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March 1, 2013
11:56 EDTQCOR, PANW, DDD, MELI, MNSTOptions with decreasing implied volatility: MNST DDD QCOR MELI PANW
News For MNST;DDD;QCOR;MELI;PANW From The Last 14 Days
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February 10, 2016
10:35 EDTPANWFireEye, Palo Alto surge after upbeat analyst notes, Akamai results
The shares of IT security companies Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and FireEye (FEYE) are rallying after Wells Fargo issued an upbeat note on Palo Alto and research firm BTIG upgraded FireEye. Additionally, Akamai (AKAM) reported that the revenue generated by its cloud security business surged nearly 50% year-over-year last quarter. FIREEYE UPGRADE: BTIG analyst Joel Fishbein, Jr. upgraded FireEye to Buy from Neutral, saying that the company will soon show better revenue visibility, report positive cash flow and implement tighter cost controls. Those attributes are what investors are looking for from the company, the analyst stated. FireEye can meet its guidance of generating positive free cash flow growth this year by achieving its billing guidance and maintaining the cost discipline and operating leverage it delivered last year, Fishbein predicted. Moreover, FireEye is shifting from a "growth at all costs" mentality" to a "cash generation with reasonable growth" approach, the analyst stated. He believes that the stock has reached a favorable entry point, and placed a $15 price target on the shares. POSITIVE ON PALO ALTO: After speaking with sources in the IT security sector, Wells Fargo believes that Palo Alto's existing customers are in the early stages of buying the company's newer products. Resellers indicated that the sales of Palo Alto's products were either at or above expectations and they said that its pipeline remains strong, Wells reported. Furthermore, the firm thinks the company will continue to gain share against other IT security vendors going forward, as large organizations look to buy more of their products from one vendor. Palo Alto's risk/reward ratio is "compelling" for longer term investors, Wells stated. The firm reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock. AKAMAI: Meanwhile, Akamai posted better than expected fourth quarter results last night, including the report that the revenue generated by its cloud security unit jumped 46% last quarter versus the same period a year earlier, to $73M. B. Riley analyst Sameet Sinha upgraded Akamai Technologies to Buy and raised his price target for the shares to $60 from $54 following the company's Q4 results, while Craig-Hallum analyst Ryan Notvest upgraded Akamai to Buy and increased his price target to $53 from $48. Notvest particularly pointed to its strong Performance and Security Solutions results, while noting the company has substantially reduced expectations from its two largest customers, has put in place a $1B buyback, and the CEO said he has intentions to buy $10M worth of Akamai shares in the open market. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Palo Alto jumped 6.4% to $125.63, FireEye surged 8.5% to $13 and Akamai jumped 23.5% to $48.90.
07:54 EDTPANWPalo Alto checks positive, says Wells Fargo
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February 8, 2016
10:26 EDTPANWOptions with increasing implied volatility
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February 5, 2016
14:06 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility increases as shares trend to two-year low
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February 4, 2016
19:30 EDTPANWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), up 18.3%... Symantec (SYMC), up 9.3%... Hartford Financial (HIG), up 7.4%... Post Holdings (POST), up 6.3%... Lumentum (LITE), up 4.7%... TTM Technologies (TTMI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Multi-Fineline (MFLX), up 40% after agreeing to be acquired for $23.95 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tableau Software (DATA), down 35.2%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 29%... Giga-tronics (GIGA), down 28.6%... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 11.4%... YRC Worldwide (YRCW), down 18.8%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 14.2%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down 9.9%... Qorvo (QRVO), down 1.3%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Hess (HES), down 6.7% after filing to sell 25M common shares and 10M depositary shares... Splunk (SPLK) is down 10.4%, Qlik Technologies (QLIK) is down 11.4%, Workday (WDAY) is down 6.2%, and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) is down 3% after Tableau Software reported quarterly results... Groupon (GRPN) is down 1.9%, Netflix (NFLX) is down 1.7%, Twitter (TWTR) is down 1.7%, and Facebook (FB) is down 1% are down after LinkedIn reported quarterly results.
February 3, 2016
11:37 EDTMELIOptions with increasing put volume; PSX CDNS DF WDR MELI MAS NOV WSM DB
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10:00 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Capella Education (CPLA) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... DeVry (DV) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Gilead (GILD) initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research... Grand Canyon (LOPE) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Hannon Armstrong (HASI) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Houghton Mifflin (HMHC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Mediaset (MDIUY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Palo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Strayer (STRA) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Sell at Berenberg... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... bluebird bio (BLUE) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink.
08:59 EDTPANWPalo Alto initiated with a Buy at Maxim
Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi started Palto Alto Networks with a Buy rating and $214 price target.
