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February 7, 2014
12:26 EDTCHKP, FEYE, BRCD, IMPV, SYMCIT security names climb after Imperva revenue beats expectations
A number of IT security stocks are rising after one of the companies in the sector, Imperva (IMPV), reported higher than expected fourth quarter revenue. WHAT'S NEW: Imperva, which provides data security products, reported fourth quarter revenue of $42.7 million, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $41.61M. The company's earnings per share, however, came in at 6c, versus the consensus estimate of 11c. Imperva noted that it had continued to accelerate its investments in sales and marketing support, as well as product development infrastructure during the quarter, in order to take advantage of global demand for its products. Imperva said that it had added 237 new customers last quarter, up from 199 during the same period a year earlier. "Customer demand remains solid across all geographies, and our overall bookings growth once again outpaced revenue growth as our investment in sales and marketing infrastructure continues to pay off," said Imperva CEO Shlomo Kramer. Imperva's fiscal 2014 revenue guidance came in above expectations, but its EPS outlook was well below the consensus outlook. The company said that its forecast for a significant fiscal 2014 operating loss reflects expenses from recent acquisitions, as well as ongoing investments in R&D, sales and marketing. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Imperva surged 7.9% to $59.65. Other IT security companies also advanced, with FireEye (FEYE) rising 6.3% to $70.50, Symantec (SYMC) gaining 1.5% to $20.80, Barracuda (BRCD) gaining 2% to $31.20, and Check Point (CHKP) adding 0.7% to $64.70.
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December 19, 2014
11:19 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; FEYE RSX
FireEye (FEYE) June 40 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 51, Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) May 19 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 45 according to IVolatility.
December 18, 2014
10:19 EDTCHKP, FEYESony hack fallout highlights value of IT security spending, analyst says
The hacking of Sony's (SNE) Sony Pictures unit shows that spending more on IT security is worthwhile for companies, Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Sony has decided not release the film "The Interview" as planned on December 25, due several theater chains' plans to not show the movie amid threats, CNBC reported. The New York Times said American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures. Sony's experience shows that being hacked is much more costly than spending on IT security, Powell stated. After being hacked, Sony has had to cancel the release of its film "The Interview," which it spent $ 42M to make, and it will have to spend more money on fixing the security breach and defending itself against lawsuits triggered by the incident, the analyst stated. Additionally, the company's brand has been damaged, Powell believes. By contrast, Sony spends just $20M per year on IT security, the analyst roughly estimated. Incidents like the hacking of Sony will cause companies to spend a higher percentage of their budgets on IT security next year, according to Powell. He kept Outperform ratings on IT security companies Check Point (CHKP), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Palo Alto (PANW), and Proofpoint (PFPT). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at B. Riley said IMAX (IMAX) and RealD (RLD) could benefit from Sony's cancellation of "The Interview" due to the demand shift towards their respective film slates. The analyst believes both IMAX and RealD could generate an incremental 1c in EPS during the period. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, FireEye jumped 5% to $30, Palo Alto advanced 3.2% to $123.87, Proofpoint gained 2% to $47.87 and Check Point climbed 1.4% to $78.16.
06:05 EDTFEYEFireEye implied volatility of 55 at lower end of index mean range
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December 17, 2014
10:02 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTCHKPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Aaron's (AAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Dakota Plains Holdings (DAKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... SunCoke Energy (SXC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Motorola Solutions (MSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Approach Resources (AREX) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial.
07:08 EDTIMPVImperva upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:51 EDTCHKPCheck Point upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:09 EDTFEYEFireEye implied volatility of 55 at lower end of index mean range
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05:40 EDTSYMCSymantec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded Symantec to Market Perform citing valuation as it believes upside from the company's business split is largely reflected in shares at current levels.
December 10, 2014
08:16 EDTFEYEBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
08:12 EDTIMPVIT security outlook remains positive, says Pacific Crest
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December 9, 2014
06:08 EDTFEYEFireEye announces partnership with Deutsche Telekom
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December 8, 2014
12:43 EDTBRCDBrocade management to meet with JMP Securities
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 11 hosted by JMP Securities.
09:54 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active on renewed takeover chatter
FireEye December 31 and January 33 calls are active on 6300 contracts (800 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. December weekly call option implied volatility is at 67, December is at 53 compared to its 26-week average of 57 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
09:40 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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07:28 EDTFEYEFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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