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February 10, 2014
12:41 EDTCHKP, IMPV, TGT, PFPT, PANW, FEYE, CUDA, SYMCFireEye 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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February 1, 2016
10:00 EDTPFPTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
08:17 EDTPFPTProofpoint should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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05:42 EDTPFPTProofpoint upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital analyst Michael Kim upgraded Proofpoint to Outperform citing the recent pullback in shares and share gains in the company's core protection business. Kim raised his price target for the stock to $68 from $65. Proofpoint closed Friday down 6%, or $3.47, to $50.36 following the company's Q4 results.
January 29, 2016
16:11 EDTSYMCSymantec on track to return over $4B to shareholders by March 2017
Symantec is on track to return more than $4B in capital to its shareholders by the end of March 2017. This capital return includes a $500M accelerated share repurchase completed in January 2016; $1.8B remaining at the end of Q3 from its previously announced share repurchase program; and the additional $2B of capital return that the board announced.
16:09 EDTSYMCSymantec receives $5.3B in connection with completion of Veritas sale
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10:56 EDTFEYE, CUDA, PANW, CHKP, SYMC, PFPTIT security stocks rise after Fortinet meets expectations
The shares of a number of IT security companies are rising after one of the companies in the sector, Fortinet (FTNT), reported in-line fourth quarter results last night. JPMorgan and RBC Capital were upbeat on the company's outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Fortinet reported Q4 EPS of 18c, in line with analysts' consensus outlook. The company's revenue was also in-line with the consensus outlook, while its billings jumped 35% versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, Fortinet's fiscal 2016 guidance also came in near consensus estimates. ANALYST REACTION: Fortinet's results show that it is gaining market share, especially overseas and among U.S. small and medium businesses, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty stated. Additionally, the company's margins look set to reach about 15% in fiscal 2016, up from 13% the previous year, and its free cash flow should jump 33% in fiscal 2016, the analyst predicted. He kept a $54 price target and Overweight rating on the shares, saying the quarter should bring a "welcomed lift" following the recent selloff in shares. Fortinet's guidance suggests that it will have more leverage than expected in fiscal 2016, but its outlook is also "somewhat conservative," RBC Capital analyst Dan Bergstrom wrote. Fortinet's stock is relatively cheap versus its peers and its historical norms, the analyst believes. However, he kept a $32 price target and Sector Perform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday morning IT security company Check Point (CHKP) reported stronger than expected Q4 results and provided in-line fiscal 2016 EPS guidance, excluding certain items. Last night IT security company Proofpoint (PFPT) reported in-line Q4 results but provided lower than expected fiscal 2016 EPS guidance. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Fortinet climbed 6% to $28. Other IT security companies also advanced, with Palo Alto (PANW) surging 7.5%, Barracuda (CUDA) gaining 2.5% to $10.60, FireEye (FEYE) rising 1.5% to $14, Check Point adding 1% to $77.70 and Symantec (SYMC) rising 1.2% to $129.75.
10:03 EDTIMPVHigh option volume stocks: GIMO CSOD NAVI ALGN IMPV LC INO FMC VMW RCII
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07:03 EDTPFPT, PANWProofpoint results suggest demand remains strong, says Piper Jaffray
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January 28, 2016
19:09 EDTPFPT, FEYE, PANWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 15.2%... QLogic (QLGC), up 11%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 9.2%... ShoreTel (SHOR), up 5.7%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 3.6%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 4.6%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.6%... Proofpoint (PFPT), up 3.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Palo Alto Networks (PANW) is up 1.1% and FireEye (FEYE) is up 1.6% after Fortinet reported quarterly results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 13.2%... Synaptics (SYNA), down 3.8%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 8%... Quality Systems (QSII), down 9%... Visa (V), down 1.2%. ALSO LOWER: Facebook (FB) is down 1.2%, Netflix (NFLX) is down 2.7%, and Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) is down 1.5% and 1.7%, respectively, after Amazon reported quarterly results.
16:19 EDTPFPTProofpoint sees FY16 CapEx $28M-$30M
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16:16 EDTPFPTProofpoint sees FY16 adjusted EPS (26c)-(21c), consensus (10c)
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16:15 EDTPFPTProofpoint sees Q1 adjusted EPS (15c)-(14c), consensus (9c)
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16:14 EDTPFPTProofpoint ends 2015 with over 1,100 active paying TAP customers
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16:13 EDTPFPTProofpoint reports Q4 adjusted EPS (11c), consensus (11c)
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14:29 EDTPFPTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Microsoft (MSFT), consensus 71c... Amazon (AMZN), consensus $1.56... Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.29... Electronic Arts (EA), consensus $1.81... Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.58... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.54... Visa (V), consensus 68c... Flextronics (FLEX), consensus 31c... NetSuite (N), consensus 4c... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 18c... Synaptics (SYNA), consensus $1.58... Proofpoint (PFPT), consensus (11c).
11:33 EDTCHKPOptions with increasing call volume
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09:46 EDTFEYEFireEye downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global
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08:47 EDTCHKPCheck Point sees Q1 adjusted EPS 99c-$1.05, consensus $1.04
Sees Q1 revenue $395M-$410M, consensus $404.83M.
08:47 EDTCHKPCheck Point sees FY16 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.60, consensus $4.55
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05:30 EDTCHKPCheck Point reports Q4 non-GAAP EPS $1.20, consensus $1.15
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