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January 16, 2014
10:02 EDTVIPS, BWLD, SPWR, PM, BANX, SAFM, SCTY, MRLN, TWTR, TI, PFPT, FEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: FireEye (FEYE) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Marlin Business (MRLN) coverage resumed with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Philip Morris (PM) initiated with a Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... SunPower (SPWR) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Telecom Italia (TI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at CLSA... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) initiated with an Outperform at CLSA... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a $70 price target at Telsey Advisory... StoneCastle (BANX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Vipshop (VIPS) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill.
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September 30, 2015
10:33 EDTFEYE, PFPTBattleground: 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.
09:04 EDTTWTRDemandware, Twitter partner to deliver 'Buy Now' capability to retailers
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09:03 EDTTWTRShopify introduces selling on Twitter with Buy Now
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07:44 EDTSAFMTyson Foods valuation multiples 'remain compressed,' says JPMorgan
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05:10 EDTTWTRStocks with implied volatility movement; TWTR P
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September 29, 2015
13:23 EDTTWTRTwitter intends to go beyond 140-character limit, Re/code says
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13:07 EDTTWTRTwitter intends to go beyond 140-character limit, Re/code says
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11:38 EDTBWLDMcDonald's rises as analysts weigh in on fast food sector
Shares of McDonald's (MCD) rose in morning trading after Credit Suisse upgraded the Big Mac maker to Outperform. Some McDonald's competitors were also active after Telsey Advisory initiated coverage on multiple companies in the quick-serve and fast casual restaurant space. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Jason West upgraded McDonald's to Outperform and raised his price target on its shares to $112 from $110. West said that more improvements for the company are "forthcoming" even after CEO Steve Easterbrook announced positive operational and financial steps. The analyst added that checks suggest that U.S. same-store sales trends are beginning to turn as a result of operational and menu changes, as well as some new product wins. West said he sees 5%-6% possible upside to current 2016 expectations and views a favorable risk/reward of roughly 2%-3% downside as opposed to 20% upside, even if the turnaround is "fairly modest." NOTABLE INITIATIONS: Separately, Telsey Advisory Group analyst Bob Derrington initiated coverage of several companies in the restaurant sector, stamping Panera (PNRA) with an Outperform rating and a $225 price target. The analyst noted that the company's plan to become a better dining alternative continues to build traction and that same-store sales trends are likely to speed up in 2016 and 2017. Derrington initiated Jack in the Box (JACK) with an Outperform rating and a price target of $95, as he sees it being positioned for strong appreciation in the year ahead based on management's plan to revitalize and differentiate the Jack in the Box brand. The analyst also expects the company to further differentiate, improve the returns, and position its Qdoba brand for quick growth and recycle its franchise cash flow for better shareholder returns. Derrington initiated coverage of Chipotle (CMG) with a Market Perform rating and an $800 price target, saying that despite the firm's positive prospects due to better-than-most-peer same-store sales and revenue growth, the company's margin risk makes him take a more cautious approach to his rating of the stock. The analyst also tagged Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) with a Market Perform rating and a $220 price target, noting that the company's strong growth prospects seem to be reflected in its premium valuation. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, McDonald's shares rose 1.6% to $97.49, Panera shares gained 0.9% to $191, Jack in the Box advanced 1.1% to $78.24, Chipotle added 1% to $715 and Buffalo Wild Wings were 1.3% higher at $195.68.
10:00 EDTBWLDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:52 EDTPFPTProofpoint coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
Target $75.
06:09 EDTBWLDBuffalo Wild Wings initiated with a Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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September 28, 2015
11:57 EDTTWTRInvestors have confidence in Dorsey as next Twitter CEO, NY Times says
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11:51 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR FCX
Twitter (TWTR) December 29 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 59, Freeport McMoRan (FCX) January 10 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 74 according to iVolatility.
07:38 EDTFEYEBox to hold a user conference
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07:22 EDTTITelecom Italia opens up sale of Inwit, Reuters says
Telecom Italia (TI) has opened the way for the sale of its Inwit unit but does not plan to sell its Brazilian mobile network operator Tim Participacoes (TSU), Reuters reports. The Italian phone company's board has told the CEO to look for options to gain value from Inwit, the report says. Reference Link
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
15:29 EDTTWTRSquare to file IPO within next two weeks, Fortune reports
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11:58 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR NFLX
Twitter (TWTR) January 32 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 53, Netflix (NFLX) January 115.7 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 55 according to IVolatility.
10:39 EDTTWTRTwitter falls, levels to watch
The stock is down over 2.4% at time of writing to $25.98. At that price next support is at $25.02. Resistance is at $26.42.
05:12 EDTSAFMSanderson Farms recalls 551,090 pounds of chicken products
Sanderson Farms announced that it is voluntarily recalling 551,090 pounds of chicken products produced at its plant in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. A sample of the products analyzed by a customer of the company and the USDA was found to contain foreign material. As a precautionary measure, the company has voluntarily recalled approximately 551,090 pounds of product. None of the products that are the subject of this recall were shipped to grocery stores or packed directly for consumers. The product included ice packed chicken products sold to three customers who use the products for additional processing into further processed chicken products. The company has identified all of the products and notified its customers to place the products on hold, return them to the company and further execute the recall of these products. The products involved in the recall were produced at the Hazlehurst, Mississippi, plant on September 17 and 18, 2015. The company is aware of no injuries or adverse reaction caused as a result of consuming this product.
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