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February 7, 2014
12:26 EDTSYMC, CHKP, FEYE, BRCD, IMPVIT 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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November 24, 2015
10:29 EDTIMPV, FEYE, CHKP, SYMCPalo Alto seen adding confidence on IT security demand
The shares of IT security company Palo Alto (PANW) are rising after the company reported stronger than expected results last night. In a note to investors today, JPMorgan wrote that the results "should help restore investor confidence" in demand for IT security systems. WHAT'S NEW: Palo Alto reported first quarter earnings per share of 35c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 32c. The company's revenue came in at $297M, versus the consensus outlook of $284M. The IT security company provided roughly in-line Q2 EPS guidance, while its Q2 revenue guidance came in slightly above expectations. "Security remains a strategic consideration embedded in virtually every IT decision, (and) as a result, the demand environment remains very healthy, said Palo Alto CEO Mark McLaughlin. ANALYST REACTION: Palo Alto's results should boost investors' confidence in the IT security demand environment, wrote JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty. Palo Alto's results were "healthy" and the company's customer growth trends continue to be strong, the analyst stated. Moreover, the company is selling more of its products to each customer, Auty reported. As investors shift to valuing the company on cash flow, moving away from their current revenue based valuation method, the stock should rise, according to Auty, who kept a $216 price target and Overweight rating on the name. Palo Alto reported strong results, showing that the company is continuing to gain share in the new, fast growing next generation firewall and advanced threat detection market, according to Stephens analyst Jonathan Ruykhaver. Strong demand, good new products, and a wider distribution network will enable the company to deliver significant share gains and strong growth, believes the analyst, who increased his price target on the stock to $200 from $190. Also very upbeat on Palo Alto was Pacific Crest analyst Rob Owens. The company's growth continued to be "torrid" last quarter and it will clearly be among the winners in the IT security sector, wrote Owens, who raised his price target on the shares to $210 from $190 and kept an Overweight rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Barracuda (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Palo Alto climbed 7% to $184.22.
10:00 EDTBRCDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Drainage (WMS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Atlas Resource Partners (ARP) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Brocade (BRCD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Burberry (BURBY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... CNX Coal Resources (CNXC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Hatteras Financial (HTS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Infoblox (BLOX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Intrepid Potash (IPI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Vertical Research... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded on cash burn, weak cash flow at Stifel... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Pep Boys (PBY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Argus... Redwood Trust (RWT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Swatch Group (SWGAY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... TeleCommunication Systems (TSYS) downgraded to Market Perform at Northland.
09:24 EDTBRCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Baozun (BZUN), up 7.3%... Analog Devices (ADI), up 4.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Boulder Brands (BDBD), up 8.4% after Pinnacle Foods (PF) announced that it will acquire the company for $11.00 per share... Sunedison (SUNE), up 18% after the Economic Times reported that the company plans place 400MW of upcoming solar capacity on sale... Avon Products (AVP), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Valeant (VRX), up 2.1% after Pershing Square increases stake in the company to 9.9%... Xerox (XRX), up 2.3% after Carl Icahn reported a 7.13% stake in the company. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Signet Jewelers (SIG), down 6.2%... Tiffany (TIF), down 2.9%... Brocade Communications (BRCD), down 7.2%. ALSO LOWER: UniPixel (UNXL), down 44.6% after the company prices a common stock and warrant offering... U.S. Steel (X), down 4% after announcing that it will idle its Granite City Works operations.
05:35 EDTBRCDBrocade downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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November 23, 2015
20:08 EDTBRCDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Copart (CPRT), up 4.9%... Dycom (DY), up 4.6%... Palo Alto Networks (PANW), up 3.9%... Baozun (BZUN), up 6.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Xerox (XRX), up 6.7% after Carl Icahn reported a 7.13% stake in the company... Valeant (VRX), up 3.7% after Pershing Square increases stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals to 9.9%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Brocade (BRCD), down 5.5%... Ceres (CERE), down 10.3%... YY Inc. (YY), down 3.6%. ALSO LOWER: J.M. Smucker (SJM), down marginally after filing to sell 3.86M shares of common stock for holders.
16:11 EDTBRCDBrocade down 11% following Q4 results, guidance
16:09 EDTBRCDBrocade sees Q1 adjusted free cash flow $30M-$50M
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16:08 EDTBRCDBrocade sees Q1 adjusted EPS 23c-25c, consensus 26c
Sees Q1 revenue $550M-$570M, consensus $582.17M. Sees Q1 adjusted gross margin 67%-67.5%, adjusted operating margin 24%-25.5%.
16:06 EDTBRCDBrocade reports Q4 adjusted operating margin 25%, down 180 bps y/y
16:05 EDTBRCDBrocade reports Q4 adjusted EPS 26c, consensus 24c
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15:28 EDTBRCDNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Palo Alto (PANW), consensus 32c... Copart (CPRT), consensus 43c... Brocade (BRCD), consensus 24c... Post Holdings (POST), consensus 29c... YY (YY), consensus 82c... Dycom (DY), consensus $1.01... Cubic (CUB), consensus 96c... Enanta (ENTA), consensus 15c.
14:15 EDTBRCDBrocade technical comments ahead of earnings
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November 20, 2015
08:53 EDTBRCDBrocade volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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November 19, 2015
10:02 EDTFEYEFireEye November calls active on renewed takeover chatter
FireEye November calls 22.5 and 23 calls are active on total call volume of 7K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover chatter. November call option implied volatility 74, December is at 54; compared to its 52-week range of 37 to 78. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
November 18, 2015
09:34 EDTFEYEActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTCHKPCheck Point removed from US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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November 17, 2015
16:08 EDTFEYESynopsys notifies on unauthorized access to web portal
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11:35 EDTSYMCFinancing backing Carlyle's purchase of Symantec's Veritas pulled, Reuters says
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07:56 EDTFEYEUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
November 16, 2015
06:13 EDTFEYECyberArk CEO: Lack of data breaches won't hurt company, Bloomberg says
CyberArk (CYBR) is distancing itself from FireEye (FEYE), saying that the lack of security breaches won't hurt the company, Bloomberg reports, citing comments from CyberArk CEO Udi Mokady. FireEye blamed a lull in cyber attacks for its downbeat quarterly earnings, the report says. "That is totally not the case in our world," Mokady said by phone from San Francisco last week. "It's not our business model -- our model is to put in private account security ahead of time, and we're seeing increased demand, increased awareness of that." Reference Link
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