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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 20, 2015
16:50 EDTFTNTFortinet sees Q2 adjusted EPS 8c-9c , consensus 11c
Sees Q2 revenue $224M-$228M, consensus $222.1M. Sees Q2 operating margin 9%-10%. Sees Q2 gross margin 70%-71%. Sees Q2 billings $263M-$268M. Guidance from slides presentation.
16:33 EDTFTNTFortinet spikes higher after results
Shares are up over 6.3% in the extended session to $36.84, a fresh 52-week high and life high. At that price support is at $35.86, the prior life high and 52-week high. Without established resistance a drift upward to the $38.50 area may be possible.
16:32 EDTPANWPalo Alto re-initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
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16:27 EDTFTNTFortinet reports Q1 adjusted EPS 8c, consensus 6c
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15:37 EDTFTNTNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:44 EDTCHKPCheck Point price target raised to $96 from $91 at Jefferies
Jefferies increased its price target on Check Point after the company reported stronger than expected Q1 results. The firm thinks the results were solid, and it expects the company to continue to benefit from consolidation trends as customers reduce complexity and improve security. The firm predicts that the company's investments will yield returns this year and beyond, and it keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
14:11 EDTCHKPCheck Point price target raised to $97-$102 from $92-$97 at Wells Fargo
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12:35 EDTPANW, CHKP, FTNTCybersecurity stocks rally after Raytheon announces joint venture
The shares of cybersecurity companies are rising after Raytheon (RTN), a major defense contractor, announced that it was forming a cybersecuity joint venture with a company in the sector, Websense. Raytheon will acquire control of Websense as part of the deal. WHAT'S NEW: Raytheon announced that it had agreed to form a joint venture with Websense, which is owned by Vista Equity Partners. Under the deal, Websense will combine with Raytheon Cyber Products, a business unit of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services segment. Raytheon will pay about $1.57B for an 80.3% stake in the joint venture. Additionally, Raytheon will pay $1.9B, net of cash acquired, to buy Websense. Of the $1.9B, $600M will be in the form of an intercompany loan to the joint venture. The combined company will be treated as a separate business segment of Raytheon, the defense contractor stated. John McCormack, the CEO of Websense, will be the CEO of the unit. The deal is expected to close next quarter. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Sam Pearlstein wrote that the deal will raise Raytheon's non-GAAP, 2015 adjusted earnings per share by about 6c. However, the transaction will lower Raytheon's EPS on a GAAP basis for 2015 by 48c, driven by amortization of intangibles, deferred revenue, and one-time costs, according to Pearlstein. The analyst kept an Outperform rating on Raytheon shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cybersecurity company Check Point (CHKP) reported stronger than expected first quarter results today. Its Q2 guidance was roughly in-line with analysts' consensus estimates at the midpoints of the ranges given for earnings and revenue. Additionally, Check Point announced a partnership with another cybersecurity company, FireEye (FEYE). The companies said they would share threat intelligence to protect customers from modern advanced attacks. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading,Check Point jumped 5.4% to $86.14, FireEye rose 3.8% to $42.39, Palo Alto (PANW) gained 2.4% to $146, Fortinet (FTNT) added 1.7% to $34.28, Proofpoint (PFPT) advanced 1.7% to $58, and Raytheon slid 0.3% to $107.40.
10:03 EDTCHKPHigh option volume stocks
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09:18 EDTCHKPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS), up 2.1%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), up 1.3%... Check Point Software (CHKP), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Genetic Technologies (GENE), up 28.2% after additional health centers to offer BREVAGenplus... Hanwha Q Cells (HQCL), up 16.2% following solar module supply agreement with NextEra Energy (NEE)... Provectus (PVCT), up 6.7% after receiving notice of allowance for PV-10 combined with other drugs. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Royal Caribbean (RCL), down 6.1%... FARO (FARO), down 16.4%. ALSO LOWER: Yandex (YNDX), down after Barron's recommends that investors take some profits... Carnival (CCL), down 2% after Royal Caribbean reported quarterly results.
08:52 EDTCHKPCheck Point sees Q2 EPS 90c-99c, consensus 94c
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08:25 EDTCHKPCheck Point announces new partnership with FireEye
Check Point (CHKP) and FireEye (FEYE) announced a partnership to share threat intelligence to protect customers from modern advanced attacks. As part of this cooperation, Check Point's ThreatCloud and Next Generation Threat Prevention solutions and the FireEye NX platform will share the latest threat intelligence in real-time, allowing customers to update firewall security policies dynamically based on the intelligence from both platforms.
05:27 EDTCHKPCheck Point reports Q1 EPS 95c, consensus 91c
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April 17, 2015
15:31 EDTCHKPNotable companies reporting before Monday's open
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15:08 EDTFTNTFortinet May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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14:19 EDTCHKPCheck Point May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Check Point May call option implied volatility is at 26, July is at 21, October is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on April 20.
April 13, 2015
06:47 EDTPANWPalo Alto, FireEye remain Piper's favorite security ideas
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