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April 5, 2013
10:24 EDTJNPR, FFIV, RVBD, FNSR, JDSUF5 plummets nearly 20% after results miss expectations
F5 Networks (FFIV), which develops networking technology, is tumbling after the company last night announced preliminary second quarter results that were significantly below analysts' expectations. WHAT’S NEW: F5 said that its second quarter earnings per share would be $1.06-$1.07, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.23. The technology company's preliminary revenue was also meaningfully below analysts' outlook. Telecom sales and sales to the federal government fell sharply during the quarter, F5 explained. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to clients today, Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen responded to the company's announcement by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. This is the fourth consecutive quarter that sales of F5's products have dropped, and the company is losing market share, Jensen wrote. Moreover, the analyst stated that he is concerned about the outlook of F5's core Application Delivery Controller market. Jensen slashed his target on the shares to $82 from $107. On the other hand, Wells Fargo was more upbeat about the company's outlook, as it believes that the results probably reflect uneven spending by telecom carriers. F5 has a number of attractive upcoming opportunities, and today's sell-off is probably a good opportunity to buy shares, wrote the firm, which lowered its target on the shares to $97-$103 from $110-$120 but maintained an Outperform rating. OTHERS TO WATCH: Several other network infrastructure companies, such as Juniper (JNPR) and Riverbed (RVBD), are trading significantly lower in the wake of F5's announcement. Also declining are companies such as JDS Uniphase (JDSU) and Finisar (FNSR) that sell optical products to telecom companies, and Radware (RDWR), which develops networking solutions and also reported preliminary results that missed expectations. In a note to clients today, Needham analyst Alex Henderson wrote that F5's lower than expected results were caused by timing issues specific to that company, and do not reflect on the outlook of companies that make similar products. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In early trading, F5 sank nearly 20% to $72.70, and Radware also tumbled nearly 20% to $30.20, while Juniper slid 6% to $17 and JDS Uniphase gave back 3% to $12.70.
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April 23, 2015
10:00 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Northland... BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Hold from Overweight at HSBC... Brink's (BCO) downgraded to Neutral, sees 'imminent' downside risk, says Macquarie... Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Cognex (CGNX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cytec Industries (CYT) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Enbridge (ENB) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Fulton Financial (FULT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Heartland Express (HTLD) downgraded on limited earnings growth at Raymond James... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... MobileIron (MOBL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Noble Corp. (NE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Omnicare (OCR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... RAM Energy (RAME) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Repsol (REPYY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Stillwater Mining (SWC) downgraded on lack of catalysts at BB&T... Texas Capital (TCBI) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
10:00 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:26 EDTFFIVF5 Networks risk/reward compelling, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that the strong growth in F5's profits and free cash flows are far outpacing its revenue growth, which has been affected by tough comparisons. The firm thinks this situation creates a compelling risk/reward ratio, and it believes that the company's cash flows are underappreciated. It raised its price target on the name to $149 from $141 and keeps an Overweight rating on the shares.
08:21 EDTFFIVF5 Networks valuation attractive, says Wells Fargo
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07:06 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded to Neutral on lower growth, CEO change at MKM Partners
As previously reported, MKM Partners downgraded F5 Networks to Neutral based on lower Q3 guidance and growth rates, increased secular concerns, and worries about the CEO Change.
06:46 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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06:31 EDTFFIVF5 Networks upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
Needham upgraded F5 Networks to Buy with a $140 price target due to share weakness following the Q2 report. The firm shares shares are attractive on an expected stronger 2H driven by continued strong internal fundamentals, easier comps, and improving capex conditions.
April 22, 2015
19:14 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 3.3%... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), up 6.9%... eBay (EBAY), up 6.2%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), up 5.6%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.8%... Corelogic (CLGX), up 3.2%... Skechers (SKX), up 2.5%... AT&T (T), up 1.3%. ALSO HIGHER: ARRIS Group (ARRS), up 24.9% after acquiring Pace plc. for $2.1B in cash and stock... Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 2.5% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Uniqure (QURE), up 3.7% after being initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Texas Instruments (TXN), down 6.7%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 4.2%... Oceaneering International (OII), down 3.7%... F5 Networks (FFIV), down 2.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 3.3%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 3%... Facebook (FB), down 2.2%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 3.1%. ALSO LOWER: Noble Corp (NE), down 1.2% after being downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
16:15 EDTFFIVF5 Networks names Manny Rivelo as CEO, effective July 1
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16:14 EDTFFIVF5 Networks sees Q3 adjusted EPS $1.57-$1.60, consensus $1.59
Sees Q3 revenue $475M-$485M, consensus $489.42M.
16:13 EDTFFIVF5 Networks reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.59, consensus $1.50
Reports Q2 revenue $472.1M, consensus $471.14M.
15:30 EDTFFIVNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include eBay (EBAY), consensus 70c... Facebook (FB), consensus 40c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 62c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 72c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus $1.33... AT&T (T), consensus 62c... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.50... Plexus (PLXS), consensus 69c... Skechers (SKX), consensus $1.01... Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 41c... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus 41c... Covanta (CVA), consensus (8c)... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.09... Torchmark (TMK), consensus $1.05... Ameriprise (AMP), consensus $2.33... Polycom (PLCM), consensus 21c... Citrix (CTXS), consensus 65c... Core Laboratories (CLB), consensus 85c... Graco (GGG), consensus 78c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 48c... Equifax (EFX), consensus $1.02... SLM (SLM), consensus 7c... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 50c... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $1.94... Susquehanna (SUSQ), consensus 18c... Raymond James (RJF), consensus 83c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.49... CoreLogic (CLGX), consensus 31c... Oceaneering (OII), consensus 62c... Valmont (VMI), consensus $1.49... Brandywine Realty (BDN), consensus 32c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus 1c.
14:08 EDTFFIVF5 Networks technical notes before results
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April 21, 2015
12:54 EDTJNPRJuniper April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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10:20 EDTJNPRWells thinks carrier equipment vendors factored in weak capex
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08:34 EDTJDSUJDSU signs exclusive distribution agreement with Laser 2000
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April 16, 2015
11:22 EDTJNPRJuniper April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Juniper April weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, May is at 35, July is at 25, October is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 of April 23.
09:34 EDTJDSUSandell issues open letter to JDSU shareholders regarding CCOP
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April 15, 2015
07:46 EDTJNPREricsson, Juniper in focus for deals after Nokia-Alcatel tie-up, Bloomberg says
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April 14, 2015
11:55 EDTJDSUCommunication equipment stocks active after potential Nokia-Alcatel deal
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