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February 26, 2014
07:23 EDTFEYE, QLYS, PFPT, FTNT, CUDA, PANW, IMPVWilliam Blair to hold booth tours at RSA Conference
RSA Conference Booth Tours will be held in San Francisco on February 25-26.
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March 2, 2015
08:16 EDTPFPTProofpoint to acquire Emerging Threats for $40M
Proofpoint has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Emerging Threats, a leading provider of advanced threat intelligence, for approximately $40M in cash and stock. Proofpoint will integrate Emerging Threats' advanced threat intelligence with its existing Targeted Attack Protection and Threat Response security solutions to deliver another significant step forward in advancing the state of the art for advanced threat detection and response, across the complete attack chain. Emerging Threats uses an automated collection and analysis system, along with a team of expert threat researchers, to produce actionable threat intelligence for detecting, blocking and remediating advanced cyberattacks. The combined technology will provide customers with deeper insight into cyberthreats, enabling them to react faster to inbound cyberattacks, and to identify, block, and disable previously undetected malware already embedded in their organizations.
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.
05:59 EDTFEYEFireEye introduces ne mobile security integration for Samsung
FireEye announced a new product integration with Samsung to enhance enterprise risk management on Samsung KNOX-enabled devices. The integrated solution intercepts apps before they are installed on the device and uses FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention to determine risk status, analyze, detect and block high-risk apps, as well as notify users of behaviors consistent with malware activity.
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 24, 2015
10:28 EDTFTNT, PANW, FEYE, PFPTAnalyst 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.
09:16 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $43 from $37 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill recommends focusing on Fortinet given 2015 revenue growth acceleration and margin improvement. The firm said Fortinet trades significantly below the peer group but is exhibiting accelerating billings and revenue growth and strong demand for new products. The firm reiterates its Buy rating and raised its price target to $43 and views downside as limited.
08:32 EDTPFPT, FEYE, PANW, FTNTFBR 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
10:51 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; FEYE AAL
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10:32 EDTFEYEFireEye falls, levels to watch
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10:15 EDTPFPT, CUDA, PANW, FEYE, FTNT, IMPV, QLYSCyberArk 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.
February 20, 2015
09:08 EDTFEYEFireEye price target raised to $50 from $44 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on FireEye to $50 from $44 following meetings with management. The firm cited improved business trends, new partnerships and higher state and local government spending. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on FireEye shares.
February 19, 2015
12:30 EDTIMPVImperva management to meet with Sterne Agee
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10:25 EDTQLYSQualys and China Biologic mentioned positively by Navellier
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February 17, 2015
08:06 EDTIMPVImperva revenue growth set to rebound, says Oppenheimer
After meeting with Imperva's management, Oppenheimer says that the company's focus on salesforce best practices and its good execution should cause its revenue growth to accelerate. The firm adds that demand for the company's products is strong, and it keeps a $55 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:50 EDTFEYEFireEye price target raised to $49 from $44 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Buy rated FireEye's price target to $49 to reflect expected improvements in cash flow as investment in international infrastructure and M&A slows. The firm continues to view FireEye as a top pick given technological advantages, upside to billings and revenue growth, execution abilities, and strong sector trends.

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