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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.
News For PANW;JNPR From The Last 14 Days
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July 1, 2015
14:49 EDTPANWTrump Hotels becomes latest victim of credit card data breach, Krebs says
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June 26, 2015
10:56 EDTPANWBarclays calls Fortinet, Palo Alto best bets in cybersecurity sector
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05:43 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $210 from $178 at Barclays
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05:41 EDTPANWFireEye downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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June 24, 2015
12:06 EDTPANWU.S. data hack larger than previously disclosed, WSJ reports
Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta said in a statement today to the House Oversight Committee that her agency is investigating whether up to 18M unique Social Security numbers were stolen as part of the previously disclosed cyberattack, Wall Street Journal reports. The hack is being defined as two distinct breaches, and the larger than previously thought numbers are preliminary and not verified, the Journal adds. Publicly traded companies in the cybersecurity space include Barracuda Networks (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
08:54 EDTPANWFortinet downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
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June 23, 2015
05:33 EDTJNPRJuniper, Ruckus Wireless announce new technology alliance
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June 22, 2015
10:19 EDTPANWAnalyst says get more selective on cybersecurity stocks
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05:55 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $206 from $180 at UBS
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05:45 EDTPANWFireEye downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS analyst Brent Thill downgraded FireEye (FEYE) to Neutral citing the stock's 70% rally year-to-date. Hill, however, raised his price target for name to $55 from $50. Shares of the cybersecurity provider closed Friday down 58c to $53.65. Hill also downgraded Symantec (SYMC) this morning to Sell. In the cybersecurity space, he keeps Buy ratings on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Fortinet (FTNT).

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