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May 29, 2014
11:07 EDTJNPR, PANWAnalysts 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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October 2, 2015
15:14 EDTPANWAs many as 4.6M Scottrade users' data exposed in breach, KrebsonSecurity says
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September 30, 2015
10:33 EDTPANWBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
08:02 EDTPANWTrustwave and Palo Alto announce strategic alliance
Trustwave and Palo Alto announced a strategic alliance designed to bring next-generation managed security services to global, multi-national businesses and government agencies. Under the terms of the agreement, Trustwave has become a global member of the Palo Alto Networks NextWave partner program to provide managed security services for the Palo Alto Networks security platform.
September 29, 2015
05:23 EDTJNPRJuniper to work with British Airways to build private cloud and next-gen core
Juniper (JNPR) announced it will work with global premium airline, British Airways (BAIRY), to build a private cloud data center and IP/MPLS core backbone using Juniper Networks technology. The new private cloud infrastructure will run many of the applications that underpin British Airways' operations, including ticketing, check-in and baggage tracking.
September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTPANWCybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTPANWChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
12:36 EDTPANWGovernment cyber attack affects larger number of fingerprint data
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12:16 EDTPANWPiper says reseller event positive for Palo Alto, Imperva, CyberArk
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says his investor briefing with a large security reseller yielded positive feedback on Palo Alto (PANW), Imperva (IMPV) and CyberArk (CYBR). The reseller's customers' top spending priority is now inside threat protection, which bodes well for Imperva and CyberArk, Nowinski tells investors in a research note. Further, their growth with Palo Alto continues to ramp and should exceed 50% in 2016, the analyst adds. Nowinski found comments around FireEye (FEYE) "slightly more cautious" with some viewing the Mandiant service organization as competitive to their professional service offerings.
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September 22, 2015
10:36 EDTJNPRGoldman upbeat on telecom equipment, lukewarm on IT hardware
The telecom equipment sector has a number of positive catalysts, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. The firm has a neutral view on the IT Hardware sector, however, noted the analyst team that took over coverage of the stocks in the space. WHAT'S NEW: Telecom equipment companies should benefit from spending on 100G wide area network upgrades between 2015 and 2017, Goldman analyst Simona Jankowski wrote. Also likely to boost the sector is the expansion of cloud providers' private networks, the analyst stated. The latter trend should produce a new market for the sector, Jankowski believes. Within the sector, she kept Buy ratings on Juniper (JNPR), Arris (ARRS) and Ciena (CIEN). The analyst, who has an Attractive view on the Telecom Equipment sector, has a Sell rating on shares of Infinera (INFN), however. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jankowski views the IT hardware sector as a mixed bag. The sector's valuations are attractive, and it is generating strong free cash flow and robust capital returns, the analyst believes. However, it is being hurt by the shift to cloud computing and by foreign exchange fluctuations, Jankowski warned. Within the sector, she downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sell from Neutral and kept a Sell rating on Motorola Solutions (MSI). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Jumiper declined 2% to $25.24, Arris gave back 1.8% to $26.40, Ciena dropped 2% to $21.77, Infinera fell 3.8% to $20.27, NetApp tumbled 4.5% to $29.80 and Motorola Solutions lost 1% to $66.30.
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07:46 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Topeka
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