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March 25, 2014
07:56 EDTFEYE, PANWPalo Alto acquisition to improve competitive positioning, says JMP Securities
After Palo Alto (PANW) agreed to buy IT security start-up Cyvera, JMP Securities thinks the acquisition will enable Palo Alto to more effectively respond to competing products from FireEye (FEYE) in the Advanced Persistent Threat market. The firm sees the APT market as a critical growth opportunity for Palo Alto. It reiterates a Market Perform rating on that stock.
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July 30, 2015
08:54 EDTFEYEFireEye July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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July 29, 2015
10:00 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Commvault (CVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive checks, business mdoel changes at Oppenheimer... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... M/A-COM (MTSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Supervalu (SVU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... YRC Worldwide (YRCW) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
08:35 EDTPANW, FEYEUnited computers said to be breached by hackers, Bloomberg reports
United Airlines (UAL) detected a breach of its computer systems in May or early June, reported Bloomberg, citing several people familiar with an investigation into the matter. The cyberattack on United has been linked to the China-backed hackers said to be responsible for several other large incursions, including thefts of data from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and health insurer Anthem (ANTM), according to several of the people who talked to Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the cybersecurity space include Barracuda (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
08:17 EDTFEYEFireEye upgraded on positive checks, business mdoel changes at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer upgraded FireEye to Outperform from Perform. As reasons for the upgrade, the firm cited its positive Q2 checks suggesting that the company's revenue should come in above the mid-point of its guidance and changes in the company;'s business model which Oppenheimer believes should create long-term operating leverage. The firm thinks that earnings estimates for the company can increase. Target $58.
06:17 EDTFEYEFireEye upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
July 27, 2015
11:49 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; FEYE GRPO
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July 24, 2015
09:30 EDTFEYEFireEye downgraded to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global
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05:45 EDTPANWProofpoint price target raised to $80 from $70 at Summit Research
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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTFEYE, PANWOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
14:17 EDTFEYEEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
11:32 EDTFEYE, PANWIT security stocks climb after Fortinet, F5 beat expectations
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July 22, 2015
19:02 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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July 17, 2015
14:37 EDTFEYE, PANWUCLA Health says 4.5M individuals' data possibly exposed in cyber attack
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10:56 EDTFEYE, PANWCVS investigates credit card breach at online photo unit, KrebsOnSecurity says
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07:11 EDTPANW, FEYEGigamon checks show continued momentum, says William Blair
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July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:12 EDTPANWPalo Alto initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research
Target $218.
08:36 EDTPANW, FEYEFinjan Holdings files second lawsuit against Blue Coat
Finjan Holdings (FNJN) announced that its subsidiary, Finjan, Inc. has filed a second patent infringement lawsuit against Blue Coat Systems, alleging infringement of seven Finjan patents relating to new infringing Blue Coat products and services. The Complaint, filed July 15, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Blue Coat's new products and services infringe seven Finjan patents. In particular, Finjan is asserting infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,154,844; 6,965,968; 7,418,731; 8,079,086; 8,225,408; 8,566,580; 8,677,494; four of which are being asserted against Blue Coat for the first time. Finjan is seeking a jury trial; entry of judgment of direct and indirect infringement of certain claims of each of the asserted patents by Blue Coat; preliminary and permanent injunction against Blue Coat and its officers, among others, from infringing the asserted patents; and damages to be determined by a jury. This original case against Blue Coat will be proceeding to trial on July 20, 2015, with all six patents included in Finjan's first complaint against Blue Coat. Those patents include 6,804,780; 6,154,844; 7,418,731; 6,965,968; 7,058,822 and 7,647,633. The trial in the first case is expected to last for two weeks. Finjan has filed patent infringement lawsuits against FireEye (FEYE), Proofpoint, Sophos, Symantec (SYMC), and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) relating to, collectively, more than 20 patents in the Finjan portfolio.

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