February 1, 2016
11:18 EDTMNSTWells Fargo, Citron take sides in Monster Beverage debate
Monster Beverage (MNST) is rising slightly in the down market after Wells Fargo upgraded the stock, saying that the shares have reached a compelling entry point while Monster's convenience store sales appear to have accelerated. UPGRADE: The recent weakness in Monster's stock has created a "compelling entry point," according to Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog, who upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform. Moreover, Wells Fargo's survey of beverage retailers suggests that the company's sales at convenience stores rose 10% last quarter, up from 7% in Q3. Additionally, the survey found that the quality of Monster's distribution operation had greatly improved in recent months. As a result, Herzog wrote that the issues caused by the company's transition to using Coca-Cola's (KO) distribution system had been "largely resolved." Monster's earnings growth should accelerate over the next five years as it penetrates new overseas markets, including China, the analyst contended. There are "numerous scenarios" that would enable the beverage maker to beat earnings expectations going forward, Herzog believes. In addition to international expansion, the company could benefit from accelerated share buybacks, a reduced tax rate and "major innovations" in beverages outside of its core energy business, according to Herzog. She raised her price target on the shares to $159-$161 from $139-$141. SHORT REPORT: On January 29, short-selling research firm Citron wrote that Monster's "valuation..is completely removed from reality." Over the past five years, Monster's stock has surged 500%, even though its revenue has only increased 90%, the firm stated. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola's 2014 purchase of a stake in Monster will prevent the latter company from being acquired, as Coke is not interested in buying Monster, Citron contended. In China, Monster will have to cope with high start-up costs, tough competition and lower margins, Citron warned. Furthermore, the company's new products cannibalize its existing drinks, Citron believes. Also on January 29, the small Eastern European country of Latvia decided to ban sales of energy drinks to minors. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Monster climbed 2% to $137.73. The stock dipped about 1.6% on Friday.
10:00 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
06:14 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog upgraded Monster Beverage to Outperform saying the recent pullback in the shares provides a "compelling" entry point. The analyst points out her firm's recent beverage survey indicates Monster's U.S. distribution issues have largely been resolved and that the company's earnings are poised to reaccelerate in 2016 and beyond. Herzog raised her price target for Monster shares to $159-$161 from $139-$141. The energy drink maker closed Friday down $2.17 to $135.03 after Citron Research posted a cautious report on the company.
January 29, 2016
12:50 EDTMNSTOptions with increasing put volume
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12:45 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage puts active on Citron sees shares hitting $80 in near term
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12:24 EDTMNSTCitron sees Monster Beverage shares hitting $80 in near term
Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) are likely to hit $80 in the near term, Citron Research writes in a new research report on the energy drink maker. The short-selling research firm says valuing Monster versus Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) results in 48% downside for the stock. "For the sake of the benefit of the doubt we used the post GMCR takeout value as a benchmark to get to $80 a share for Monster," Citron states. Monster shares are down $7.15, or 5%, to $130.05 in midday trading. Reference Link
12:18 EDTMNSTCitron puts $80 price target on Monster Beverage
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11:14 EDTMNSTLatvia to ban energy drink sales to minors, Nutra Ingredients reports
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11:12 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage weakness an overrreaction, says Stifel
Stifel said Monster is underperforming on concerns that a ban on energy drink sales to those under 18 years of age in Latvia could spread to other countries. Stifel said the concerns are a considerable overreaction, creating a buying opportunity. The firm's analyst said Latvia is barely a rounding error of the global energy drink market, and likely less than 0.1% of Monster's sales.
10:56 EDTPANWIT security stocks rise after Fortinet meets expectations
The shares of a number of IT security companies are rising after one of the companies in the sector, Fortinet (FTNT), reported in-line fourth quarter results last night. JPMorgan and RBC Capital were upbeat on the company's outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Fortinet reported Q4 EPS of 18c, in line with analysts' consensus outlook. The company's revenue was also in-line with the consensus outlook, while its billings jumped 35% versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, Fortinet's fiscal 2016 guidance also came in near consensus estimates. ANALYST REACTION: Fortinet's results show that it is gaining market share, especially overseas and among U.S. small and medium businesses, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty stated. Additionally, the company's margins look set to reach about 15% in fiscal 2016, up from 13% the previous year, and its free cash flow should jump 33% in fiscal 2016, the analyst predicted. He kept a $54 price target and Overweight rating on the shares, saying the quarter should bring a "welcomed lift" following the recent selloff in shares. Fortinet's guidance suggests that it will have more leverage than expected in fiscal 2016, but its outlook is also "somewhat conservative," RBC Capital analyst Dan Bergstrom wrote. Fortinet's stock is relatively cheap versus its peers and its historical norms, the analyst believes. However, he kept a $32 price target and Sector Perform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday morning IT security company Check Point (CHKP) reported stronger than expected Q4 results and provided in-line fiscal 2016 EPS guidance, excluding certain items. Last night IT security company Proofpoint (PFPT) reported in-line Q4 results but provided lower than expected fiscal 2016 EPS guidance. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Fortinet climbed 6% to $28. Other IT security companies also advanced, with Palo Alto (PANW) surging 7.5%, Barracuda (CUDA) gaining 2.5% to $10.60, FireEye (FEYE) rising 1.5% to $14, Check Point adding 1% to $77.70 and Symantec (SYMC) rising 1.2% to $129.75.
10:16 EDTMNSTOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB W CERS RAD CRM GILD MNST
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07:03 EDTPANWProofpoint results suggest demand remains strong, says Piper Jaffray
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