as 4.6M Scottrade users' data exposed in breach, KrebsonSecurity says
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October 1, 2015
10:45 EDTCRMSalesforce calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Salesforce October weekly 70, 70.5, 71 and 71.5 calls are active on total call volume of 9,900 contracts (720 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. October call option implied volatility is at 43, October is at 37; compared to its 52-week range of 26 to 60. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:26 EDTCRMRumor: Salesforce moves up on renewed takeover chatter
05:56 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 35 at lower end of index mean range
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September 30, 2015
10:33 EDTPANW, FTNTBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
08:02 EDTPANWTrustwave and Palo Alto announce strategic alliance
Trustwave and Palo Alto announced a strategic alliance designed to bring next-generation managed security services to global, multi-national businesses and government agencies. Under the terms of the agreement, Trustwave has become a global member of the Palo Alto Networks NextWave partner program to provide managed security services for the Palo Alto Networks security platform.
05:52 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 36 at lower end of index mean range

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