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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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December 19, 2014
11:19 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; FEYE RSX
FireEye (FEYE) June 40 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 51, Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) May 19 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 45 according to IVolatility.
December 18, 2014
10:19 EDTFEYE, PANWSony 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.
06:05 EDTFEYEFireEye implied volatility of 55 at lower end of index mean range
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December 17, 2014
10:02 EDTCUDAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:02 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:15 EDTCUDABarracuda Networks initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital
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06:09 EDTFEYEFireEye implied volatility of 55 at lower end of index mean range
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05:40 EDTSYMCSymantec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded Symantec to Market Perform citing valuation as it believes upside from the company's business split is largely reflected in shares at current levels.
December 11, 2014
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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December 10, 2014
08:16 EDTPANW, FEYEBarclays 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 EDTCUDA, PANWIT security outlook remains positive, says Pacific Crest
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07:47 EDTQLYSCowen to hold a forum
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December 9, 2014
07:22 EDTQLYSBMO Capital to hold a conference
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06:08 EDTFEYEFireEye announces partnership with Deutsche Telekom
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December 8, 2014
09:54 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active on renewed takeover chatter
FireEye December 31 and January 33 calls are active on 6300 contracts (800 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. December weekly call option implied volatility is at 67, December is at 53 compared to its 26-week average of 57 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
09:40 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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07:28 EDTFEYEFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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