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January 3, 2014
11:13 EDTCUDA, QLYS, PFPT, KEYW, FEYEIT security companies rally following FireEye deal
Shares of a number of information security companies are advancing after one of the companies in the sector, FireEye (FEYE), announced last night that it had bought privately held cybersecurity firm Mandiant. WHAT'S NEW: FireEye stated that it would acquire Mandiant for $106.5M and 21.5 million shares of FireEye's stock. The deal closed on December 30, added FireEye. Separately, FireEye raised its fourth quarter revenue outlook to $55M-$57M from a prior view of $52M-$54M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $53.57M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors, SunTrust analyst Tobey Sommer stated that Mandiant was acquired for a total price of about $1 billion, or ten times its revenue. If cybersecurity company KEYW Holding (KEYW) was acquired at a similar valuation, the company could be bought for over $80 per share, Sommer estimated. Sommer kept a Buy rating on KEYW, which was trading near $15 per share in late morning trading. PRICE ACTION: Investors were positively reacting to FireEye's announcements,sending the company's shares up more than 32% to $54.44. A number of other cybersecurity companies rose significantly in late morning trading as well, with KEYW surging 9.7% to $15.00, Proofpoint (PFPT) rising 7% to $34.67, Qualys (QLYS) advancing 3.5% to $24.00, and Barracuda Networks (CUDA) gaining 2.9% to $38.25.
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September 29, 2015
16:24 EDTCUDABarracuda reports Q2 gross billings $98.4M
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16:23 EDTCUDABarracuda reports Q2 EPS 10c, consensus 9c
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15:15 EDTCUDANotable companies reporting after market close
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11:19 EDTQLYS, CUDAAnalyst rolls out coverage of IT security stocks with mixed view
Research firm Stifel initiated coverage of IT security company Barracuda Networks (CUDA) with a Buy rating and started coverage of another company in the sector, Imperva (IMPV), with a Hold rating in notes to investors this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda is "an emerging leader" in the small and medium business security and storage sectors and it's poised to replace legacy systems in those markets, Stifel analyst Gur Talpaz wrote. The lower than expected billings reported by the company for the first quarter was "an aberration," according to Talpaz, who predicts its billings growth should accelerate in Q2. Unlike legacy threat management systems, Barracuda's products can be bought individually, on an "as needed" basis, by small and medium businesses, Talpaz explained. More importantly, Barracuda's products allow a single administrator to view the majority of the company's security infrastructure from any location, Talpaz noted. Additionally, Barracuda's storage solutions can be implemented using appliance, cloud or hybrid systems, according to Talpaz, who set a $36 price target on the shares. Imperva is "the clear leader" in the small but fast growing Web Application Firewall, or WAF, market, the analyst stated. However, many companies still don't view WAF systems as necessary, reasoning that they do not have that many Web applications, according to Talpaz. Moreover, competition in the market is intense, as network vendors such as F5 Networks (FFIV) and cloud vendors such as Akamai (AKAM) are competing in the relatively small space, the analyst stated. Talpaz expects Imperva to report strong Q3 results, but heading into 2016, he believes that the company's future profitability is "limited,"while its competitive end markets will create challenges and its valuation leaves little room for error. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Talpaz also initiated coverage of another company in the sector, Qualys (QLYS), with a Hold rating. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Barracuda slipped 1.2% to $24.33, Imperva dropped 3.6% to $63 and Qualys advanced 0.4% to $28.59.
10:00 EDTQLYS, CUDAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:52 EDTPFPTProofpoint coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
Target $75.
06:51 EDTCUDABarracuda initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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06:51 EDTQLYSQualys initiated with a Hold at Stifel
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05:24 EDTKEYWHexis Cyber Solutions enters into partnership with Exclusive Networks
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September 28, 2015
13:33 EDTCUDABarracuda volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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07:38 EDTFEYEBox to hold a user conference
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTFEYECybersecurity 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
09:03 EDTKEYWKEYW wins second contract option exercise for airborne collection services
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September 24, 2015
10:41 EDTKEYWKEYW announces first product sale of KeyRadar
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10:01 EDTQLYSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 8point3 Energy (CAFD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Avondale... AEGON (AEG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Citi ups Ralph Lauren (RL) to Buy on valuation, cost savings... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... L'Oreal (LRLCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Marriott (MAR) upgraded on historical performance, growth outlook at SunTrust... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Qualys (QLYS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded on better than expected transaction at SunTrust.
06:17 EDTQLYSQualys upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Qualys to Neutral and maintained its $31 price target citing valuation.
September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTFEYEChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
12:36 EDTQLYS, PFPT, CUDA, FEYEGovernment cyber attack affects larger number of fingerprint data
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12:16 EDTFEYEPiper says reseller event positive for Palo Alto, Imperva, CyberArk
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says his investor briefing with a large security reseller yielded positive feedback on Palo Alto (PANW), Imperva (IMPV) and CyberArk (CYBR). The reseller's customers' top spending priority is now inside threat protection, which bodes well for Imperva and CyberArk, Nowinski tells investors in a research note. Further, their growth with Palo Alto continues to ramp and should exceed 50% in 2016, the analyst adds. Nowinski found comments around FireEye (FEYE) "slightly more cautious" with some viewing the Mandiant service organization as competitive to their professional service offerings.
11:19 EDTFEYEApple security breach larger than first thought, Sky News says
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