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March 7, 2014
09:16 EDTNVTL, FEYE, VMEM, NLNK, ALSK, GTAT, FRM, DLIA, SWY, SKUL, BIG, FLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Foot Locker (FL), up 5.5%... Skullcandy (SKUL), up 25%... Big Lots (BIG), up 16%... Alaska Communications (ALSK), up 11%...ALSO HIGHER: dELiA's (DLIA), up 11% after Tiger Global Management reports 6.3% passive stake in the company... GT Advanced (GTAT), up 7% following upgrade at Credit Suisse. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Furmanite (FRM), down 3.8%... Novatel Wireless (NVTL), down 23%... Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (PPHM), down 10%. ALSO LOWER: NewLink (NLNK), down 9.7% after saying will continue IMPRESS Phase 3 study of algenpantucel-L... Violin Memory (VMEM), down 12.4% after earnings, downgrade at BofA/Merrill... FireEye (FEYE), down 6.6% after 14M share secondary offering of stock priced at $82.00... Safeway (SWY), down 3% after announcing a deal to be acquired by Albertsons for about an estimated $40 per share in a merger that had been reported on extensively.
News For FL;SKUL;DLIA;BIG;SWY;FRM;GTAT;NLNK;FEYE;ALSK;VMEM;NVTL From The Last 14 Days
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February 9, 2016
08:09 EDTALSKCyrusOne, Alaska Communications sign connectivity, data storage services pact
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February 8, 2016
05:12 EDTFEYEStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; FEYE TSLA
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; FireEye (FEYE) 114, Tesla (TSLA) 75 according to iVolatility.
February 5, 2016
13:41 EDTFEYEFireEye volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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08:26 EDTFLFoot Locker coverage assumed with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
Target $70.
05:16 EDTFEYEStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; FEYE LNKD
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February 4, 2016
05:04 EDTFEYEStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; FEYE LNKD
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February 3, 2016
05:08 EDTFEYEStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; FEYE TWTR
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February 2, 2016
14:52 EDTNLNKZika virus acquired through sexual transmission reported in Dallas
Dallas County Health and Human Services announced it has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first Zika virus case acquired through sexual transmission in Dallas County in 2016. The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present, DCHHS reported. Publicly traded companies working on combating Zika include Inovio (INO), Cerus (CERS), NewLink (NLNK) and Intrexon (XON).
12:56 EDTNLNKMizuho downplays near-term Zika revenue potential for NewLink, Intrexon
The Zika virus and its link to microcephaly and fetal brain damage have exploded into public view and lead to several drugmakers announcing plans to fight the disease, but Mizuho analyst Eric Criscuolo downplayed the potential for Zika to truly move the needle for companies in the space in the near-term. PERIPHERAL OPPORTUNITIES: NewLink (NLNK) announced plans to develop treatment options for the Zika virus as the disease was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization this week. While the company "could" secure funding and partnerships for the project, Criscuolo does not view NewLink's Zika plans as core to its investment story, encouraging investors to instead evaluate the company on the basis of its HyperAcute and IDO programs. Meanwhile, Intrexon's (XON) efforts in mosquito population control have also gained attention amid the rise of Zika, whose primary transmission vector is the mosquito. Though even a small slice of global mosquito spending would represent "significant" revenue for Intrexon, Criscuolo cautions that the company's program is still in early stages, with attempts at a wider rollout likely encountering political, biological, financial and public opinion hurdles. Separately, the analyst said he wouldn't be surprised to see OraSure (OSUR) also attempt to develop a Zika test given the company's response to Ebola last year, though as with NewLink, Criscuolo believes any such effort would be peripheral to OraSure's primary businesses. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies involved in combating Zika include Inovio (INO) and Cerus (CERS). PRICE ACTION: Shares of NewLink are up roughly 5% to $25.63. Meanwhile, Intrexon has slipped 5.5% on Tuesday afternoon but is still up 15% over the last five trading days. Among others with links to Zika, OraSure is up fractionally, Inovio has fallen 7% and Cerus has dipped 1.4% this afternoon.
10:26 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active
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10:18 EDTFEYECisco could be interested in FireEye, dealReporter says citing sources
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07:33 EDTFEYEFireEye acquisition positive, says Oppenheimer
After FireEye announced that it acquired Inovtas, Oppenhimer says that Inovtas' automation tool. meets a critical need for IT administrators. The firm says its checks with IT administrators indicate that automation is seen as "a potential holy grail" that could solve many IT security issues. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on FireEye.
07:14 EDTNLNKNewLink Genetics announces project to develop treatment options for Zika virus
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February 1, 2016
19:25 EDTFEYEFireEye acquires security orchestration firm Invotas
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January 29, 2016
13:19 EDTVMEMOptions with increasing call volume: EXP FLIR SYN INO PBR VMEM EPI GILD EA
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10:56 EDTFEYEIT 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.
January 28, 2016
19:09 EDTFEYEOn 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.
09:46 EDTFEYEFireEye downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global
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January 26, 2016
06:30 EDTFLFoot Locker added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill added Foot Locker (FL) to the US 1 List and said Nike's (NKE) innovation in casual athletic should support solid comps. Additionally, Foot Locker will likely receive favorable allocations from Nike given Under Armour's focus and momentum in the mall channel.

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