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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.
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September 1, 2015
10:59 EDTSYMC, PANW, QLYS, FEYE, CUDACyberArk bucks downward market trend after Piper upgrade
The shares of Israeli cybersecurity company CyberArk (CYBR) are flat despite the large decline in the broader market after research firm Piper Jaffray upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. The stock's decline has created an attractive entry point, as companies are becoming more interested in the type of products CyberArk offers, Piper analyst Andrew Nowinski contended. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting extensive checks, Nowinski believes that companies are becoming more interested in Privileged Account Management, the area in which CyberArk specializes. Enterprises are focusing on this area more intently because they realize they need to spend more on protecting their most critical assets within firewalls, the analyst stated. As a result of this trend, CyberArk's market share gains could accelerate, Nowinski believes. Moreover, the company is one of the few cybersecurity companies capable of generating 40%+ revenue growth and 20%+ operating margins, the analyst stated. Additionally, the company's 2016 free cash flow should come in nearly triple analysts' consensus 2016 estimate, said Nowinski, who set a $70 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded IT security companies include Barracuda (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, CyberArk was little changed at $51 per share.
August 31, 2015
16:10 EDTQLYSStephens to hold a tour
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08:03 EDTFEYECybergy partners with FireEye for cybersecurity push
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07:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto checks positive, says Oppenheimer
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August 28, 2015
08:18 EDTSYMCSymantec management to meet with Jefferies
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07:12 EDTPANWWilliam Blair names 21 stocks best positioned for volatile markets
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August 25, 2015
08:08 EDTFEYEFireEye, Adobe among quality 'flushed out' tech names, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says that market disruptions like the one seen in the last several days have historically provided a unique opportunity to invest in high-quality names and identified FireEye (FEYE), Adobe (ADBE), Veeva Systems (VEEV) and Rovi (ROVI) as four particularly interesting tech stocks that "appear flushed out" and now offer "exaggerated" risk/reward. The firm has Overweight ratings on all four stocks mentioned above after having upgraded Rovi to Overweight this morning.
August 24, 2015
15:01 EDTPANW, FEYEWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
14:21 EDTSYMC, QLYS, PANW, FEYE, CUDAJMP Securities says pullback in Palo Alto a buying opportunity
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08:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto weakness creates buying opportunity, says JMP Securities
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08:36 EDTPANW, CUDAIT security outlook still positive, says Pacific Crest
After attending a conference and analyzing IT security companies' Q2 results, Pacific Crest is more confident that IT security spending trends will continue to be strong. The firm identifies Barracuda (CUDA), Imperva (IMPV) and Palo Alto (PANW) as its favorite names in the space.
August 21, 2015
10:02 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:29 EDTPANWPalo Alto results should beat expectations, says RBC Capital
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06:48 EDTSYMCSymantec upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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