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May 13, 2014
08:28 EDTPANW, VMW, NOW, PFPTSeveral 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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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 16, 2014
13:19 EDTVMWResearch firm sees Amazon spinning off AWS in 2015, CNBC reports
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05:16 EDTNOWServiceNow initiated with a Buy at Goldman
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December 15, 2014
10:25 EDTNOWServiceNow advances after analyst upgrades to Top Pick
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08:57 EDTPFPTProofpoint price target raised to $58 from $45 at Sterne Agee
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07:07 EDTNOWServiceNow upgraded at RBC Capital
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06:42 EDTNOWServiceNow upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital
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December 12, 2014
12:26 EDTVMWPiper Jaffray bearish, RBC bullish on VMware outlook
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10:01 EDTNOWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:26 EDTNOWServiceNow says pipeline has never looked better, says JMP Securities
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06:34 EDTVMWVMware resumed with an Underweight from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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December 11, 2014
16:26 EDTNOWServiceNow initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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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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07:58 EDTVMWVMware pullback creates attractive entry point, says RBC Capital
After meeting with VMware's management, RBC Capital continues to believe that the company has significant cross selling opportunities and can benefit from a $60B data center total available market. The firm believes that several of the company's markets could reach a positive turning point in 2015. RBC keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
December 10, 2014
10:00 EDTNOWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 3D Systems (DDD) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... AutoZone (AZO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... CSX (CSX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... CVS Health (CVS) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Dollar General (DG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Dynagas LNG (DLNG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Energy Focus (EFOI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... GasLog (GLOG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Golar LNG (GLNG) initiated with a Sell at ABN Amro... HII Technologies (HIIT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Hudbay Minerals (HBM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kansas City Southern (KSU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kroger (KR) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Lear (LEA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Lundin Mining (LUNMF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Norfolk Southern (NSC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PROS (PRO) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Qlik Technologies (QLIK)initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Rentokil (RTOKY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Revolution Lighting (RVLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Stratasys (SSYS) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Suburban Propane (SPH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Teekay LNG (TGP) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Tessera (TSRA) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Walgreen (WAG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Werner (WERN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura.
08:16 EDTNOW, 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 EDTPFPT, PANWIT security outlook remains positive, says Pacific Crest
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06:47 EDTNOWServiceNow initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Target $75.
December 8, 2014
07:28 EDTNOWFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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