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February 10, 2014
12:41 EDTPFPT, IMPV, CHKP, TGT, FEYE, SYMC, CUDA, PANWFireEye rallies after firm calls 'once in a decade opportunity'
Shares of IT security company FireEye (FEYE) are climbing after Wells Fargo initiated coverage of the stock with an Outperform rating in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: FireEye has "truly disruptive technology" and "offers a once in a decade opportunity," Wells Fargo stated. Moreover, recent high profile cyber attacks on retailers, including Target (TGT) and Neiman Marcus, have increased awareness of IT security companies in general and those with anti-malware tools, including FireEye, in particular, the firm contended. It predicted that FireEye's compound annual growth rate would reach 45% or higher over the next five years. The firm kept an $83-$87 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies with anti-malware products include Symantec (SYMC) and Barrcauda Networks (CUDA). Other IT security companies include Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Imperva (IMPV), and Check Point (CHKP). PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, FireEye rose $4.17, or 5.9%, to $74.90.
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August 20, 2014
08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
11:27 EDTFEYEFireEye drops sharply, levels to watch
In the last 15 minutes the shares have taken a sharp turn lower, lead by a large block trade of 4.89M shares. At the current price of $27.96, the stock is down over 2.9%. Next support at current price is at $27.25. Resistance is at $28.81.
11:05 EDTCHKP, IMPVImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTIMPV, CHKPImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:41 EDTIMPVImperva new CEO positive, says Oppenheimer
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:17 EDTSYMCSymantec turns attention to smartphones, connected devices, WSJ reports
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August 18, 2014
16:07 EDTIMPVImperva names Anthony Bettencourt as president, CEO
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11:05 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:41 EDTFEYECommunity Health discloses personal data compromised in cyber attack
Earlier today, Community Health (CYH) disclosed in a filing that in July Community Health Systems confirmed that its computer network was the target of an external, criminal cyber attack that the company believes occurred in April and June. The company and its forensic expert, Mandiant, a FireEye company (FEYE), believe the attacker was an “Advanced Persistent Threat” group originating from China who used highly sophisticated malware and technology to attack the company’s systems.The company has been informed by federal authorities and Mandiant that this intruder has typically sought valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data. However, in this instance the data transferred was non-medical patient identification data related to the company’s physician practice operations and affected approximately 4.5M individuals who, in the last five years, were referred for or received services from physicians affiliated with the company. The company has confirmed that this data did not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information; the data is, however, considered protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act because it includes patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers. The company does not believe this incident will have a material adverse effect on its business or financial results.
07:21 EDTTGTTarget extends stores hours in effort to up later business, WSJ says
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August 15, 2014
11:20 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:38 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Target August weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, September is at 19, January is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 20.
August 14, 2014
16:34 EDTPANWPalo Alto initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
Target $95.
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