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April 25, 2014
10:15 EDTSYMC, FFIV, QLYS, CUDA, IMPV, FTNT, CHKP, PFPT, PANW, FEYEBarracuda 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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December 17, 2014
10:02 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTCHKPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Aaron's (AAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Dakota Plains Holdings (DAKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... SunCoke Energy (SXC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Motorola Solutions (MSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Approach Resources (AREX) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial.
07:08 EDTIMPVImperva upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:51 EDTCHKPCheck Point upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:15 EDTCUDABarracuda Networks initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital
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06:09 EDTFEYEFireEye implied volatility of 55 at lower end of index mean range
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05:40 EDTSYMCSymantec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded Symantec to Market Perform citing valuation as it believes upside from the company's business split is largely reflected in shares at current levels.
December 15, 2014
08:57 EDTPFPTProofpoint price target raised to $58 from $45 at Sterne Agee
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December 14, 2014
17:21 EDTFFIVNasdaq announces annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100
The NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) announced the results of the annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100 (NDX), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, December 22. The following three companies will be added to the Index: American Airlines Group (AAL), Electronic Arts (EA) and Lam Research (LRCX). As a result of the revision in the index methodology allowing multiple share classes of index participants to be included in the index, the following three securities will also be added to the index: Comcast Corporation Class A Special (CMCSK), Twenty-First Century Fox Class B (FOX) and Liberty Global plc Class C (LBTYK). As a result of the re-ranking, the following three companies will be removed from the Index: Expedia (EXPE), F5 Networks (FFIV) and Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM).
December 11, 2014
12:02 EDTPANWPalo Alto to host special shareholder meeting
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10:51 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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December 10, 2014
08:16 EDTPANW, FEYE, FFIVBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
08:12 EDTPFPT, CUDA, PANW, IMPV, FFIVIT security outlook remains positive, says Pacific Crest
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07:47 EDTQLYSCowen to hold a forum
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December 9, 2014
10:07 EDTFTNTFortinet may receive buyout from Wipro, says AsianSweeper
Fortinet (FTNT) may receive a buyout from Wipro (WIT), AsianSweeper says. Wipro is looking to strengthen the market share in security solutions and Fortinet, the current revenue leader in unified threat management is a perfect fit, as two companies already have existing synergies in certain areas. Reference Link
07:22 EDTQLYSBMO Capital to hold a conference
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06:08 EDTFEYEFireEye announces partnership with Deutsche Telekom
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December 8, 2014
09:54 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active on renewed takeover chatter
FireEye December 31 and January 33 calls are active on 6300 contracts (800 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. December weekly call option implied volatility is at 67, December is at 53 compared to its 26-week average of 57 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
09:40 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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07:28 EDTFTNT, FEYEFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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