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April 25, 2014
10:15 EDTCUDA, IMPV, PFPT, FFIV, FTNT, PANW, QLYS, CHKP, FEYE, SYMCBarracuda rallies after results beat expectations
Shares of IT security company Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are climbing after the company's fourth quarter revenue and earnings per share exceeded analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda reported fourth quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, of 6c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 1c. The company's revenue was slightly higher than expected. "We made good progress in the fourth quarter across all of our markets and product categories, especially our higher growth market categories of network and application security and storage, which are becoming larger portions of our overall business," said Barracuda CEO BJ Jenkins. "During the quarter, we added over 7,900 new active subscribers, ending our fiscal year with more than 205,000 active subscribers. In addition to adding new customers, we also made good progress with our installed-base selling initiatives, accelerating growth in the number of multi-product customers," he added. ANALYST REACTION: Barrcuda's new products are enabling it to grow and the company is successfully convincing its existing customers to buy more products, wrote JMP Securities analyst Erik Suppiger in a note to investors earlier. The stock's valuation is attractive, added Suppiger, who reiterated a $43 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded IT security companies 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 surged 8.9% to $30.15.
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August 21, 2014
09:22 EDTFEYEFireEye has further downside, says Northland
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08:30 EDTFEYEFireEye valuation attractive, says Goldman
Goldman views Buy rated FireEye's share price as an attractive entry point for best-in-class growth, attractive positioning, reset expectations, and positive industry themes.
August 20, 2014
10:04 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:32 EDTFFIVF5 Networks upgraded at ISI Group
As noted earlier, ISI Group upgraded F5 Networks to Strong Buy from Buy. The firm thinks the company's positioning vis-a-vis NFN/SDN has improved, while its momentum from a number of growth drivers, including security, has increased. The firm is now more confident that the company's EPS could approach $7 in 2015. Target $135.
08:02 EDTPANWPalo Alto expands global distribution agreement with Westcon Group
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August 19, 2014
21:06 EDTFFIVF5 Networks upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group
11:27 EDTFEYEFireEye drops sharply, levels to watch
In the last 15 minutes the shares have taken a sharp turn lower, lead by a large block trade of 4.89M shares. At the current price of $27.96, the stock is down over 2.9%. Next support at current price is at $27.25. Resistance is at $28.81.
11:05 EDTFFIV, CHKP, IMPVImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTIMPV, CHKP, FFIVImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:41 EDTIMPVImperva new CEO positive, says Oppenheimer
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06:17 EDTSYMCSymantec turns attention to smartphones, connected devices, WSJ reports
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August 18, 2014
16:07 EDTIMPVImperva names Anthony Bettencourt as president, CEO
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10:41 EDTFEYECommunity Health discloses personal data compromised in cyber attack
Earlier today, Community Health (CYH) disclosed in a filing that in July Community Health Systems confirmed that its computer network was the target of an external, criminal cyber attack that the company believes occurred in April and June. The company and its forensic expert, Mandiant, a FireEye company (FEYE), believe the attacker was an “Advanced Persistent Threat” group originating from China who used highly sophisticated malware and technology to attack the company’s systems.The company has been informed by federal authorities and Mandiant that this intruder has typically sought valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data. However, in this instance the data transferred was non-medical patient identification data related to the company’s physician practice operations and affected approximately 4.5M individuals who, in the last five years, were referred for or received services from physicians affiliated with the company. The company has confirmed that this data did not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information; the data is, however, considered protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act because it includes patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers. The company does not believe this incident will have a material adverse effect on its business or financial results.
August 15, 2014
10:01 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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August 14, 2014
16:34 EDTPANWPalo Alto initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
Target $95.
12:14 EDTQLYSQualys management to meet with Topeka
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10:05 EDTQLYSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Adidas (ADDYY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Fabrinet (FN) downgraded at B. Riley... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded at Stifel... Infosys (INFY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... InterMune (ITMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... LVMH Moet Hennessy (LVMUY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Qualys (QLYS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... SeaWorld (SEAS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Theravance Biopharma (TBPH) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at RW Baird... URS Corporation (URS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli.
06:26 EDTQLYSQualys downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
August 13, 2014
15:49 EDTPANWPalo Alto checks positive, suggest Q4 upside, says Stephens
Stephens said its checks on Palo Alto have been positive and suggest Q4 results slightly ahead of consensus expectations. The firm raised its price target on Palo Alto to $95 from $90 and reiterates its Overweight rating on the shares.
10:01 EDTPANW, SYMC, IMPV, FEYE, FTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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