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July 16, 2014
13:06 EDTFTNT, PFPT, FEYE, PANWIT 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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December 19, 2014
11:19 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; FEYE RSX
FireEye (FEYE) June 40 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 51, Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) May 19 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 45 according to IVolatility.
December 18, 2014
10:19 EDTFTNT, PANW, FEYESony hack fallout highlights value of IT security spending, analyst says
The hacking of Sony's (SNE) Sony Pictures unit shows that spending more on IT security is worthwhile for companies, Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Sony has decided not release the film "The Interview" as planned on December 25, due several theater chains' plans to not show the movie amid threats, CNBC reported. The New York Times said American intelligence officials have determined that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures. Sony's experience shows that being hacked is much more costly than spending on IT security, Powell stated. After being hacked, Sony has had to cancel the release of its film "The Interview," which it spent $ 42M to make, and it will have to spend more money on fixing the security breach and defending itself against lawsuits triggered by the incident, the analyst stated. Additionally, the company's brand has been damaged, Powell believes. By contrast, Sony spends just $20M per year on IT security, the analyst roughly estimated. Incidents like the hacking of Sony will cause companies to spend a higher percentage of their budgets on IT security next year, according to Powell. He kept Outperform ratings on IT security companies Check Point (CHKP), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Palo Alto (PANW), and Proofpoint (PFPT). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at B. Riley said IMAX (IMAX) and RealD (RLD) could benefit from Sony's cancellation of "The Interview" due to the demand shift towards their respective film slates. The analyst believes both IMAX and RealD could generate an incremental 1c in EPS during the period. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, FireEye jumped 5% to $30, Palo Alto advanced 3.2% to $123.87, Proofpoint gained 2% to $47.87 and Check Point climbed 1.4% to $78.16.
06:05 EDTFEYEFireEye implied volatility of 55 at lower end of index mean range
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December 17, 2014
06:09 EDTFEYEFireEye implied volatility of 55 at lower end of index mean range
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December 15, 2014
08:57 EDTPFPTProofpoint price target raised to $58 from $45 at Sterne Agee
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December 11, 2014
12:02 EDTPANWPalo Alto to host special shareholder meeting
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10:51 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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December 10, 2014
08:16 EDTPANW, FEYEBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
08:12 EDTPANW, PFPTIT security outlook remains positive, says Pacific Crest
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December 9, 2014
10:07 EDTFTNTFortinet may receive buyout from Wipro, says AsianSweeper
Fortinet (FTNT) may receive a buyout from Wipro (WIT), AsianSweeper says. Wipro is looking to strengthen the market share in security solutions and Fortinet, the current revenue leader in unified threat management is a perfect fit, as two companies already have existing synergies in certain areas. Reference Link
06:08 EDTFEYEFireEye announces partnership with Deutsche Telekom
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December 8, 2014
09:54 EDTFEYEFireEye calls active on renewed takeover chatter
FireEye December 31 and January 33 calls are active on 6300 contracts (800 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. December weekly call option implied volatility is at 67, December is at 53 compared to its 26-week average of 57 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
09:40 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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07:28 EDTFTNT, FEYEFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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