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May 29, 2014
11:07 EDTPANW, JNPRAnalysts upbeat on Palo Alto after Juniper settlement
Palo Alto (PANW) is surging and Juniper (JNPR) shares are rising as well after the companies announced last night that they had settled their patent litigation. In notes to investors earlier today, a number of firms wrote that the deal was a significant positive development for Palo Alto. WHAT'S NEW: Palo Alto, which develops IT security products, agreed to pay Juniper $175M, including $75M in cash, approximately $70M in shares of its common stock and a warrant to purchase approximately $30M more shares. The companies agreed to dismiss their lawsuits, license the patents over which they had sued each other, and refrain from suing each other over patents for eight years. ANALYST REACTION: From Palo Alto's perspective, the settlement was much more positive than expected, wrote Detsuche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead. Major investors had expected the settlement to consist of a $500M payment by Palo Alto and 2%-3% royalty payments, he estimated. Palo Alto's outlook is now significantly less risky, added the analyst, who raised his price target on the stock to $95 from $90 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer analyst Shaul Eyal upgraded Palo Alto to Outperform from Market Perform. Like Keirstead, Eyal believes that the deal significantly reduced the risk facing Palo Alto. Following the agreement, investors will focus on the company's solid fundamentals, added the analyst, who introduced a $90 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also last night, Palo Alto reported stronger than expected third quarter results and provided generally in-line fourth quarter guidance. Calling the results and guidance solid, Eyal said that they support continued healthy double-digit growth rates by the company. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Palo Alto climbed 8% to $75, while Juniper added 1.5% to $25.60.
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September 2, 2014
07:55 EDTPANWPalo Alto business appears to be beating expectations, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer reports that its checks indicate that Palo Alto's business is tracking ahead of consensus estimates this quarter. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $90 from $80 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
August 31, 2014
13:27 EDTJNPR, PANWAT&T to hold a conference
16th Annual AT&T Cyber Security Conference will be held in New York on September 3-4 with webcast availability on September 4 at 9 am; Webcast Link
13:20 EDTJNPRCitigroup to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in New York on September 2-4.
August 28, 2014
06:54 EDTPANWPalo Alto coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
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August 20, 2014
08:02 EDTPANWPalo Alto expands global distribution agreement with Westcon Group
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August 19, 2014
11:05 EDTJNPRImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:42 EDTJNPRImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.

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