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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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August 20, 2014
08:02 EDTPANWPalo Alto expands global distribution agreement with Westcon Group
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August 19, 2014
11:05 EDTCHKPImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTCHKPImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
August 15, 2014
10:01 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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August 14, 2014
16:34 EDTPANWPalo Alto initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
Target $95.
August 13, 2014
15:49 EDTPANWPalo Alto checks positive, suggest Q4 upside, says Stephens
Stephens said its checks on Palo Alto have been positive and suggest Q4 results slightly ahead of consensus expectations. The firm raised its price target on Palo Alto to $95 from $90 and reiterates its Overweight rating on the shares.
10:01 EDTPANW, FTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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August 12, 2014
16:26 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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16:26 EDTPANWPalo Alto initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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