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April 4, 2014
09:45 EDTFTNT, CSCO, FEYEWells questions validity of low FireEye score in NSS Labs report
Wells Fargo notes that while most of yesterday's sell-off in shares of FireEye (FEYE) was due to a rotation out of high growth names, the company also received a relatively low score compared to Cisco's (CSCO) SourceFire, TrendMicro and Fortinet (FTNT) in an NSS Labs report on Breach Detection Systems. Wells said it questions the validity of the report for a “number of reasons” and it does not think FireEye's growth outlook in 2014 will be impacted. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on FireEye.
News For FEYE;CSCO;FTNT From The Last 14 Days
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October 5, 2015
09:12 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Spark Therapeutics (ONCE), up 45.7% after SPK-RPE65 trial met its primary endpoint... Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), up 12.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Chardan... bluebird bio (BLUE), up 5.3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Sunedison (SUNE), up 3.8% after announcing initiatives to optimize its business operations... General Electric (GE), up 3% after Trian disclosed a $2.5B stake in GE. LOWER: FireEye (FEYE), down 3.5% after being downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Applied Materials (AMAT), down 1.9% after being downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Cal-Maine Foods (CALM), down 2.1% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T.
07:14 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a conference
2015 Cisco Global Editors Conference is being held in San Jose, California on October 5-6 with webcasted keynote presentation to begin on October 5 at 11:45 am. Webcast Link
07:08 EDTFEYEFireEye enters global partnership with F5 Networks
FireEye (FEYE) and F5 Networks (FFIV) announced a global partnership to defend against the evolving security threats to the enterprise. Customers will benefit from comprehensive security solutions that integrate application delivery infrastructure from F5 and advanced threat protection from FireEye Network Security. The agreement also includes a unified approach to worldwide sales, deployment and support, thereby helping to ensure the best possible end-to-end experience for customers.
06:32 EDTFEYEFireEye downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski downgraded FireEye to Neutral with a $37 price target citing increasing competition and difficult upcoming comparisons. The provider of cybersecurity solutions closed Friday up 37c to $33.06.
October 2, 2015
15:14 EDTFTNT, FEYEAs many as 4.6M Scottrade users' data exposed in breach, KrebsonSecurity says
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09:47 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a news conference
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09:36 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTCSCOCisco to participate in a conference call with Raymond James
John Brigden, Senior Vice President of Software Strategy & Operations at Cisco Systems, provides an outline of the company's software strategy, portfolio and benefits to customers on a conference call to be held on October 2 at 12 pm hosted by Raymond James. Webcast Link
October 1, 2015
10:42 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active
FireEye October weekly 32, 32.5 and 34 calls are active on total call volume of 7,800 contracts (790 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 64, October is at 59; compared to its 52-week range of 36 to 78. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:16 EDTFEYEFireEye spikes higher, levels to watch
Shares are outperforming in the early going, last up over 3.5% to $32.98. At that price next resistance is at $33.68. Support is at $32.50.
10:11 EDTFEYEHigh option volume stocks
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10:08 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active
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September 30, 2015
10:33 EDTFTNT, FEYEBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space 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 tumbled 33% to $15.90.
08:08 EDTCSCOBroadSoft can be a 'significantly larger' company, says Jefferies
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September 29, 2015
17:03 EDTCSCOGeneral Electric, Cisco collaborate to accelerate manufacturing productivity
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12:23 EDTCSCOCisco has a conference call hosted by Deutsche Bank
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September 28, 2015
07:38 EDTFEYE, CSCOBox to hold a user conference
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTCSCO, FEYE, FTNTCybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
September 25, 2015
16:35 EDTCSCOStocks end week lower as biotechs sink, Volkswagen crashes
Stocks ended the week lower after concerns about drug prices were reignited, sinking biotech stocks, an emissions scandal engulfed Volkswagen (VLKAY), dragging down shares of automakers and their suppliers, and Caterpillar (CAT) announced that it may eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs in the next three years as commodity prices continue to slump. MACRO NEWS: Following the Federal Reserve's decision last week to wait before raising rates, the central bank made a concerted effort to give the market more clarity this week. Over last weekend, three Federal Reserve officials - San Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker - all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. Then, on Thursday night, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said during a speech at UMass Amherst that the central bank remains inclined to hike rates this year. Yellen's remarks were incrementally hawkish, but welcomed by the market, since they helped clarify the message the Fed delivered a week ago... In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. Durable goods orders for August declined 2.0%, versus expectations for a drop of 2.3%. When transportation items were removed, the core reading was breakeven, versus expectations for a rise of 0.1%. The third estimate of second quarter GDP showed the economy grew 3.9% quarter-over-quarter, versus expectations for the GDP growth estimate to stay at 3.7%. Personal consumption in Q2 is now believed to have grown 3.6%, up from the prior estimate of 3.1%. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for September came in at 87.2, which was down from August's 91.9 but above the expected 86.2 reading... The Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for China fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled new economic targets, including a goal for a 20% increase in the target size of the Japanese economy to 600T yen, though he gave no timeframe for achieving this aspiration... In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Biotech stocks declined after privately-held Turing Pharmaceuticals made headlines by enacting a 5,000% price increase on its treatment for toxoplasmosis, reigniting a debate around drug prices that previously embroiled costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent the debate to center stage by criticizing the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs and laying out a plan to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market. The NASDAQ Biotechnology index fell roughly xxx% for the week amid the attention paid to Turing's drug and Clinton's response... Volkswagen (VLKAY) shares trading in New York fell sharply to begin the week and ended the week far from where they'd been last Friday before the EPA said it found manipulations that violate U.S. environmental standards while testing certain of the automaker's diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters. In the wake of the scandal, Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn resigned, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and selecting Matthias Mueller, the former head of Porsche (POAHY), as Winterkorn's successor as the company's new CEO... Caterpillar (CAT) shares dropped after the heavy machinery maker announced plans for job cuts and lowered its revenue guidance for this year and next. Caterpillar said that it would lay off 4,000-5,000 of its employees between now and the end of 2016 and could lay off up to 10,000 employees by 2018. Caterpillar cut its fiscal year 2015 revenue forecast by $1B and said its sees its fiscal year 2016 revenue to be 5% below this year, adding that it expects revenue declines in all three large segments next year... Online and mobile deal provider Groupon (GRPN) said it plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... Nike jumped after the athletic gear giant reported better than expected earnings and futures orders, prompting numerous price target hikes and at least one upgrade at Street research firms. Among other companies reporting earnings this week, BlackBerry (BBRY), ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell immediately following their quarterly reports... Apple (AAPL), which has previously been reported to be working on an electric car via its "Project Titan," is speeding up those efforts and setting 2019 as a target to ship its first vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in in the Asian nation, while Cisco (CSCO) announced a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... GoPro (GPRO) finished the week about xxx% lower after Barron's contended in a feature article last weekend that the company's stock could plunge another 30% to $25 as Apple, Sony (SNE) and others pressure the company's "one-hit wonder" products... On the M&A front, Atmel (ATML) agreed to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at roughly $4.6B and Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement with Colony American Homes. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 0.43% to close at 16,314.67, the S&P 500 fell about 1.35% to close at 1,931.34, and the Nasdaq declined about 2.89% to close at 4,686.50.
08:19 EDTCSCOCisco weakness creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
After meeting with Cisco's CEO, Bernstein says that the company continues to perform in-line with the firm's upbeat outlook. Bernstein says that beairsh views on the company's SDN and Hyperscale businesses "continue to be proved wrong." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
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