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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 9, 2014
13:39 EDTCSCOCisco denies rumors that it will stop investing in VCE JV, The Register reports
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13:37 EDTCSCOCisco may end further investment in VCE JV, CRN reports
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11:25 EDTCSCOCisco and TCL to set up $80M China cloud joint venture, Reuters reports
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06:52 EDTCSCOTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
06:40 EDTFTNT, PANW, CHKPSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
October 8, 2014
12:12 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Canada on October 14 hosted by Oppenheimer.
09:38 EDTCSCOCisco breakup would not create much value, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its analysis shows that a breakup of Cisco would not create much more value than the current share price. With CEO John Chambers' likely retirement next year, however, Citi thinks the Cisco board is likely to at least entertain the option of a split. The firm sees a low probability of a breakup taking place and keeps a Sell rating on Cisco shares. Citi upped its price target for the stock to $22 from $20.50. Citi's analysis of Cisco follows breakup decisions by HP (HPQ) and JDSU (JDSU) and Bloomberg's report this morning that Symantec (SYMC) is in advanced talks to split into two separate companies. This report corrects the rating on Cisco shares to Sell.
08:01 EDTFTNTFortinet should be bought ahead of earnings, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Fortinet's core momentum remains strong as it continues to gain share in enterprise deals. The firm thinks the company could beat expectations. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:58 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $120 from $105 at Pacific Crest
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07:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto has positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
After meeting with Palo Alto's management, Wells Fargo thinks the company's new endpoint security product could increase its long-term revenue growth by five or six percentage points. The firm expects the company's product revenue to be boosted by an existing customer refresh cycle in 2015, and Wells is confident in the company's service revenue outlook. It raised its price target on the name to $112-$129 from $113-$120 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:35 EDTCSCOCisco's reorganization affects up to 25,000 employees, Business Insider reports
Cisco's reorganization of its routing and switching engineering business could affect up to 25,000 employees, reports Business Insider. Citing sources in Silicon Valley, the reorganization involves massive changes for the unit, moving from individual teams to two big overarching teams with one group focused on software and the other on hardware. Due to the changes, sources say a lot of senior employees have begun send out resumes. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
07:36 EDTCSCOCisco unlikely to split-up despite speculation, says UBS
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06:52 EDTCSCOAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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October 6, 2014
14:09 EDTFTNTSplunk, Tableau seen by Morgan as well-positioned in Big Data space
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11:02 EDTCSCOHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
10:04 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Air France-KLM (AFLYY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... BAE Systems (BAESY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Church & Dwight (CHD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Delhaize (DEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Mobileye (MBLY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Myers Industries (MYE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL King... Nationstar (NSM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Tekmira (TKMR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at ... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Underweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore.
07:50 EDTCSCOCisco shares could reach $40 with splits, spin-offs, says RBC Capital
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06:38 EDTCSCOSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
06:27 EDTPANW, FTNT, CHKPJPMorgan hackers hit about nine other firms, NY Times says
The group of hackers that infiltrated JPMorgan (JPM) also penetrated about nine other financial institutions, according to The New York Times. Washington intelligence officials and policy makers are much more concerned about the attacks than they have disclosed, the newspaper added. Other publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded cybersecurity companies include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC).Reference Link
05:49 EDTFTNTFortinet downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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