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April 14, 2014
12:11 EDTSYMC, PANW, FEYE, QLYS, CUDAPalo 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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April 21, 2015
07:06 EDTFEYERe/Code to hold a conference
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April 20, 2015
16:32 EDTPANWPalo Alto re-initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
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12:35 EDTFEYE, PANWCybersecurity stocks rally after Raytheon announces joint venture
The shares of cybersecurity companies are rising after Raytheon (RTN), a major defense contractor, announced that it was forming a cybersecuity joint venture with a company in the sector, Websense. Raytheon will acquire control of Websense as part of the deal. WHAT'S NEW: Raytheon announced that it had agreed to form a joint venture with Websense, which is owned by Vista Equity Partners. Under the deal, Websense will combine with Raytheon Cyber Products, a business unit of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services segment. Raytheon will pay about $1.57B for an 80.3% stake in the joint venture. Additionally, Raytheon will pay $1.9B, net of cash acquired, to buy Websense. Of the $1.9B, $600M will be in the form of an intercompany loan to the joint venture. The combined company will be treated as a separate business segment of Raytheon, the defense contractor stated. John McCormack, the CEO of Websense, will be the CEO of the unit. The deal is expected to close next quarter. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Sam Pearlstein wrote that the deal will raise Raytheon's non-GAAP, 2015 adjusted earnings per share by about 6c. However, the transaction will lower Raytheon's EPS on a GAAP basis for 2015 by 48c, driven by amortization of intangibles, deferred revenue, and one-time costs, according to Pearlstein. The analyst kept an Outperform rating on Raytheon shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cybersecurity company Check Point (CHKP) reported stronger than expected first quarter results today. Its Q2 guidance was roughly in-line with analysts' consensus estimates at the midpoints of the ranges given for earnings and revenue. Additionally, Check Point announced a partnership with another cybersecurity company, FireEye (FEYE). The companies said they would share threat intelligence to protect customers from modern advanced attacks. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading,Check Point jumped 5.4% to $86.14, FireEye rose 3.8% to $42.39, Palo Alto (PANW) gained 2.4% to $146, Fortinet (FTNT) added 1.7% to $34.28, Proofpoint (PFPT) advanced 1.7% to $58, and Raytheon slid 0.3% to $107.40.
10:00 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:25 EDTFEYECheck Point announces new partnership with FireEye
Check Point (CHKP) and FireEye (FEYE) announced a partnership to share threat intelligence to protect customers from modern advanced attacks. As part of this cooperation, Check Point's ThreatCloud and Next Generation Threat Prevention solutions and the FireEye NX platform will share the latest threat intelligence in real-time, allowing customers to update firewall security policies dynamically based on the intelligence from both platforms.
05:49 EDTSYMCSymantec upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded Symantec to Hold citing a lack of negative catalysts and potential breakup scenarios following the company's analyst day. The firm raised its price target for shares to $21 from $20.
April 19, 2015
16:51 EDTFEYEFireEye labs detected limited APT campaign
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April 18, 2015
20:14 EDTFEYEFireEye to hold a technology briefing
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April 17, 2015
13:31 EDTSYMCSymantec approached NetApp, EMC about potential Veritas sale, Bloomberg says
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13:19 EDTSYMCSymantec May volatility elevated on wide price movement
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April 13, 2015
11:24 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; GPRO FEYE
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10:48 EDTSYMCOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CLDN WETF EWH FOSL FXI TLM PRGO ATHN SYMC MAC
10:00 EDTQLYSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:59 EDTSYMCSymantec split would be positive, says Wells Fargo
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09:33 EDTSYMCSymantec sale of Veritas would be good outcome, says Cowen
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08:06 EDTSYMCSymantec expands Incident Response Services globally
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07:08 EDTSYMCSources: Symantec exploring Veritas sale 'for months,' Reuters reports
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06:55 EDTQLYSQualys downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
Baird downgraded Qualys to Neutral based on valuation.
06:47 EDTPANW, SYMC, FEYE, CUDAPalo Alto, FireEye remain Piper's favorite security ideas
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06:21 EDTFEYEFireEye April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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