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April 11, 2013
11:17 EDTFTNT, CHKP, PANW, FIREFortinet pulls down Internet security sector after Q1 miss
A number of Internet security stocks are retreating after a company in the sector, Fortinet (FTNT), reported weaker than expected first quarter results. CATALYST: Fortinet, which develops network security products, announced preliminary first quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 12c. The company's revenue was also lower than expected. "Our financial results were negatively impacted by a few deals in the U.S. service provider segment which did not close as expected, macro factors in Latin America and (the Europe, Middle East and Africa region), and, to a lesser extent, the timing of new appliance product releases and inventory shortages," explained Fortinet CEO Ken Xie. Catalysts driving demand for Internet security products, however, remain strong, he added. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Sourcefire (FIRE) dropped 2.6% to $53 and Palo Alto (PANW) gave back 1.3% to $54, while Fortinet slumped 16% to $18.40. BEARISH TAKE: A number of research firms, including Wells Fargo and Needham, reacted to Fortinet's results by downgrading the shares. Wells Fargo, which lowered its rating on the stock to Market Perform from Outperform, believes that the company could miss its 2013 guidance. The firm lowered its price target range on the shares to $17-$18 from $28-$29. Needham dropped the stock to Hold from Buy. BULLISH TAKE: Stifel Nicolaus recommended buying Fortinet's stock on weakness, as the firm thinks the shares' multiple is reasonable and that company could be viewed as a valuable takeover candidate. Stifel kept a Buy rating on the shares. Meanwhile, after conducting channel checks, Oppenheimer wrote that the valuation of Check Point (CHKP), another IT security company, is attractive. The firm expects Check Point to report in-line Q1 results and reiterate its FY13 guidance. Oppenheimer kept a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
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April 14, 2014
08:18 EDTPANWPalo Alto upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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05:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays
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April 13, 2014
20:11 EDTPANWGoogle, Palo Alto, Cvent worth looking into, Barron's says
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April 11, 2014
07:29 EDTCHKP, FTNT, PANWNetwork security Q1 survey shows 'respectable' demand, says Jefferies
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April 10, 2014
10:00 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:02 EDTPANWPalo Alto completes acquisition of Cyvera for $200M
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08:57 EDTPANWImperva should be bought after negative preannouncement, says Pacific Crest
After Impreva preannounced lower than expected Q1 revenue, Pacific Crest blamed the miss on a lack of sales execution and lengthening sales cycles. However, the firm is still upbeat on Imperva's outlook, as it expects demand for security products to increase. Pacific Crest reduced its price target on Imperva to $48 from $62. It recommends buying other IT security names, including Palo Alto (PANW) and Proofpoint (PFPT), on weakness in the wake of Imperva's guidance. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on all the stocks named.
08:45 EDTPANWPalo Alto upgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities upgraded Palo Alto (PANW) to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm expects the company to benefit from the strength of its Advanced Persistent Threat service and strong demand for next generation firewall technology. JMP Securities also believes that the company's sales are tracking at least in-line with expectations this quarter, and is more confident that it will prevail in its court battle with Juniper (JNPR). Target $80.
06:03 EDTPANWPalo Alto upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
April 9, 2014
19:01 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:49 EDTFTNT, CHKP, PANWImperva plummets after lowering Q1 EPS and revenue outlook
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17:32 EDTPANW, CHKP, FTNTImperva Q1 miss likely to weigh on Security sector, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes the magnitude of Imperva's (IMPV) Q1 miss will weigh on the Cyber Security industry since expectations for the group were relatively high going into Q1 earnings. Names in the space include Check Point (CHKP), Fortinet (FTNT), FireEye (FEYE), Palo Alto (PANW) and Symantec (SYMC). Wells notes, however, that it sees little direct fundamental implications for other names in the group as Imperva's issues were likely more company specific. Wells has Outperform ratings on Check Point, FireEye, Palo Alto and Fortinet.
08:19 EDTPANWPalo Alto shares should be bought after pullback, says Pacific Crest
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April 8, 2014
11:12 EDTPANWFirm recommends buying tech stocks after declines
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08:18 EDTPANWDeclines in high growth IT stocks create opportunities, says Pacific Crest
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07:28 EDTPANW, FTNT, FIRESecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
April 7, 2014
10:10 EDTPANWAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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08:49 EDTPANWFBR sees 'golden buying opportunity' in enterprise software
FBR Capital says a "'golden buying opportunity" exists in the enterprise software space following the recent sell-off of high-growth names. The firm believes overall software results in Q1 tracked in line to slightly ahead of expectations. It recommends buying Splunk (SPLK), Salesforce.com (CRM), Workday (WDAY), FireEye (FEYE), NetSuite (N) and Palo Alto (PANW) on the recent pullbacks.
08:42 EDTFTNTFortinet recommended ahead of earnings at Nomura
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April 4, 2014
09:45 EDTFTNTWells questions validity of low FireEye score in NSS Labs report
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