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January 3, 2013
15:09 EDTCSCO, CHKP, FTNT, PANW, FIRESecurity appliance shipments grew 1% in Q3, Channelnomics says
The security appliance market is growing incrementally but not at a great rate, as evidenced by worldwide factory revenue being up 5.7% year-over-year to just over $2B in 3Q12, while shipments grew only 1%, reported Channelnomics yesterday, citing IDCís Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker. In Q3, Cisco (CSCO) led the security appliance market with 16.2% share, followed by Check Point (CHKP) with 12.8% share, followed by Fortinet (FTNT), Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Sourcefire (FIRE), the report noted. Reference Link
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October 23, 2014
11:25 EDTFTNT, PANW, CHKPInternet security names climb after Check Point, Fortinet beat expectations
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08:59 EDTFTNTFortinet strong sales execution likely to continue into FY15, says Sterne Agee
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08:46 EDTCHKPCheck Point sees FY adjusted EPS $3.64-$3.74, consensus $3.66
Sees FY revenue $1.47B-$1.55B, consensus $1.48B.
08:45 EDTCHKPCheck Point sees Q4 adjusted EPS 99c-$1.09, consensus $1.03
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05:44 EDTCHKPCheck Point reports Q3 EPS 93c, consensus 91c
Reports Q3 revenue $370.37M, consensus $367.1M.
October 22, 2014
18:34 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 13.1% after reporting third quarter results and increasing share repurchase authorization to $250M... Infinera (INFN), up 9.8%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), up 11.8%... Acacia Research (ACTG), up 7.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 4.5%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.9%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 1.5%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 2.9%... ServiceNow (NOW), up just under 1%. ALSO HIGHER: CarMax (KMX), up 1% after announcing a $2B increase to its share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Air Methods (AIRM), down 19.8% following preliminary third quarter results... Yelp (YELP), down 13.6%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 7.9%... Varian Medical (VAR), down 4.9% after reporting fourth quarter results... Open Text (OTEX), down 3.9%... Citrix (CTXS), down 5.7%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 4.5%... Allied World (AWH), down 4.7%... Lam Research (LRCX), down 3.3%... Skechers (SKX), down just under 1% after reporting third quarter results above analyst estimates... AT&T (T), down 1.5%. ALSO LOWER: DIRECTV (DTV), down just under 1% following AT&T third quarter results... Alcobra (ADHD), down 16% following results of MDX study... WidePoint (WYY), down 8.1% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4.4% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock.
16:32 EDTFTNTFortinet sees 2014 EPS 47c-48c, consensus 48c
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16:31 EDTFTNTFortinet sees Q4 EPS 13c-14c, consensus 15c
Sees Q4 revenue $206M-$211M, consensus $202.92M. Guidance issued in earnings call slides.
16:16 EDTFTNTFortinet reports Q3 EPS 12c, consensus 11c
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15:30 EDTFTNTNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:25 EDTCSCOCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
11:14 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks
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09:24 EDTFTNTFortinet to host conference call
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08:18 EDTCSCOVCE to become an EMC company
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06:44 EDTPANW, CHKP, FTNTU.S. weighing cybersecurity requirements for bank vendors, NY Times says
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October 21, 2014
20:00 EDTCSCOEMC said to buy out most of Cisco VCE joint venture stake, Bloomberg reports
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14:34 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMCís majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMCís Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
07:30 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $115 from $100 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer raised its price target for Palo Alto Networks shares to $115 after meeting with management and reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock. The firm thinks shares can continue to move higher as the company's fundamentals remain intact.
October 17, 2014
09:31 EDTCSCOCisco namnes Bernadette Wightman President of Cisco Cananda
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08:06 EDTCSCOCisco, Sensity Systems announce strategic relationship
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