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July 16, 2014
13:06 EDTFTNT, PANW, PFPT, FEYEIT 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.
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May 21, 2015
13:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto Networks May weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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May 20, 2015
15:55 EDTFTNT, PANW, PFPT, FEYECareFirst BlueCross BlueShield confirms cyberattack
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has confirmed that cyberattackers gained limited, unauthorized access to a single CareFirst database. This was discovered as a part of the companyís ongoing Information Technology security efforts in the wake of recent cyberattacks on health insurers. CareFirst engaged Mandiant, a unit of FireEye (FEYE), to conduct an end-to-end examination of its IT environment. The review determined that in June 2014 cyberattackers gained access to a single database in which CareFirst stores data that members and other individuals enter to access CareFirstís websites and online services. Approximately 1.1M current and former CareFirst members and individuals who do business with CareFirst online who registered to use CareFirstís websites prior to June 20, 2014 are affected by this event. All affected members will receive a letter from CareFirst offering two free years of credit monitoring and identity theft protection. Mandiant completed its review and found no indication of any other prior or subsequent attack or evidence that other personal information was accessed. Other publicly traded companies in the cybersecurity space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC).
10:00 EDTPANW, FEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:14 EDTPFPTJefferies software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:41 EDTPANW, PFPT, FEYE, FTNTCisco CFO sees potential for acquistions in security
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07:36 EDTFEYEJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:51 EDTFEYEFireEye initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI
Target $50.
06:51 EDTPANWPalo Alto initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI
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May 19, 2015
07:13 EDTPFPTProofpoint can beat expectations over next few years, says Wells Fargo
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05:42 EDTPFPTProofpoint added to Priority Stock List at Wells Fargo
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May 18, 2015
09:06 EDTFEYEFireEye announces strategic alliance with ACE Group
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09:01 EDTFEYEMarsh, FireEye announce collaboration to offer cybersecurity readiness service
Marsh (MMC) and FireEye (FEYE) announced a collaboration to offer clients Marsh Cyber OASIS. This service is designed to assists clients by providing an objective evaluation of their organizationís ability to detect and respond to cyber-attacks, and the strength of their technical infrastructure.
08:11 EDTFTNTFortinet signs CRADA with DHS
Fortinet announced that it has signed a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, with the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS. With the CRADA in place, Fortinet can now share and gain access to new threat information in order to help improve threat detection and prevention for users of Fortinet security solutions. The CRADA will allow Fortinet to participate in the Cyber Information and Sharing and Collaboration Program, or CISCP, which entails sharing cyber threat, incident, and vulnerability information in near real-time, drawing on data of observed threat activity submitted by CISCP participants.
May 14, 2015
14:01 EDTFEYEFireEye currently unwilling to consider sale, Re/code reports
After Cisco (CEO) John Chambers said last night on the company Q3 conference call that he "wouldn't bet on" the rumor that his company was targeting an acquisition of FireEye (FEYE), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl added that FireEye is not for sale in any case. The security company's management would not be willing to entertain takeover offers before it reaches $1B in annual revenue, sources familiar with the matter told Hesseldahl. Reference Link
08:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto Q3 checks positive, says Stephens
Stephens said its checks have come back positive during Palo Alto's Q3 have been positive, leading the firm to expect the company's results to top consensus expectations. Stephens keeps its Overweight rating and $170 price target on Palo Alto shares.
08:21 EDTPFPT, PANW, FEYEFinjan says patent suits ongoing with numerous cybersecurity companies
Finjan (FNJN) said it has an active Markman Hearing schedule with two Markman Hearings already concluded in favor of the company and two additional Markman Hearings to be held in Q2. The company has a two-week trial against Blue Coat set to commence on July 20. Finjan has patent infringement lawsuits against FireEye (FEYE), BlueCoat, Proofpoint (PFPT), Sophos, Symantec (SYMC), and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) relating to, collectively, more than 20 patents in the Finjan portfolio. Subsequent to the quarter end, Finjan entered into a negotiated license agreement with F-Secure Corporation, a company incorporated in Finland. The agreement provides for F-Secure to pay Finjan the sum of $1M in cash, to be paid in two installments, consisting of $700,000 which was received on April 22 and $300,000 on or before March 31, 2016. The agreement also provides for the assignment by F-Secure to Finjan of two patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,474,048 and 7,749,991.
May 13, 2015
18:04 EDTFEYECisco CEO says don't bet on talk of FireEye acquisition
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10:32 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:20 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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07:21 EDTPFPTCredit Suisse to hold a conference
4th Annual Disruptive Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on May 13-14 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 13 at 10:35 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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