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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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January 28, 2016
16:41 EDTFTNTFortinet sees FY16 EPS 67c-69c, consensus 68c
Sees FY16 revenue $1.25B-$1.26B, consensus $1.24B. Sees FY16 billings $1.51B-$1.52B. Sees FY16 gross margin approximately 73%.
16:39 EDTFTNTFortinet sees Q1 EPS 8c-9c, consensus 13c
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16:23 EDTFTNTFortinet announces new $200M share repurchase program
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16:21 EDTFTNTFortinet reports Q4 EPS 18c, consensus 18c
Reports Q4 revenue $296.5M, consensus $296.2M. Reports Q4 billings of $380.9M, up 35% year over year
14:29 EDTFTNTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Microsoft (MSFT), consensus 71c... Amazon (AMZN), consensus $1.56... Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.29... Electronic Arts (EA), consensus $1.81... Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.58... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.54... Visa (V), consensus 68c... Flextronics (FLEX), consensus 31c... NetSuite (N), consensus 4c... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 18c... Synaptics (SYNA), consensus $1.58... Proofpoint (PFPT), consensus (11c).
11:33 EDTCHKP, FTNTOptions with increasing call volume
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08:47 EDTCHKPCheck Point sees Q1 adjusted EPS 99c-$1.05, consensus $1.04
Sees Q1 revenue $395M-$410M, consensus $404.83M.
08:47 EDTCHKPCheck Point sees FY16 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.60, consensus $4.55
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05:30 EDTCHKPCheck Point reports Q4 non-GAAP EPS $1.20, consensus $1.15
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January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTCHKPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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08:33 EDTCHKPCyberArk CEO says focused on growing independently, Reuters reports
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