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January 31, 2013
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July 23, 2014
16:49 EDTFTNTFortinet sees FY14 EPS 47c-48c, consensus 50c
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16:42 EDTFTNTFortinet sees Q3 EPS 11c, consensus 13c
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16:32 EDTFTNTFortinet reports Q2 adjusted EPS 11c, consensus 10c
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16:03 EDTCRUSCirrus Logic sees Q2 revenue $175M-$195M, consensus $185.86M
Sees Q2 gross margin 47%-49%. The company said, “We are pleased with our Q1 financial results as we experienced strong demand for our custom and general market portable audio products across our customer base. With a robust pipeline of innovative products and the pending acquisition of Wolfson, we are strengthening the company’s position as a market leader in audio with a comprehensive product portfolio, differentiated software capabilities and a top-tier customer base.” The company expects to close its Wolfson Microelectronics acquisition in the September quarter.
16:01 EDTCRUSCirrus Logic reports Q1 adjusted EPS 37c, consensus 30c
Reports Q1 revenue $152.6M, consensus $148.03M. Reports Q1 gross margin of 49%.
13:28 EDTFTNTCheck Point advances after results beat expectations
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12:57 EDTFTNTCheck Point Q2 results, guidance solid, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that Check Point (CHK) reported solid Q2 results and provided solid guidance, as its large deal metrics were particularly strong, according to Wells. The firm thinks the results show that spending trends in cyber security remain strong, boding well for cyber security companies Palo Alto (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE). Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Check Point.
11:08 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks
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09:02 EDTFIOSanDisk completes acquisition of Fusion-io
SanDisk Corporation (SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Fusion-io (FIO), a developer of flash-based PCIe hardware and software solutions that enhance application performance in enterprise and hyperscale datacenters. Under the terms of the agreement, SanDisk completed the acquisition for $11.25 per share for the outstanding shares of Fusion-io, and assumed unvested, in-the-money equity awards, for a total aggregate value of approximately $1.1B, net of cash assumed. SanDisk’s third quarter financial results will include the results of Fusion-io from July 23, 2014 through September 28, 2014. SanDisk expects to exclusively use non-captive memory for the Fusion-io business for at least the next several quarters.
July 17, 2014
12:15 EDTFIOSanDisk plummets after Q3 revenue outlook disappoints
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07:10 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals begins Phase 2 study of candidate for high lipoprotein(a)
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July 16, 2014
17:48 EDTFIOSanDisk says expects to be 'somewhat supply constrained' in 2H14
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13:44 EDTFIOEarnings Preview: Stifel sees SanDisk results, guidance topping expectations
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13:06 EDTFTNTIT security stocks advance after upbeat Goldman note
Shares of a number of IT security stocks are rallying after Goldman Sachs wrote that it was upbeat on the sector in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Niknam assumed coverage of the Security Software sector with an Attractive rating. Cyber threats have become larger and more costly, so many companies are increasing the amount of money they spend on IT security, Niknam wrote. Spending on security is increasing by the highest rate since 2010, the analyst estimated. Companies in the sector should see their free cash flow growth accelerate, while cash rich tech companies could become interested in carrying out M&A transactions with security vendors, the analyst predicted. Additionally, more mature companies in the sector should be able to buy back more of their shares going forward, Niknam believes. He identified Palo Alto (PANW) as his top pick in the space, as he believes that the company provides "the most unique blend of disruptive long-term growth and accelerating profitability." The company is poised to gain additional market share, while its growth going forward should beat expectations, Niknam stated. He raised his price target on the shares to $97 from $91 and kept a Conviction List-Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, the analyst upgraded another stock in the sector, FireEye (FEYE), to Buy from Neutral after assuming coverage of the shares. The company's status as the market leader in fighting Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs, leaves it well-positioned in the current market, he contended. An IT survey indicates that most respondents plan to increase their APT-related spending, and 59% of the respondents say they plan to spend more money on solutions from a new vendor, Niknam reported. Furthermore, FireEye's revenue growth likely accelerated in Q2 and its revenue should beat expectations in 2014 and 2015, while the company's free cash flow should come in above consensus levels next year, Niknam predicted. FireEye may eventually be acquired by another company, according to Niknam, who raised his price target on the shares to $42 from $36. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Niknam initiated coverage of Proofpoint (PFPT) with a Buy rating as he predicted that the company's growth and free cash flow would beat expectations in the near-term and he believes that the company could also become a takeover target. The analyst started coverage of Fortinet (FTNT) with a Neutral rating. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Palo Alto climbed 3% to $78.36, FireEye rose 3.5% to $34.99, Proofpoint climbed 3.6% to $34.46, and Fortinet rose 1% to $24.24.
10:24 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks:
High option volume stocks: AMSC FTNT LYG TSEM FOXA HCA BKE XON LCI ASML
10:00 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
08:03 EDTFIOSanDisk announces expiration of HSR waiting period for Fusion-io purchase
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07:14 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals earns $1M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline
Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) has earned a $1M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) related to the advancement of the Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTRRx in patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy. ISIS-TTRRx is an antisense drug in development with GSK for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis, a severe and rare genetic disease characterized by progressive dysfunction of peripheral nerve and/or heart tissues. Including this milestone payment, Isis has generated $27M in upfront and milestone payments for advancing ISIS-TTRRx. If GSK elects to exercise its option to exclusively license the ISIS-TTRRx program, Isis is eligible to receive a license fee, regulatory and sales milestone payments and double-digit royalties on sales of ISIS-TTRRx.
05:47 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
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July 15, 2014
09:02 EDTTPXTempur Sealy announces agreement with the PGA TOUR
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