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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.
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November 18, 2014
10:15 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $120 from $110 at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital raised its price target for Palo Alto Networks to $120 ahead of the company's Q1 results and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. The firm says Palo is "emerging as a dominant player in security."
07:36 EDTPFPTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 18 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:21 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $125 from $105 at Stephens
Stephens said it expects Palo Alto's Q1 results to beat consensus estimates, citing the firm's positive channel checks. The firm, which believes Palo Alto is continuing to take market share, raised its price target on the stock to $125 from $105 and maintains its Overweight rating on the shares.
November 17, 2014
21:08 EDTPFPTProofpoint management to meet with William Blair
Meetings to be held in Canada on November 20-21 hosted by William Blair.
06:48 EDTPANW, FTNT, FEYE, PFPTState Department hacked, NY Times reports
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November 16, 2014
19:34 EDTFEYE, PANWFinancial services firms plan $2B increase in cybersecurity spending, WSJ says
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November 14, 2014
07:46 EDTFEYEFireEye growth outlook has improved, says Wells Fargo
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November 12, 2014
14:17 EDTFEYEFireEye CEO says seeing geographic opportunity
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November 11, 2014
10:00 EDTPFPT, PANW, FEYE, FTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:19 EDTPANWBarracuda, Imperva, Palo Alto should be bought, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest recommends buying Barracuda (CUDA), Imperva (IMPV), and Palo Alto (PANW), as the firm expects IT security to continue growing strongly. The firm thinks the companies named have compelling margins and free cash flow.
06:10 EDTPFPTProofpoint initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie
Target $48.
06:10 EDTPANWPalo Alto initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie
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06:10 EDTFEYEFireEye initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie
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06:10 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie
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November 10, 2014
15:43 EDTPANWAmerican Petroleum Institute to hold a conference
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14:38 EDTFEYE, PANW, PFPT, FTNTU.S. Postal Service suffered cyberattack, NY Times reports
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12:42 EDTFEYEFireEye details hack attack found on Apple operating system
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12:39 EDTFEYEFireEye has uncovered iOS flaw that leaves devices vulnerable, CNBC reports
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10:30 EDTFEYEFireEye advances after JPMorgan adds to Focus List
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07:30 EDTFEYEFireEye added to Focus List, Akamai removed at JPMorgan
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