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April 14, 2014
12:11 EDTFEYE, QLYS, CUDA, SYMC, PANWPalo Alto jumps after two analysts raise their ratings
Shares of IT security company Palo Alto (PANW) are climbing after two research firms upgraded the stock in separate notes to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After meeting with Palo Alto, Stephens analyst Jonathan Ruykhaver wrote that he is more confident that the company is well-positioned to gain additional market share. The company's "strong" new products and its growing distribution infrastructure, along with its acquisition of Cyvera, should help it take share from its competitors, the analyst contended. Palo Alto's comprehensive security solutions for organizations should be appealing and enable the company to generate robust growth, wrote the analyst, who upgraded the stock to Overweight from Equal Weight and raised his price target on the shares to $85 from $75. Barclays analyst Raimo Lenschow also upgraded the stock, saying that the company's fundamentals are solid, while underlying trends in the IT security market appear to be improving. Lenschow upgraded the stock to Overweight from Equal Weight and kept a $78 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Palo Alto jumped 6% to $68.17. Other IT security companies, whose shares have been weak in recent sessions, also rose, as Barracuda Networks (CUDA) gained 2% to $28.40, Fireeye (FEYE) advanced 3.5% to $49.01, Symantec (SYMC) added 2% to $20.42, and Qualys (QLYS) gained 3% to $22.05.
News For PANW;CUDA;FEYE;SYMC;QLYS From The Last 14 Days
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September 29, 2015
16:28 EDTCUDABarracuda says now has more than 261K subscribers
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16:26 EDTCUDABarracuda signs definitive agreement to acquire Intronis
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16:24 EDTCUDABarracuda reports Q2 gross billings $98.4M
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16:23 EDTCUDABarracuda reports Q2 EPS 10c, consensus 9c
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15:15 EDTCUDANotable companies reporting after market close
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11:19 EDTCUDA, QLYSAnalyst 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.
10:00 EDTQLYS, CUDAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:51 EDTCUDABarracuda initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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06:51 EDTQLYSQualys initiated with a Hold at Stifel
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September 28, 2015
13:33 EDTCUDABarracuda volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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07:38 EDTFEYEBox to hold a user conference
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTPANW, FEYECybersecurity 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 24, 2015
10:01 EDTQLYSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 8point3 Energy (CAFD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Avondale... AEGON (AEG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Citi ups Ralph Lauren (RL) to Buy on valuation, cost savings... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... L'Oreal (LRLCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Marriott (MAR) upgraded on historical performance, growth outlook at SunTrust... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Qualys (QLYS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded on better than expected transaction at SunTrust.
06:17 EDTQLYSQualys upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Qualys to Neutral and maintained its $31 price target citing valuation.
September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTPANW, FEYEChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
12:36 EDTSYMC, FEYE, CUDA, QLYS, PANWGovernment cyber attack affects larger number of fingerprint data
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12:16 EDTPANW, FEYEPiper says reseller event positive for Palo Alto, Imperva, CyberArk
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says his investor briefing with a large security reseller yielded positive feedback on Palo Alto (PANW), Imperva (IMPV) and CyberArk (CYBR). The reseller's customers' top spending priority is now inside threat protection, which bodes well for Imperva and CyberArk, Nowinski tells investors in a research note. Further, their growth with Palo Alto continues to ramp and should exceed 50% in 2016, the analyst adds. Nowinski found comments around FireEye (FEYE) "slightly more cautious" with some viewing the Mandiant service organization as competitive to their professional service offerings.
11:19 EDTFEYEApple security breach larger than first thought, Sky News says
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September 22, 2015
07:46 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Topeka
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September 21, 2015
09:04 EDTSYMCSymantec appoints Dan Rogers as Chief Marketing Officer
Symantec Corp. (SYMC) announced that it has appointed Dan Rogers to Chief Marketing Officer. Reporting to Symantec CEO Michael A. Brown, Rogers will oversee the company's marketing efforts, including brand awareness, digital marketing, demand generation and events. Since 2013, Rogers has been Chief Marketing Officer of the EMEA-region at Salesforce (CRM).
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