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July 16, 2014
13:06 EDTFTNT, FEYE, PANW, PFPTIT security stocks advance after upbeat Goldman note
Shares of a number of IT security stocks are rallying after Goldman Sachs wrote that it was upbeat on the sector in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Niknam assumed coverage of the Security Software sector with an Attractive rating. Cyber threats have become larger and more costly, so many companies are increasing the amount of money they spend on IT security, Niknam wrote. Spending on security is increasing by the highest rate since 2010, the analyst estimated. Companies in the sector should see their free cash flow growth accelerate, while cash rich tech companies could become interested in carrying out M&A transactions with security vendors, the analyst predicted. Additionally, more mature companies in the sector should be able to buy back more of their shares going forward, Niknam believes. He identified Palo Alto (PANW) as his top pick in the space, as he believes that the company provides "the most unique blend of disruptive long-term growth and accelerating profitability." The company is poised to gain additional market share, while its growth going forward should beat expectations, Niknam stated. He raised his price target on the shares to $97 from $91 and kept a Conviction List-Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, the analyst upgraded another stock in the sector, FireEye (FEYE), to Buy from Neutral after assuming coverage of the shares. The company's status as the market leader in fighting Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs, leaves it well-positioned in the current market, he contended. An IT survey indicates that most respondents plan to increase their APT-related spending, and 59% of the respondents say they plan to spend more money on solutions from a new vendor, Niknam reported. Furthermore, FireEye's revenue growth likely accelerated in Q2 and its revenue should beat expectations in 2014 and 2015, while the company's free cash flow should come in above consensus levels next year, Niknam predicted. FireEye may eventually be acquired by another company, according to Niknam, who raised his price target on the shares to $42 from $36. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Niknam initiated coverage of Proofpoint (PFPT) with a Buy rating as he predicted that the company's growth and free cash flow would beat expectations in the near-term and he believes that the company could also become a takeover target. The analyst started coverage of Fortinet (FTNT) with a Neutral rating. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Palo Alto climbed 3% to $78.36, FireEye rose 3.5% to $34.99, Proofpoint climbed 3.6% to $34.46, and Fortinet rose 1% to $24.24.
News For PANW;FEYE;PFPT;FTNT From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:10 EDTPANWPalo Alto to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held in Las Vegas on March 30 at 4 pm. Webcast Link
March 26, 2015
16:52 EDTFEYEFireEye initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James
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March 23, 2015
14:57 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility at low end of historic range
Palo Alto March weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, April is at 33, June is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on March 2.
10:08 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks
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March 20, 2015
15:40 EDTPFPT, PANW, FTNT, FEYEMore cybersecurity firms to come public amid high market demand, Reuters says
With shares of publicly traded cybersecurity companies having recently outperformed the market, a number of privately-held IT security names, including Rapid7, LogRythm and Mimecast, plan to go public in 2015 amid the high level of investor interest, said Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. 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
March 19, 2015
08:45 EDTFEYEHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to hold a hearing
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March 18, 2015
08:08 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $39 from $35 at Oppenheimer
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March 17, 2015
07:31 EDTPFPTProofpoint momentum continuing this quarter, says Pacific Crest
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March 16, 2015
11:17 EDTFEYEFireEye call activity attributed to takeover chatter
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11:02 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye strength attributed to takeover speculation
Shares of FireEye (FEYE) are moving higher on speculation Cisco (CSCO) may acquire the company.
March 13, 2015
09:12 EDTPANW, PFPT, FTNT, FEYEVista exploring sale of cybersecurity company Websense, Bloomberg says
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