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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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February 26, 2015
14:39 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility and share price increases into Q2 and outlook
Palo Alto March weekly call option implied volatility is at 63, April is at 42, June is at 38; 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.
07:48 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $150 from $130 at Oppenheimer
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February 24, 2015
10:28 EDTPFPT, PANW, FTNT, FEYEAnalyst sees 'massive' IT security upgrade cycle still in early innings
A number of trends are spurring businesses and the government to spend aggressively on cyber security offerings, benefiting companies in the IT security sector, wrote research firm FBR Capital in a note to investors today. In conjunction, the firm raised its price target on a number of stocks in the sector. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives believes that spending on advanced cyber security products has increased this quarter. The ongoing series of well-publicized cyber attacks on large companies is causing businesses to become more concerned about protecting themselves from this threat, according to Ive, who believes that advanced IT security products have "massive," once in a multi-decade growth potential. Data points indicate that enterprises are looking to buy more advanced firewall/cloud security solutions, while the sizes of purchases by customers in the space have increased. Meanwhile, given the high priority that the Obama administration has placed on cyber security, the federal government's spending on IT security is likely to rise in the coming quarters and years, Ives wrote. Forecasting a 20% increase in overall cyber security spending this year, the analyst believes that the following companies should benefit disproportionately from the positive trends, since they have "the right products at the right time:" Palo Alto (PANW), FireEye (FEYE), Proofpoint (PFPT), Check Point (CHKP), and Fortinet (FTNT). The analyst raised his price target on Fortinet to $39 from $36, on Palo Alto to $160 from $121, on Proofpoint to $67 from $60, and on Check Point to $93 from $85. He kept Outperform ratings on all the stocks named. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In its own note to investors, RBC Capital said it expects Palo Alto to report stronger than expected Q2 results, driven by "impressive" revenue and margin improvements. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $150 from $145 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION:In early trading, Palo Alto added 0.2% to $138.41, FireEye advanced 1.2% to $43.87, Proofpoint lost slipped fractionally to $56.55, Check Point rose 0.5% at $82.77, and Fortinet gained 1.3% to $33.76.
09:16 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $43 from $37 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill recommends focusing on Fortinet given 2015 revenue growth acceleration and margin improvement. The firm said Fortinet trades significantly below the peer group but is exhibiting accelerating billings and revenue growth and strong demand for new products. The firm reiterates its Buy rating and raised its price target to $43 and views downside as limited.
08:32 EDTPFPT, FEYE, PANW, FTNTFBR checks show strong cybersecurity deal momentum
FBR Capital raised its price targets in the next-generation cybersecurity space after its channel checks showed strong deal momentum so far in the March quarter. The firm believes the "massive upgrade cycle" for next-generation cybersecurity remains in the early days. It raised its price target for Fortinet (FTNT) to $39 from $36, for Palo Alto (PANW) to $160 from $121, for FireEye (FEYE) to $53 from $45, for Proofpoint (PFPT) to $67 from $60 and for Check Point (CHKP) to $93 from $85.
07:41 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:18 EDTPANWPalo Alto results likely to beat expectations, says RBC Capital
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February 23, 2015
10:51 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; FEYE AAL
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10:32 EDTFEYEFireEye falls, levels to watch
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10:15 EDTFEYE, PFPT, FTNT, PANWCyberArk sinks after JPMorgan analyst cuts rating to sell
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08:27 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $150 from $130 at Pacific Crest
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05:52 EDTPANWCyberArk downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Cyberark Software (CYBR) to Underweight, its sell-equivalent, saying "a lot needs to go right" to justify the current valuation. JPMorgan keeps a $42 price target for the stock, well below Friday's closing price of $70.35. It points out that CyberArk's valuation is in-line with Palo Alto Networks (PANW), despite the latter company's total addressable market being roughly five times larger in its estimation. Cyberark is an Israel-based security company offering protections against cyber attacks.
February 20, 2015
09:08 EDTFEYEFireEye price target raised to $50 from $44 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on FireEye to $50 from $44 following meetings with management. The firm cited improved business trends, new partnerships and higher state and local government spending. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on FireEye shares.
February 17, 2015
07:50 EDTFEYEFireEye price target raised to $49 from $44 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Buy rated FireEye's price target to $49 to reflect expected improvements in cash flow as investment in international infrastructure and M&A slows. The firm continues to view FireEye as a top pick given technological advantages, upside to billings and revenue growth, execution abilities, and strong sector trends.
February 15, 2015
17:43 EDTPANW, FTNT, FEYE, PFPTCybersecurity firm Kaspersky warns of cyber attack on banks, FT says
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