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July 16, 2014
13:06 EDTFTNT, PANW, FEYE, 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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October 23, 2014
16:23 EDTPFPTProofpoint reports Q3 EPS (11c), consensus (11c)
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11:25 EDTPANW, FTNT, FEYEInternet security names climb after Check Point, Fortinet beat expectations
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08:59 EDTFTNTFortinet strong sales execution likely to continue into FY15, says Sterne Agee
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October 22, 2014
18:34 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 13.1% after reporting third quarter results and increasing share repurchase authorization to $250M... Infinera (INFN), up 9.8%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), up 11.8%... Acacia Research (ACTG), up 7.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 4.5%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.9%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 1.5%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 2.9%... ServiceNow (NOW), up just under 1%. ALSO HIGHER: CarMax (KMX), up 1% after announcing a $2B increase to its share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Air Methods (AIRM), down 19.8% following preliminary third quarter results... Yelp (YELP), down 13.6%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 7.9%... Varian Medical (VAR), down 4.9% after reporting fourth quarter results... Open Text (OTEX), down 3.9%... Citrix (CTXS), down 5.7%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 4.5%... Allied World (AWH), down 4.7%... Lam Research (LRCX), down 3.3%... Skechers (SKX), down just under 1% after reporting third quarter results above analyst estimates... AT&T (T), down 1.5%. ALSO LOWER: DIRECTV (DTV), down just under 1% following AT&T third quarter results... Alcobra (ADHD), down 16% following results of MDX study... WidePoint (WYY), down 8.1% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4.4% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock.
16:32 EDTFTNTFortinet sees 2014 EPS 47c-48c, consensus 48c
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16:31 EDTFTNTFortinet sees Q4 EPS 13c-14c, consensus 15c
Sees Q4 revenue $206M-$211M, consensus $202.92M. Guidance issued in earnings call slides.
16:16 EDTFTNTFortinet reports Q3 EPS 12c, consensus 11c
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15:30 EDTFTNTNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:14 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks
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09:24 EDTFTNTFortinet to host conference call
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06:44 EDTFTNT, FEYE, PFPT, PANWU.S. weighing cybersecurity requirements for bank vendors, NY Times says
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October 21, 2014
07:30 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $115 from $100 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer raised its price target for Palo Alto Networks shares to $115 after meeting with management and reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock. The firm thinks shares can continue to move higher as the company's fundamentals remain intact.
October 16, 2014
10:01 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:31 EDTFEYEFireEye upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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October 14, 2014
18:20 EDTPANWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:41 EDTPANWPalo Alto CEO sees reaching operating margins goal within next two years
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17:39 EDTPANWPalo Alto CEO not concerned about margins
17:37 EDTPANWPalo Alto CEO says customers more thoughtful about purchases
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October 13, 2014
09:23 EDTFTNT, FEYEHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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October 12, 2014
17:34 EDTPANW, FEYEJPMorgan to double spending on cybersecurity over next five years, WSJ says
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