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May 19, 2014
11:33 EDTCUDA, IMPV, PFPT, FEYEFireEye advances after analyst predicts sentiment could rebound
Shares of IT security company FireEye (FEYE) are rallying after Nomura predicted in a note to investors earlier today that sentiment towards the stock could improve following its lock-up expiration on May 21. WHAT'S NEW: After restrictions preventing FireEye insiders from selling stock expire on May 21 investors could become more optimistic about the shares, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund predicted. FireEye has a robust opportunity in the IT security market and its technology is "best-of-breed," while its management team is strong, the analyst stated. Additionally, the company is adding new products and its advanced persistent threat technology could become more mainstream, said Sherlund. FireEye is investing heavily and losing money, but investors with a longer term time horizon could benefit from the company's positive attributes, the analyst indicated. The stock reached an attractive entry point, wrote Sherlund before the market opened. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: FireEye, which has tumbled about 60% in the last three months, rose about 3% to $28.82 in late morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other stocks in the sector were also advancing this morning, with Proofpoint (PFPT) rising 5.5%, Imperva (IMPV) gaining 2% and Barracuda Networks (CUDA) climbing a bit more than 2%.
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July 24, 2015
07:47 EDTPFPTProofpoint reported impressive results, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital notes that Proofpoint's billings accelerated in Q2, while the company raised its Q3 and 2015 revenue guidance. The firm thinks the company has several positive catalysts going forward. It raised its price target on the name to $80 from $70 and keeps an Outperform rating.
06:01 EDTPFPTProofpoint price target range raised to $83-$86 at Wells Fargo
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05:45 EDTPFPTProofpoint price target raised to $80 from $70 at Summit Research
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July 23, 2015
19:06 EDTPFPTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 17.2%... Marketo (MKTO), up 15.4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 9.9%... NetGear (NTGR), up 9.2%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.1%... LogMeIn (LOGM), up 9.9%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Mitek Systems (MITK), up 7.8%... Proofpoint (PFPT), up 5.1%... Supreme Industries (STS), up 4.7%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 3.6%... IGI Laboratories (IG), up 3.7%... Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), up 4.1%... Boyd Gaming (BYD), up 4.1%... Trinity Industries (TRN), up 5%... Trinity Industries (N), up 3.2%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Qorvo (QRVO), up 2.7% after Skyworks reported quarterly results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: TrueCar (TRUE), down 33.1% after reporting quarterly results and cutting fiscal 2015 revenue guidance... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 9.2%... Align Technology (ALGN), down 7.4%... Capital One (COF), down 4.9%... PMC-Sierra (PMCS), down 9.1%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (SNSS), down 59.7% after giving vosaroxin regulatory update... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL), down 5.6% after CEO Thomas Chalberg, Jr., Ph.D. resigns and Hans Hull name interim CEO.
18:21 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
16:27 EDTPFPTProofpoint sees FY15 adjusted EPS (40c)-(39c), consensus (38c)
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16:25 EDTPFPTProofpoint sees Q3 adjusted EPS (12c)-(11c), consensus (9c)
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16:24 EDTPFPTProofpoint reports Q2 adjusted EPS (9c), consensus (9c)
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15:04 EDTPFPTNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:17 EDTFEYEEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
11:32 EDTFEYEIT security stocks climb after Fortinet, F5 beat expectations
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July 22, 2015
19:02 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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10:21 EDTCUDAJPMorgan positive on Barracuda after management meetings
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty left meetings with the CEO and CFO of Barracuda Networks "even more convinced" that the company's issues in Q1 were just "growing pains" from channel expansion. The company's business should reaccelerate and the stock should move higher as the issues sort themselves out, Auty tells investors in a research note. He views Barracuda as an attractively valued way to play the security trend and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $42 price target.
July 17, 2015
14:37 EDTCUDA, FEYE, IMPV, PFPTUCLA Health says 4.5M individuals' data possibly exposed in cyber attack
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11:13 EDTCUDABarracuda management to meet with William Blair
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10:56 EDTPFPT, FEYECVS investigates credit card breach at online photo unit, KrebsOnSecurity says
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07:31 EDTIMPVImperva Q2 results should top consensus expectations, says Stephens
Stephens said it remains convinced after speaking with partners that Imperva is well positioned for "strong" organic growth and the firm expects the company's Q2 results to beat consensus expectations given the continued strength of Incapsula and better sales execution. The firm reiterates its Overweight rating and $75 price target on Imperva shares.
07:11 EDTFEYEGigamon checks show continued momentum, says William Blair
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July 16, 2015
08:36 EDTFEYEFinjan Holdings files second lawsuit against Blue Coat
Finjan Holdings (FNJN) announced that its subsidiary, Finjan, Inc. has filed a second patent infringement lawsuit against Blue Coat Systems, alleging infringement of seven Finjan patents relating to new infringing Blue Coat products and services. The Complaint, filed July 15, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Blue Coat's new products and services infringe seven Finjan patents. In particular, Finjan is asserting infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,154,844; 6,965,968; 7,418,731; 8,079,086; 8,225,408; 8,566,580; 8,677,494; four of which are being asserted against Blue Coat for the first time. Finjan is seeking a jury trial; entry of judgment of direct and indirect infringement of certain claims of each of the asserted patents by Blue Coat; preliminary and permanent injunction against Blue Coat and its officers, among others, from infringing the asserted patents; and damages to be determined by a jury. This original case against Blue Coat will be proceeding to trial on July 20, 2015, with all six patents included in Finjan's first complaint against Blue Coat. Those patents include 6,804,780; 6,154,844; 7,418,731; 6,965,968; 7,058,822 and 7,647,633. The trial in the first case is expected to last for two weeks. Finjan has filed patent infringement lawsuits against FireEye (FEYE), Proofpoint, Sophos, Symantec (SYMC), and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) relating to, collectively, more than 20 patents in the Finjan portfolio.
07:59 EDTCUDABarracuda management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in New York on July 21 hosted by JPMorgan.
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