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March 19, 2014
12:21 EDTALLT, CSCO, BRCD, RDWR, JNPR, PKT, FFIVJuniper 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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October 5, 2015
06:32 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
October 2, 2015
15:14 EDTFFIVAs many as 4.6M Scottrade users' data exposed in breach, KrebsonSecurity says
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09:47 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a news conference
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09:36 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTCSCOCisco to participate in a conference call with Raymond James
John Brigden, Senior Vice President of Software Strategy & Operations at Cisco Systems, provides an outline of the company's software strategy, portfolio and benefits to customers on a conference call to be held on October 2 at 12 pm hosted by Raymond James. Webcast Link
September 30, 2015
10:33 EDTFFIVBattleground: 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.
08:08 EDTCSCOBroadSoft can be a 'significantly larger' company, says Jefferies
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08:04 EDTBRCDBrocade to host investor day
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08:01 EDTBRCDBrocade raises stock repurchase authorisation by $700M
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September 29, 2015
17:03 EDTCSCOGeneral Electric, Cisco collaborate to accelerate manufacturing productivity
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12:23 EDTCSCOCisco has a conference call hosted by Deutsche Bank
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11:19 EDTFFIVAnalyst 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.
08:37 EDTBRCDBrocade announces continued momentum for storage networking in China
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05:23 EDTJNPRJuniper to work with British Airways to build private cloud and next-gen core
Juniper (JNPR) announced it will work with global premium airline, British Airways (BAIRY), to build a private cloud data center and IP/MPLS core backbone using Juniper Networks technology. The new private cloud infrastructure will run many of the applications that underpin British Airways' operations, including ticketing, check-in and baggage tracking.
September 28, 2015
07:38 EDTCSCOBox to hold a user conference
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTCSCOCybersecurity 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 25, 2015
16:35 EDTCSCOStocks end week lower as biotechs sink, Volkswagen crashes
Stocks ended the week lower after concerns about drug prices were reignited, sinking biotech stocks, an emissions scandal engulfed Volkswagen (VLKAY), dragging down shares of automakers and their suppliers, and Caterpillar (CAT) announced that it may eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs in the next three years as commodity prices continue to slump. MACRO NEWS: Following the Federal Reserve's decision last week to wait before raising rates, the central bank made a concerted effort to give the market more clarity this week. Over last weekend, three Federal Reserve officials - San Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker - all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. Then, on Thursday night, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said during a speech at UMass Amherst that the central bank remains inclined to hike rates this year. Yellen's remarks were incrementally hawkish, but welcomed by the market, since they helped clarify the message the Fed delivered a week ago... In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. Durable goods orders for August declined 2.0%, versus expectations for a drop of 2.3%. When transportation items were removed, the core reading was breakeven, versus expectations for a rise of 0.1%. The third estimate of second quarter GDP showed the economy grew 3.9% quarter-over-quarter, versus expectations for the GDP growth estimate to stay at 3.7%. Personal consumption in Q2 is now believed to have grown 3.6%, up from the prior estimate of 3.1%. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for September came in at 87.2, which was down from August's 91.9 but above the expected 86.2 reading... The Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for China fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled new economic targets, including a goal for a 20% increase in the target size of the Japanese economy to 600T yen, though he gave no timeframe for achieving this aspiration... In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Biotech stocks declined after privately-held Turing Pharmaceuticals made headlines by enacting a 5,000% price increase on its treatment for toxoplasmosis, reigniting a debate around drug prices that previously embroiled costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent the debate to center stage by criticizing the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs and laying out a plan to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market. The NASDAQ Biotechnology index fell roughly xxx% for the week amid the attention paid to Turing's drug and Clinton's response... Volkswagen (VLKAY) shares trading in New York fell sharply to begin the week and ended the week far from where they'd been last Friday before the EPA said it found manipulations that violate U.S. environmental standards while testing certain of the automaker's diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters. In the wake of the scandal, Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn resigned, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and selecting Matthias Mueller, the former head of Porsche (POAHY), as Winterkorn's successor as the company's new CEO... Caterpillar (CAT) shares dropped after the heavy machinery maker announced plans for job cuts and lowered its revenue guidance for this year and next. Caterpillar said that it would lay off 4,000-5,000 of its employees between now and the end of 2016 and could lay off up to 10,000 employees by 2018. Caterpillar cut its fiscal year 2015 revenue forecast by $1B and said its sees its fiscal year 2016 revenue to be 5% below this year, adding that it expects revenue declines in all three large segments next year... Online and mobile deal provider Groupon (GRPN) said it plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... Nike jumped after the athletic gear giant reported better than expected earnings and futures orders, prompting numerous price target hikes and at least one upgrade at Street research firms. Among other companies reporting earnings this week, BlackBerry (BBRY), ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell immediately following their quarterly reports... Apple (AAPL), which has previously been reported to be working on an electric car via its "Project Titan," is speeding up those efforts and setting 2019 as a target to ship its first vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in in the Asian nation, while Cisco (CSCO) announced a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... GoPro (GPRO) finished the week about xxx% lower after Barron's contended in a feature article last weekend that the company's stock could plunge another 30% to $25 as Apple, Sony (SNE) and others pressure the company's "one-hit wonder" products... On the M&A front, Atmel (ATML) agreed to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at roughly $4.6B and Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement with Colony American Homes. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 0.43% to close at 16,314.67, the S&P 500 fell about 1.35% to close at 1,931.34, and the Nasdaq declined about 2.89% to close at 4,686.50.
10:00 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Atlas Air (AAWW) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Emerge Energy (EMES) downgraded after guidance withdrawal at Stifel... Exxon Mobil (XOM) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Internap (INAP) downgraded on earnings miss, negative outlook at Oppenheimer... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Superconductor Technologies (SCON) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Virgin America (VA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
08:19 EDTCSCOCisco weakness creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
After meeting with Cisco's CEO, Bernstein says that the company continues to perform in-line with the firm's upbeat outlook. Bernstein says that beairsh views on the company's SDN and Hyperscale businesses "continue to be proved wrong." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:01 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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