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March 19, 2014
12:21 EDTBRCD, RDWR, JNPR, PKT, FFIV, ALLT, CSCOJuniper climbs following Wells Fargo upgrade
Shares of Juniper (JNPR) are rising after Wells Fargo upgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. Juniper offers routing and switching products that are used to control and direct network traffic and sells solutions to protect the users, applications and data on customers' networks. WHAT'S NEW: After meeting with Juniper's new CEO, Wells Fargo analyst Jess Lubert is more confident that the company is well-positioned to capitalize on what he sees as likely strong spending by carriers this year. Juniper's benefits from strong carrier spending should offset challenges the company could face as it makes changes to capitalize on opportunities presented by cloud and data center trends, Lubert contended. Meanwhile, Juniper is on track to meet its goal of cutting costs and returning a minimum of $3B to shareholders over the next three years through share repurchases and dividends, the analyst believes. As Juniper makes progress towards meeting those goals, its stock could increase significantly, Lubert forecast. The analyst finds Juniper's valuation attractive and upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform while increasing his price target range on the stock to $30-$32 from $28-$30. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that develop solutions for networks include Cisco (CSCO), F5 Networks (FFIV), Radware (RDWR), Allott Communications (ALLT), Procera (PKT), and Brocade (BRCD). PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Juniper rose 59c, or 2.3%, to $26.50.
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November 24, 2015
10:29 EDTFFIVPalo 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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08:04 EDTCSCOCisco announces intent to acquire Acano for $700M in cash, assumed equity awards
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08:03 EDTCSCOCisco announces intent to acquire Acano for $700M in cash, assumed equity awards
06:13 EDTCSCOTechnicolor completes $600M Cisco Connected Devices acquisition
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November 19, 2015
05:54 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
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November 18, 2015
07:59 EDTCSCOUBS to hold a conference
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November 17, 2015
16:01 EDTCSCOOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
November 16, 2015
05:26 EDTCSCOEricsson CEO says no talks with Cisco about merger or acquisition
Ericsson (ERIC) has noted the recent speculation in the press and financial markets regarding an interest by Cisco (CSCO) to acquire Ericsson. On November 9, the two companies announced a global business and technology partnership to create the networks of the future. The partnership announcement was supported by multiple agreements that include commitments to network transformation through reference architectures and joint development, systems-based management and control, a broad reseller agreement, and collaboration in key emerging market segments. President, CEO and member of the board, Hans Vestberg says: "We note that there are rumors in the market regarding an acquisition of Ericsson by Cisco possibly spurred by the recent announcement of a partnership between our two companies. The talks leading up to the partnership announcement have been ongoing for a year and there have not been any discussions whatsoever on a merger or an acquisition."
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