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July 22, 2014
13:25 EDTPANW, JNPREarnings Preview: Juniper sahres rise ahead of Q2 earnings report
Juniper Networks (JNPR) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Juniper Networks designs and sells network infrastructure solutions for service providers and enterprise customers. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 38c on revenue of $1.22B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 36c-39c on revenue of $1.20B-$1.24B. In its first quarter earnings release, the company said it sees Q2 adjusted EPS of 36c-39c on revenue of $1.2B-$1.23B, and both of those forecasts were in-line with estimates. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Juniper reported Q1 adjusted EPS of 29c which matched estimates and revenue of $1.17B against expectations for $1.15B. NEWS: Juniper announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Palo Alto Networks (PANW) which resolved patent litigation between the two companies. Under the terms of the settlement, Palo Alto Networks made one-time payment to Juniper Networks of $75M in cash and $100M in shares of common stock and warrants to purchase common stock. With this settlement, Juniper Networks and Palo Alto Networks planned to dismiss all patent litigation pending in Delaware and California. RESEARCH: After news that Juniper settled a patent litigation agreement with Palo Alto on May 29, UBS said Juniper's $175M settlement is a positive as it allows the company to focus on its IPO and deliver on profitability targets. The firm gave shares a Buy rating. Oppenheimer said the deal would enable Juniper to focus more intently on its Integrated Operating Plan and free up some of its resources. The firm thinks the deal will raise Juniper's EPS by about 1c per quarter. It keeps an Outperform rating on Juniper. Deutsche Bank and Janney Capital echoed positive opinions about the news. Mizuho downgraded Juniper to Neutral from Buy on June 19, but on June 30, Cantor said that it believes the company's Integrated Operating Plan has longer term implications. After the company's stock fell 15% from its 2014 peak, the firm feels that the shares can rebound significantly from current levels. It maintained a $32 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Since Juniper’s Q1 report, shares of the company fell 1.38%. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report, Juniper is up 2.2% to $24.99.
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December 18, 2014
10:19 EDTPANWSony 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.
December 14, 2014
13:58 EDTJNPRJuniper and Elliott in talks on board additions, WSJ says
According to a Wall Street Journal report from Friday evening, Juniper Networks and activist investor Elliott Management are in discussions about adding new directors to Juniper's board in a move that may prevent a proxy fight. Elliott management which owns a 9% stake in the telephone equipment maker has suggested certain candidates which Juniper is evaluating, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
December 11, 2014
12:02 EDTPANWPalo Alto to host special shareholder meeting
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10:51 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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December 10, 2014
08:16 EDTJNPR, PANWBarclays 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 EDTPANWIT security outlook remains positive, says Pacific Crest
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December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:22 EDTJNPRBMO Capital to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTJNPRJuniper initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush
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