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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.
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June 26, 2015
05:41 EDTFEYE, PANW, FTNTFireEye downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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05:35 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
Target $50.
June 25, 2015
10:00 EDTPFPT, FEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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June 24, 2015
18:39 EDTFEYEFireEye initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush
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18:39 EDTPFPTProofpoint initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush
Wedbush started shares of Proofpoint with an Outperform rating and added the stock to its Best Ideas List. The firm has an $79 price target for shares.
12:06 EDTPANW, PFPT, FEYE, FTNTU.S. data hack larger than previously disclosed, WSJ reports
Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta said in a statement today to the House Oversight Committee that her agency is investigating whether up to 18M unique Social Security numbers were stolen as part of the previously disclosed cyberattack, Wall Street Journal reports. The hack is being defined as two distinct breaches, and the larger than previously thought numbers are preliminary and not verified, the Journal adds. Publicly traded companies in the cybersecurity 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
10:00 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
09:35 EDTFEYEActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:54 EDTPFPT, FEYE, PANW, FTNTFortinet downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
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06:53 EDTFTNTFortinet downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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June 22, 2015
10:19 EDTPANW, FEYE, FTNTAnalyst says get more selective on cybersecurity stocks
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10:00 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTFEYEActive equity options trading on open
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07:01 EDTFEYEFireEye identifies Chinese group responsible for Federal hack, Re/code reports
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05:56 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $49 from $43 at UBS
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05:55 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $206 from $180 at UBS
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05:45 EDTFEYE, PANW, FTNTFireEye downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS analyst Brent Thill downgraded FireEye (FEYE) to Neutral citing the stock's 70% rally year-to-date. Hill, however, raised his price target for name to $55 from $50. Shares of the cybersecurity provider closed Friday down 58c to $53.65. Hill also downgraded Symantec (SYMC) this morning to Sell. In the cybersecurity space, he keeps Buy ratings on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Fortinet (FTNT).
June 19, 2015
08:31 EDTFTNTFortinet adds Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Judith Sim to board
Fortinet (FTNT) announced that Judith Sim, Chief Marketing Officer at Oracle (ORCL), is joining Fortinet's board, effective June 22.
June 18, 2015
07:48 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $200 from $180 at RBC Capital
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