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June 17, 2014
08:55 EDTJNPR, PANWPalo Alto price target raised to $100 from $90 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Pal Alto (PANW) to $100 from $90 citing the recent litigation resolution with Juniper (JNPR), the reception of Wildfire in the APT market, and the potential for Cyvera to be the next leg in the company's fundamental story. Baird keeps its Outperform rating the shares.
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November 24, 2015
11:33 EDTJNPRBrocade sinks to 52-week low after Q1 outlook trails estimates
Shares of Brocade (BRCD), a supplier of networking equipment, are sinking after the company's outlook for the first quarter trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Brocade reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 26c and revenue of $588.83M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 24c and $575.1M, respectively. Adjusted gross margin for the quarter was 67.9%, while adjusted operating margin was 25%. SAN product revenue was $325M in Q4, flat year-over-year and up 5% quarter-over-quarter, while Q4 IP Networking product revenue was $170M, up 12% year-over-year and 10% quarter-over-quarter. GUIDANCE: Looking ahead to Q1, Brocade forecast adjusted EPS of 23c-25c and revenue of $550M-$570M, below analysts' consensus estimates of 26c and $582.17M, respectively. The company also sees Q1 adjusted gross margin of 67%-67.5%, adjusted operating margin of 24%-25.5%, adjusted free cash flow of $30M-$50M, operating cash flow of $50M-$70M and capital expenditures of $15M-$20M. Additionally, the company forecast Q1 SAN product revenue flat to up 3% quarter over quarter, "as we typically see stronger buying patterns from our OEM partners in our fiscal Q1." IP Networking revenue is expected down 16% to down 22% q/q, driven by U.S. federal seasonality and lower router sales. The company sees Q1 Global Services revenue down 2% q/q due to a one-time catch-up benefit realized in Q4 of approximately $3M. Brocade noted that at the end of Q4, OEM inventory was approximately 1.3 weeks of supply based on SAN business revenue and the company expects inventory to be between one to two weeks in Q1. ANALYST REACTION: JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall downgraded Brocade to Neutral from Overweight this morning, saying that enterprise IT spending continues to look weak after the company's guidance missed estimates. Hall also cut his price target for shares to $9 from $14. PRICE ACTION: Brocade fell 82c, or about 8%, to $9.27 in late morning trading on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $9.16. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 20% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other networking equipment suppliers include Cisco Systems (CSCO), down 0.6%, Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 0.4%, Extreme Networks (EXTR), down 0.7%, and QLogic (QLGC), down 1.3%.
10:29 EDTPANWPalo Alto seen adding confidence on IT security demand
The shares of IT security company Palo Alto (PANW) are rising after the company reported stronger than expected results last night. In a note to investors today, JPMorgan wrote that the results "should help restore investor confidence" in demand for IT security systems. WHAT'S NEW: Palo Alto reported first quarter earnings per share of 35c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 32c. The company's revenue came in at $297M, versus the consensus outlook of $284M. The IT security company provided roughly in-line Q2 EPS guidance, while its Q2 revenue guidance came in slightly above expectations. "Security remains a strategic consideration embedded in virtually every IT decision, (and) as a result, the demand environment remains very healthy, said Palo Alto CEO Mark McLaughlin. ANALYST REACTION: Palo Alto's results should boost investors' confidence in the IT security demand environment, wrote JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty. Palo Alto's results were "healthy" and the company's customer growth trends continue to be strong, the analyst stated. Moreover, the company is selling more of its products to each customer, Auty reported. As investors shift to valuing the company on cash flow, moving away from their current revenue based valuation method, the stock should rise, according to Auty, who kept a $216 price target and Overweight rating on the name. Palo Alto reported strong results, showing that the company is continuing to gain share in the new, fast growing next generation firewall and advanced threat detection market, according to Stephens analyst Jonathan Ruykhaver. Strong demand, good new products, and a wider distribution network will enable the company to deliver significant share gains and strong growth, believes the analyst, who increased his price target on the stock to $200 from $190. Also very upbeat on Palo Alto was Pacific Crest analyst Rob Owens. The company's growth continued to be "torrid" last quarter and it will clearly be among the winners in the IT security sector, wrote Owens, who raised his price target on the shares to $210 from $190 and kept an Overweight rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Barracuda (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Palo Alto climbed 7% to $184.22.
09:37 EDTPANWActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC DIS NFLX X YNDX GILD PANW SUNW
08:31 EDTPANWPalo Alto remains a top pick in software, says Cowen
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07:33 EDTPANWPalo Alto Q3 results an all-around strong print, says UBS
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07:26 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $210 from $190 at Pacific Crest
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07:16 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $200 from $190 at Stephens
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05:51 EDTPANWPalo Alto results should help restore confidence, says JPMorgan
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November 23, 2015
20:08 EDTPANWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Copart (CPRT), up 4.9%... Dycom (DY), up 4.6%... Palo Alto Networks (PANW), up 3.9%... Baozun (BZUN), up 6.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Xerox (XRX), up 6.7% after Carl Icahn reported a 7.13% stake in the company... Valeant (VRX), up 3.7% after Pershing Square increases stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals to 9.9%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Brocade (BRCD), down 5.5%... Ceres (CERE), down 10.3%... YY Inc. (YY), down 3.6%. ALSO LOWER: J.M. Smucker (SJM), down marginally after filing to sell 3.86M shares of common stock for holders.
16:05 EDTPANWPalo Alto sees Q2 EPS 38c-39c, consensus 38c
Sees Q2 revenue $314M-$318M, consensus $310.58M.
16:04 EDTPANWPalo Alto reports Q1 EPS 35c, consensus 32c
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15:41 EDTPANWPalo Alto November weekly 172.5 straddle priced for 6.7% movement into Q1
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15:28 EDTPANWNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Palo Alto (PANW), consensus 32c... Copart (CPRT), consensus 43c... Brocade (BRCD), consensus 24c... Post Holdings (POST), consensus 29c... YY (YY), consensus 82c... Dycom (DY), consensus $1.01... Cubic (CUB), consensus 96c... Enanta (ENTA), consensus 15c.
14:11 EDTPANWPalo Alto technical comments before earnings
The shares have recently completed a double bottom pattern, leaving them near the top of the recent trading range. That trading range is defined by a low at $150 and a high at $175. If the news is strongly bullish, a move above the top of the trading range would seem probable. Resistance levels to watch above $175 are at $178.74, $181.10, and $185.50. If the news is a negative disappointment, support levels to watch as potential downside objectives are at $167.28, $163.59, and 158.61.
07:25 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Palo Alto November weekly call option implied volatility is at 68, December is at 47; compared to its 52-week range of 27 to 66, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on today.
November 20, 2015
15:22 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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November 19, 2015
07:15 EDTPANWPalo Alto Fortinet seen as potential Cisco takeover targets, says Oppenheimer
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November 17, 2015
08:05 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Palo Alto November call option implied volatility is at 43, November weekly is at 69, December is at 54, January is at 46; compared to its 52-week range of 27 to 66, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on November 23.
07:42 EDTPANWPalo Alto checks point to above-consensus Q1 results, says Stephens
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07:37 EDTPANWPalo Alto results should beat expectations, says RBC Capital
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