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May 13, 2014
08:28 EDTPFPT, PANW, VMW, NOWSeveral security, infrastructure stocks attractive , says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest recommends buying shares of ServiceNow (NOW), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT, and VMware (VMW). The firm says that the stocks are down more than 25% on average from their recent highs, but their numbers continue to trend higher as their fundamentals remain strong. The firm remains upbeat on the security and infrastructure sector, and keeps Outperform ratings on all the stocks named.
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March 2, 2015
07:59 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Palo Alto March weekly call option implied volatility is at 83, April is at 45, June is at 39; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
07:38 EDTVMWJMP Securities to hold a conference
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February 27, 2015
16:29 EDTVMWEMC decides against spinning off stake in VMware, Reuters reports
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15:57 EDTVMWEMC decides against spinning off stake in VMware, Reuters reports
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11:26 EDTVMWVMware management to meet with UBS
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February 26, 2015
14:39 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility and share price increases into Q2 and outlook
Palo Alto March weekly call option implied volatility is at 63, April is at 42, June is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on March 2.
10:19 EDTNOWHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:48 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $150 from $130 at Oppenheimer
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05:47 EDTVMWAtos and EMC to further strengthen strategic alliance
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February 24, 2015
16:20 EDTVMWVMware appoints Bask Iyer as Chief Information Officer
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15:46 EDTVMWJuniper CIO leaving company for same role at VMware, Business Insider says
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10:28 EDTPFPT, PANWAnalyst sees 'massive' IT security upgrade cycle still in early innings
A number of trends are spurring businesses and the government to spend aggressively on cyber security offerings, benefiting companies in the IT security sector, wrote research firm FBR Capital in a note to investors today. In conjunction, the firm raised its price target on a number of stocks in the sector. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives believes that spending on advanced cyber security products has increased this quarter. The ongoing series of well-publicized cyber attacks on large companies is causing businesses to become more concerned about protecting themselves from this threat, according to Ive, who believes that advanced IT security products have "massive," once in a multi-decade growth potential. Data points indicate that enterprises are looking to buy more advanced firewall/cloud security solutions, while the sizes of purchases by customers in the space have increased. Meanwhile, given the high priority that the Obama administration has placed on cyber security, the federal government's spending on IT security is likely to rise in the coming quarters and years, Ives wrote. Forecasting a 20% increase in overall cyber security spending this year, the analyst believes that the following companies should benefit disproportionately from the positive trends, since they have "the right products at the right time:" Palo Alto (PANW), FireEye (FEYE), Proofpoint (PFPT), Check Point (CHKP), and Fortinet (FTNT). The analyst raised his price target on Fortinet to $39 from $36, on Palo Alto to $160 from $121, on Proofpoint to $67 from $60, and on Check Point to $93 from $85. He kept Outperform ratings on all the stocks named. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In its own note to investors, RBC Capital said it expects Palo Alto to report stronger than expected Q2 results, driven by "impressive" revenue and margin improvements. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $150 from $145 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION:In early trading, Palo Alto added 0.2% to $138.41, FireEye advanced 1.2% to $43.87, Proofpoint lost slipped fractionally to $56.55, Check Point rose 0.5% at $82.77, and Fortinet gained 1.3% to $33.76.
09:56 EDTVMWVMware large DoD contract likely to be delayed, says Nomura
Nomura said competitors have protested VMware's large Defense Information Systems Agency $1.6B over 5-year contract expected to have been awarded to the company by the end of March. The firm expects a delay in the ward and for the scope of the contract to be modified. Nomura said its unclear how much of the contract is incremental business vs. renewals and weather renewals will be delayed. Shares of VMware are Neutral rated with a $95 price target.
08:32 EDTPFPT, PANWFBR checks show strong cybersecurity deal momentum
FBR Capital raised its price targets in the next-generation cybersecurity space after its channel checks showed strong deal momentum so far in the March quarter. The firm believes the "massive upgrade cycle" for next-generation cybersecurity remains in the early days. It raised its price target for Fortinet (FTNT) to $39 from $36, for Palo Alto (PANW) to $160 from $121, for FireEye (FEYE) to $53 from $45, for Proofpoint (PFPT) to $67 from $60 and for Check Point (CHKP) to $93 from $85.
07:41 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:18 EDTPANWPalo Alto results likely to beat expectations, says RBC Capital
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February 23, 2015
10:15 EDTPFPT, PANWCyberArk sinks after JPMorgan analyst cuts rating to sell
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08:27 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $150 from $130 at Pacific Crest
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05:52 EDTPANWCyberArk downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Cyberark Software (CYBR) to Underweight, its sell-equivalent, saying "a lot needs to go right" to justify the current valuation. JPMorgan keeps a $42 price target for the stock, well below Friday's closing price of $70.35. It points out that CyberArk's valuation is in-line with Palo Alto Networks (PANW), despite the latter company's total addressable market being roughly five times larger in its estimation. Cyberark is an Israel-based security company offering protections against cyber attacks.
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