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April 11, 2013
11:17 EDTPANW, CHKP, FIRE, FTNTFortinet 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.
News For FTNT;CHKP;PANW;FIRE From The Last 14 Days
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June 26, 2015
10:56 EDTPANW, FTNTBarclays calls Fortinet, Palo Alto best bets in cybersecurity sector
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10:00 EDTCHKP, FTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:43 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $210 from $178 at Barclays
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05:41 EDTCHKP, PANW, FTNTFireEye downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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05:35 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
Target $50.
05:35 EDTCHKPCheck Point initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
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June 24, 2015
12:06 EDTCHKP, PANW, FTNTU.S. data hack larger than previously disclosed, WSJ reports
Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta said in a statement today to the House Oversight Committee that her agency is investigating whether up to 18M unique Social Security numbers were stolen as part of the previously disclosed cyberattack, Wall Street Journal reports. The hack is being defined as two distinct breaches, and the larger than previously thought numbers are preliminary and not verified, the Journal adds. Publicly traded companies in the cybersecurity space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
10:00 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
09:10 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:54 EDTFTNT, PANWFortinet downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
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06:53 EDTFTNTFortinet downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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June 22, 2015
10:19 EDTPANW, FTNTAnalyst says get more selective on cybersecurity stocks
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05:56 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $49 from $43 at UBS
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05:55 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $206 from $180 at UBS
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05:45 EDTFTNT, PANWFireEye downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS analyst Brent Thill downgraded FireEye (FEYE) to Neutral citing the stock's 70% rally year-to-date. Hill, however, raised his price target for name to $55 from $50. Shares of the cybersecurity provider closed Friday down 58c to $53.65. Hill also downgraded Symantec (SYMC) this morning to Sell. In the cybersecurity space, he keeps Buy ratings on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Fortinet (FTNT).
June 19, 2015
08:31 EDTFTNTFortinet adds Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Judith Sim to board
Fortinet (FTNT) announced that Judith Sim, Chief Marketing Officer at Oracle (ORCL), is joining Fortinet's board, effective June 22.
June 18, 2015
07:48 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $200 from $180 at RBC Capital
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June 17, 2015
11:47 EDTFTNT, PANWCyberArk rises after Merrill hikes target noting strong security trends
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