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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.
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August 21, 2014
09:22 EDTFEYEFireEye has further downside, says Northland
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08:30 EDTFEYEFireEye valuation attractive, says Goldman
Goldman views Buy rated FireEye's share price as an attractive entry point for best-in-class growth, attractive positioning, reset expectations, and positive industry themes.
August 20, 2014
08:02 EDTPANWPalo Alto expands global distribution agreement with Westcon Group
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August 19, 2014
11:27 EDTFEYEFireEye drops sharply, levels to watch
In the last 15 minutes the shares have taken a sharp turn lower, lead by a large block trade of 4.89M shares. At the current price of $27.96, the stock is down over 2.9%. Next support at current price is at $27.25. Resistance is at $28.81.
August 18, 2014
10:41 EDTFEYECommunity Health discloses personal data compromised in cyber attack
Earlier today, Community Health (CYH) disclosed in a filing that in July Community Health Systems confirmed that its computer network was the target of an external, criminal cyber attack that the company believes occurred in April and June. The company and its forensic expert, Mandiant, a FireEye company (FEYE), believe the attacker was an “Advanced Persistent Threat” group originating from China who used highly sophisticated malware and technology to attack the company’s systems.The company has been informed by federal authorities and Mandiant that this intruder has typically sought valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data. However, in this instance the data transferred was non-medical patient identification data related to the company’s physician practice operations and affected approximately 4.5M individuals who, in the last five years, were referred for or received services from physicians affiliated with the company. The company has confirmed that this data did not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information; the data is, however, considered protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act because it includes patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers. The company does not believe this incident will have a material adverse effect on its business or financial results.
August 15, 2014
10:01 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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August 14, 2014
16:34 EDTPANWPalo Alto initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
Target $95.
August 13, 2014
15:49 EDTPANWPalo Alto checks positive, suggest Q4 upside, says Stephens
Stephens said its checks on Palo Alto have been positive and suggest Q4 results slightly ahead of consensus expectations. The firm raised its price target on Palo Alto to $95 from $90 and reiterates its Overweight rating on the shares.
10:01 EDTPANW, FEYE, FTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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August 12, 2014
16:27 EDTFEYEFireEye initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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16:26 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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16:26 EDTPANWPalo Alto initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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11:15 EDTFEYEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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August 11, 2014
11:28 EDTFEYEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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