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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.
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April 23, 2014
19:13 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:56 EDTFTNTFortinet sees Q2 EPS approximately 10c, consensus 11c
Sees Q2 revenue $169M-$172M, consensus $168.93M. Guidance from slides presentation.
16:30 EDTFTNTFortinet reports Q1 EPS 11c, consensus 9c
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April 22, 2014
14:05 EDTPANWEarnings Preview: Juniper undertakes capital initiatives since Q4 report
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April 21, 2014
07:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto multiple could increase, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Palo Alto's multiple could rise based on anticipation of free cash flow increases. The firm thinks the Street is underestimating the company's profit growth ,and it recommends buying the shares.
April 14, 2014
12:11 EDTPANWPalo Alto jumps after two analysts raise their ratings
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10:02 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
08:48 EDTPANWPalo Alto upgraded to Overweight at Stephens
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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 EDTPANW, FTNT, CHKPNetwork 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

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