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April 14, 2014
12:11 EDTPANW, CUDA, FEYE, SYMC, QLYSPalo 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.
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October 9, 2014
18:05 EDTCUDABarracuda Networks sees Q3 adjusted EPS 4c-5c, may not compare to consensus 3c
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16:14 EDTSYMCSymantec to resume trading at 4:20 pm ET after confirming split plans
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16:12 EDTCUDABarracuda Networks reports Q2 adjusted EPS 8c, consensus 4c
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16:05 EDTSYMCSymantec plans to separate into two public companies
Symantec announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to separate the company into two, independent publicly traded companies: one business focused on security and one business focused on information management. The transaction is intended to take the form of a tax-free distribution to Symantec shareholders of 100% of the IM business in a new, independent, publicly traded stock. The expected stock distribution ratio will be determined at a future date. The company expects to complete the spinoff by the end of December 2015. The company expects to incur separation and restructuring charges through the completion of the transaction as it works to separate the two businesses. "Symantecís decision to pursue a separation follows an extensive business review of the companyís strategy and operational structure. Creating two standalone businesses will allow each entity to maximize its respective growth opportunities and drive greater shareholder value," the company stated. The security business generated revenue of $4.2B in FY14. The IM business generated revenue of $2.5B in FY14. Michael Brown will be the President and CEO of Symantec and Thomas Seifert will continue to serve as CFO. John Gannon will be General Manager of the new information management business and Don Rath will be its acting CFO.
16:03 EDTSYMCSymantec affirms Q2 guidance provided in August
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16:01 EDTSYMCSymantec plans to separate into two public companies
16:00 EDTSYMCSymantec trading halted, pending news
15:24 EDTCUDANotable companies reporting after market close
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15:20 EDTCUDABarracuda Networks technical comments before results
The shares have sharply underperformed in the prior three months, trading down by over 20%. At the current price of $26.41 the stock is close to the lows of its range over the period, with the trend down but more recently in a consolidation phase. A key level to watch on news that exceeds low expectations would be at $24. That has been major support during the sideways move since early September. It has also been an area of significance over the year, forming a consistently tradeable bottom. A break therefore would be bearish, putting the stock on a path not seen since its IPO. Support below would be at $22 and then at $20.13. If news is sufficiently better than expectations, a bounce would be likely given past history. Resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $28.56, $29.44, and $32.27.
06:40 EDTSYMC, FEYE, PANW, QLYS, CUDASource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
October 8, 2014
12:12 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Canada on October 14 hosted by Oppenheimer.
09:20 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:58 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $120 from $105 at Pacific Crest
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07:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto has positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
After meeting with Palo Alto's management, Wells Fargo thinks the company's new endpoint security product could increase its long-term revenue growth by five or six percentage points. The firm expects the company's product revenue to be boosted by an existing customer refresh cycle in 2015, and Wells is confident in the company's service revenue outlook. It raised its price target on the name to $112-$129 from $113-$120 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:27 EDTSYMCSymantec volatility flat, in advanced talks to split company in two, report
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05:46 EDTSYMCSymantec in advanced talks to split company in two, Bloomberg reports
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October 7, 2014
09:14 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:46 EDTFEYEFireEye announces targeted attack protection for Apple platform
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07:26 EDTFEYEMandiant to hold a conference
5th Annual MIRcon 2014 is being held in Washington, D.C. on October 7-8.
05:18 EDTFEYEFireEye, SingTel announce strategic partnership in Asia Pacific
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