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April 9, 2014
17:49 EDTFEYE, IMPV, SYMC, FTNT, PANW, CHKPImperva plummets after lowering Q1 EPS and revenue outlook
Imperva (IMPV), a data security solutions company, is down more than 34% in extended trading after the company lowered its first quarter earnings per share and revenue outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Imperva said it now sees a Q1 adjusted EPS view of (44c)-(40c), down from (37c)-(33c) and below the analyst consensus of (35c). The company also lowered its Q1 revenue view to $31M-$31.5M from $36M-$37M, below a consensus of $36.69M. The company said its Q1 results "were primarily impacted by extended sales cycles on deals over $100,000, which led to delays in receiving anticipated orders from customers, particularly in the U.S., which resulted in lower than expected revenue for products." ANALYST REACTION: Wells Fargo said it believes the magnitude of Imperva's Q1 miss will weigh on the Cyber Security industry since expectations for the group were relatively high going into earnings. Wells noted, however, that it saw little direct fundamental implications for other names in the group as Imperva's issues were likely more company specific. PRICE ACTION: Imperva is trading down $16.98, or 34.14%, to $32.75 in the after-hours. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other names in the space include Check Point (CHKP), Fortinet (FTNT), FireEye (FEYE), Palo Alto (PANW) and Symantec (SYMC). Both Fortinet and FireEye are trading down over 2% in the after-hours.
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October 1, 2015
10:42 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active
FireEye October weekly 32, 32.5 and 34 calls are active on total call volume of 7,800 contracts (790 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 64, October is at 59; compared to its 52-week range of 36 to 78. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:16 EDTFEYEFireEye spikes higher, levels to watch
Shares are outperforming in the early going, last up over 3.5% to $32.98. At that price next resistance is at $33.68. Support is at $32.50.
10:11 EDTFEYEHigh option volume stocks
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10:08 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active
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September 30, 2015
10:33 EDTFTNT, IMPV, SYMC, PANW, CHKP, FEYEBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
08:02 EDTPANWTrustwave and Palo Alto announce strategic alliance
Trustwave and Palo Alto announced a strategic alliance designed to bring next-generation managed security services to global, multi-national businesses and government agencies. Under the terms of the agreement, Trustwave has become a global member of the Palo Alto Networks NextWave partner program to provide managed security services for the Palo Alto Networks security platform.
September 29, 2015
11:19 EDTIMPVAnalyst rolls out coverage of IT security stocks with mixed view
Research firm Stifel initiated coverage of IT security company Barracuda Networks (CUDA) with a Buy rating and started coverage of another company in the sector, Imperva (IMPV), with a Hold rating in notes to investors this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda is "an emerging leader" in the small and medium business security and storage sectors and it's poised to replace legacy systems in those markets, Stifel analyst Gur Talpaz wrote. The lower than expected billings reported by the company for the first quarter was "an aberration," according to Talpaz, who predicts its billings growth should accelerate in Q2. Unlike legacy threat management systems, Barracuda's products can be bought individually, on an "as needed" basis, by small and medium businesses, Talpaz explained. More importantly, Barracuda's products allow a single administrator to view the majority of the company's security infrastructure from any location, Talpaz noted. Additionally, Barracuda's storage solutions can be implemented using appliance, cloud or hybrid systems, according to Talpaz, who set a $36 price target on the shares. Imperva is "the clear leader" in the small but fast growing Web Application Firewall, or WAF, market, the analyst stated. However, many companies still don't view WAF systems as necessary, reasoning that they do not have that many Web applications, according to Talpaz. Moreover, competition in the market is intense, as network vendors such as F5 Networks (FFIV) and cloud vendors such as Akamai (AKAM) are competing in the relatively small space, the analyst stated. Talpaz expects Imperva to report strong Q3 results, but heading into 2016, he believes that the company's future profitability is "limited,"while its competitive end markets will create challenges and its valuation leaves little room for error. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Talpaz also initiated coverage of another company in the sector, Qualys (QLYS), with a Hold rating. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Barracuda slipped 1.2% to $24.33, Imperva dropped 3.6% to $63 and Qualys advanced 0.4% to $28.59.
10:00 EDTIMPVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:51 EDTIMPVImperva initiated with a Hold at Stifel
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September 28, 2015
07:38 EDTFEYEBox to hold a user conference
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTPANW, FTNT, FEYECybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
September 24, 2015
07:36 EDTFTNTFortinet checks positive, says Oppenheimer
After conducting checks on Fortinet, Oppenheimer says the checks indicate that the company's results could come in at least at the higher end of its guidance. The firm says that the company continues to benefit from a number of positive catalysts, including more large deals and increased demand for high-end products. The firm keeps a $55 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTPANW, FEYEChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
12:36 EDTSYMC, PANW, FTNT, IMPV, CHKP, FEYEGovernment cyber attack affects larger number of fingerprint data
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12:16 EDTFEYE, PANW, IMPVPiper says reseller event positive for Palo Alto, Imperva, CyberArk
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says his investor briefing with a large security reseller yielded positive feedback on Palo Alto (PANW), Imperva (IMPV) and CyberArk (CYBR). The reseller's customers' top spending priority is now inside threat protection, which bodes well for Imperva and CyberArk, Nowinski tells investors in a research note. Further, their growth with Palo Alto continues to ramp and should exceed 50% in 2016, the analyst adds. Nowinski found comments around FireEye (FEYE) "slightly more cautious" with some viewing the Mandiant service organization as competitive to their professional service offerings.
11:19 EDTFEYEApple security breach larger than first thought, Sky News says
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September 22, 2015
08:06 EDTCHKPCheck Point, AirWatch partner to secure mobile enterprise
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07:46 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Topeka
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September 21, 2015
09:05 EDTFTNTFortinet names Holly Rollo chief marketing officer
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09:04 EDTSYMCSymantec appoints Dan Rogers as Chief Marketing Officer
Symantec Corp. (SYMC) announced that it has appointed Dan Rogers to Chief Marketing Officer. Reporting to Symantec CEO Michael A. Brown, Rogers will oversee the company's marketing efforts, including brand awareness, digital marketing, demand generation and events. Since 2013, Rogers has been Chief Marketing Officer of the EMEA-region at Salesforce (CRM).
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