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July 24, 2014
12:36 EDTJNPR, FTNT, CUDAAnalyst says Barracuda weakness may be based on misunderstanding
Shares of IT security company Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are lower this afternoon and the slide has been attributed to comments by another company in the sector, Fortinet (FTNT), but investors may be misinterpreting Fortinet's remarks, JPMorgan wrote in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: During its earnings conference call last night, Fortinet talked about focusing on midmarket corporate customers, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty wrote in a note to investors earlier today. As a result, investors may believe that Barrcauda, which focuses on that market, could encounter increased competition, Auty stated. However, Barrcauda and Fortinet are both benefiting as older companies - including Juniper (JNPR) and Dell - reduce their focus on the mid-market, the analyst contended. Additionally, Fortinet is focusing more on larger companies with up to 10,000 employees, while Barracuda continues to focus on companies with less than 5,000 employees, according to Auty. He kept a $39 price target and Overweight rating on Barracuda. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Barracuda fell 4.5% to $28.98. Fortinet, which reported better than expected revenue and profits and saw its price target raised by several firms, advanced 7% to $25.69.
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December 18, 2014
10:19 EDTFTNTSony hack fallout highlights value of IT security spending, analyst says
The hacking of Sony's (SNE) Sony Pictures unit shows that spending more on IT security is worthwhile for companies, Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Sony has decided not release the film "The Interview" as planned on December 25, due several theater chains' plans to not show the movie amid threats, CNBC reported. The New York Times said American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures. Sony's experience shows that being hacked is much more costly than spending on IT security, Powell stated. After being hacked, Sony has had to cancel the release of its film "The Interview," which it spent $ 42M to make, and it will have to spend more money on fixing the security breach and defending itself against lawsuits triggered by the incident, the analyst stated. Additionally, the company's brand has been damaged, Powell believes. By contrast, Sony spends just $20M per year on IT security, the analyst roughly estimated. Incidents like the hacking of Sony will cause companies to spend a higher percentage of their budgets on IT security next year, according to Powell. He kept Outperform ratings on IT security companies Check Point (CHKP), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Palo Alto (PANW), and Proofpoint (PFPT). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at B. Riley said IMAX (IMAX) and RealD (RLD) could benefit from Sony's cancellation of "The Interview" due to the demand shift towards their respective film slates. The analyst believes both IMAX and RealD could generate an incremental 1c in EPS during the period. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, FireEye jumped 5% to $30, Palo Alto advanced 3.2% to $123.87, Proofpoint gained 2% to $47.87 and Check Point climbed 1.4% to $78.16.
December 17, 2014
10:02 EDTCUDAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:15 EDTCUDABarracuda Networks initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital
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December 14, 2014
13:58 EDTJNPRJuniper and Elliott in talks on board additions, WSJ says
According to a Wall Street Journal report from Friday evening, Juniper Networks and activist investor Elliott Management are in discussions about adding new directors to Juniper's board in a move that may prevent a proxy fight. Elliott management which owns a 9% stake in the telephone equipment maker has suggested certain candidates which Juniper is evaluating, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
December 10, 2014
08:16 EDTJNPRBarclays 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 EDTCUDAIT security outlook remains positive, says Pacific Crest
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December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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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 EDTJNPRBMO Capital to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTJNPRJuniper initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush
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December 8, 2014
07:28 EDTFTNTFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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