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March 10, 2014
10:41 EDTAMBC, MDR, ZQK, PANW, SWYOptions with decreasing implied volatility: PANW MDR SWY ZQK AMBC
News For PANW;MDR;SWY;ZQK;AMBC From The Last 14 Days
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March 2, 2015
16:22 EDTMDRMcDermott awarded initial work for Marjan GOSP power generation system
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16:20 EDTMDRMcDermott sees FY15 revenue $3.3B-$3.6B, consensus $2.79B
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16:18 EDTMDRMcDermott reports Q4 EPS 3c, consensus (6c)
Reports Q4 revenue $806.4M, consensus $715.83M. As of December 31, 2014, the company’s backlog was $3.6B, compared to $4.0B at September 30, 2014. Of the December 31, 2014 backlog, approximately 43% related to offshore operations and approximately 57% related to subsea operations. Order intake in Q4 totaled $427.7M and included a pipeline repair project in Brunei and change orders on existing projects. At December 31, 2014, the company had $8.6B in bids and change orders outstanding compared to $10.5B at September 30, 2014. At December 31, 2014, the company was targeting to bid approximately $17.6B in projects that it expects to be awarded to the market through March 31, 2016. In total, the company’s potential revenue pipeline was $29.8B as of December 31, 2014
16:07 EDTPANWPalo Alto sees Q3 EPS 19c-20c, consensus 19c
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16:06 EDTPANWPalo Alto reports Q2 EPS 19c, consensus 17c
Reports Q2 revenue $217.7M, consensus $204M.
15:23 EDTMDR, PANWNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Mylan (MYL), consensus $1.05... Nabors Industries (NBR), consensus 39c... PRA Group (PRAA), consensus $1.11... Caesars Entertainment (CZR), consensus ($1.65)... Cumulus Media (CMLS), consensus 9c... Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), consensus (12c)... Palo Alto Networks (PANW), consensus 17c... Guidewire Software (GWRE), consensus 11c... McDermott International (MDR), consensus (6c)... Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), consensus (25c)... Matador Resources (MTDR), consensus 19c... Sanchez Energy (SN), consensus (11c).
14:35 EDTPANWPalo Alto March weekly 144 straddle priced for 7% movement into Q2
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13:51 EDTPANWPalo Alto technical comments ahead of resutls
The shares have been in a classically bullish uptrend through much of the year, with some steepening of trend in the last several weeks as earnings approach. If the news is strongly bullish, there is only the life high at $146.28 as resistance which would very likely be tested and probably broken. That would open up a run to $150 to $160 depending on the strength of the news. If there is a disappointment, the following support levels could become downside objectives: $138.20, $133.01, and $128.54. The latter level is the current price for the 50-day moving average. The stock could come down to that level and still be in a strong uptrend longer-term.
07:59 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Palo Alto March weekly call option implied volatility is at 83, April is at 45, June is at 39; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
07:39 EDTAMBCAmbac Financial reports Q4 EPS $9.73, may not compare to consensus 25c
Reports Q4 net premiums earned $33.97M. Reports Q4 NII $66.47M. Reports Q4 operating EPS $10.22.
February 26, 2015
14:39 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility and share price increases into Q2 and outlook
Palo Alto March weekly call option implied volatility is at 63, April is at 42, June is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on March 2.
07:48 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $150 from $130 at Oppenheimer
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February 25, 2015
05:20 EDTMDRMcDermott and Petrofac form five-year strategic alliance
McDermott and Petrofac Limited announced they have formed a strategic marketing alliance to pursue top-tier deepwater subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline, or SURF, projects. The five-year alliance expects to provide oil and gas companies a competitive, integrated solution across a broad range of complex engineer, procure, construct, install Subsea projects in deep and ultra-deepwater across the US Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, Brazil, the North Sea, Mediterranean and West Africa. SURF projects are expected to be above $200M, with the project scope anticipated to be split between partners roughly equally, but according to the specifics of a particular opportunity, and governed by separate project agreements.
February 24, 2015
10:28 EDTPANWAnalyst sees 'massive' IT security upgrade cycle still in early innings
A number of trends are spurring businesses and the government to spend aggressively on cyber security offerings, benefiting companies in the IT security sector, wrote research firm FBR Capital in a note to investors today. In conjunction, the firm raised its price target on a number of stocks in the sector. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives believes that spending on advanced cyber security products has increased this quarter. The ongoing series of well-publicized cyber attacks on large companies is causing businesses to become more concerned about protecting themselves from this threat, according to Ive, who believes that advanced IT security products have "massive," once in a multi-decade growth potential. Data points indicate that enterprises are looking to buy more advanced firewall/cloud security solutions, while the sizes of purchases by customers in the space have increased. Meanwhile, given the high priority that the Obama administration has placed on cyber security, the federal government's spending on IT security is likely to rise in the coming quarters and years, Ives wrote. Forecasting a 20% increase in overall cyber security spending this year, the analyst believes that the following companies should benefit disproportionately from the positive trends, since they have "the right products at the right time:" Palo Alto (PANW), FireEye (FEYE), Proofpoint (PFPT), Check Point (CHKP), and Fortinet (FTNT). The analyst raised his price target on Fortinet to $39 from $36, on Palo Alto to $160 from $121, on Proofpoint to $67 from $60, and on Check Point to $93 from $85. He kept Outperform ratings on all the stocks named. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In its own note to investors, RBC Capital said it expects Palo Alto to report stronger than expected Q2 results, driven by "impressive" revenue and margin improvements. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $150 from $145 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION:In early trading, Palo Alto added 0.2% to $138.41, FireEye advanced 1.2% to $43.87, Proofpoint lost slipped fractionally to $56.55, Check Point rose 0.5% at $82.77, and Fortinet gained 1.3% to $33.76.
08:32 EDTPANWFBR checks show strong cybersecurity deal momentum
FBR Capital raised its price targets in the next-generation cybersecurity space after its channel checks showed strong deal momentum so far in the March quarter. The firm believes the "massive upgrade cycle" for next-generation cybersecurity remains in the early days. It raised its price target for Fortinet (FTNT) to $39 from $36, for Palo Alto (PANW) to $160 from $121, for FireEye (FEYE) to $53 from $45, for Proofpoint (PFPT) to $67 from $60 and for Check Point (CHKP) to $93 from $85.
07:41 EDTPANWPalo Alto volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:18 EDTPANWPalo Alto results likely to beat expectations, says RBC Capital
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February 23, 2015
10:15 EDTPANWCyberArk sinks after JPMorgan analyst cuts rating to sell
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08:27 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $150 from $130 at Pacific Crest
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05:52 EDTPANWCyberArk downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Cyberark Software (CYBR) to Underweight, its sell-equivalent, saying "a lot needs to go right" to justify the current valuation. JPMorgan keeps a $42 price target for the stock, well below Friday's closing price of $70.35. It points out that CyberArk's valuation is in-line with Palo Alto Networks (PANW), despite the latter company's total addressable market being roughly five times larger in its estimation. Cyberark is an Israel-based security company offering protections against cyber attacks.
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