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June 2, 2014
10:45 EDTPANW, BIG, RMTI, OVTI, GES, ANF, KORS, DSW, EXPROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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News For RMTI;EXPR;ANF;BIG;DSW;GES;PANW;KORS;OVTI From The Last 14 Days
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April 22, 2015
06:00 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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April 21, 2015
08:40 EDTPANWCheck Point price target raised to $100 from $85 at Needham
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07:15 EDTPANWUBS to host a software tour
Software Tour at RSA Conference is being held on April 21-24.
April 20, 2015
16:32 EDTPANWPalo Alto re-initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
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12:35 EDTPANWCybersecurity stocks rally after Raytheon announces joint venture
The shares of cybersecurity companies are rising after Raytheon (RTN), a major defense contractor, announced that it was forming a cybersecuity joint venture with a company in the sector, Websense. Raytheon will acquire control of Websense as part of the deal. WHAT'S NEW: Raytheon announced that it had agreed to form a joint venture with Websense, which is owned by Vista Equity Partners. Under the deal, Websense will combine with Raytheon Cyber Products, a business unit of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services segment. Raytheon will pay about $1.57B for an 80.3% stake in the joint venture. Additionally, Raytheon will pay $1.9B, net of cash acquired, to buy Websense. Of the $1.9B, $600M will be in the form of an intercompany loan to the joint venture. The combined company will be treated as a separate business segment of Raytheon, the defense contractor stated. John McCormack, the CEO of Websense, will be the CEO of the unit. The deal is expected to close next quarter. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Sam Pearlstein wrote that the deal will raise Raytheon's non-GAAP, 2015 adjusted earnings per share by about 6c. However, the transaction will lower Raytheon's EPS on a GAAP basis for 2015 by 48c, driven by amortization of intangibles, deferred revenue, and one-time costs, according to Pearlstein. The analyst kept an Outperform rating on Raytheon shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cybersecurity company Check Point (CHKP) reported stronger than expected first quarter results today. Its Q2 guidance was roughly in-line with analysts' consensus estimates at the midpoints of the ranges given for earnings and revenue. Additionally, Check Point announced a partnership with another cybersecurity company, FireEye (FEYE). The companies said they would share threat intelligence to protect customers from modern advanced attacks. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading,Check Point jumped 5.4% to $86.14, FireEye rose 3.8% to $42.39, Palo Alto (PANW) gained 2.4% to $146, Fortinet (FTNT) added 1.7% to $34.28, Proofpoint (PFPT) advanced 1.7% to $58, and Raytheon slid 0.3% to $107.40.
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:18 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral with $70 target at Mizuho
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06:11 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
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06:10 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
April 17, 2015
11:48 EDTDSWDSW management to meet with William Blair
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April 16, 2015
09:55 EDTKORSMichael Kors view changed to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global (pre-open)
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09:23 EDTDSWDSW comp momentum likely to drive Q1 upside, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said strong comp momentum indicates potential margin upside to Q1 and 1 H. The firm said continued outperformance and favorable industry trends increases its confidence in potential upside and raised estimates above consensus.
05:55 EDTKORSCoach upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Joan Payson upgraded Coach to Overweight citing greater confidence in the designer's ability to grow domestic store comps with its turnaround "well underway." She expects Coach's competitive pressures to ease and raised her price target for shares to $50 from $38. The maker of handbags closed yesterday down 28c to $41.76. Payson also lowered her price target for shares of Michael Kors (KORS) to $60 from $70 and keeps an Equal Weight rating on the name. She believes Kors may soon be in need of transformation. The analyst keeps an Equal Weight rating on Tiffany (TIF), calling the company a "work in progress."
April 15, 2015
14:58 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch June calls active
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10:00 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:56 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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April 14, 2015
10:16 EDTBIGHigh option volume stocks
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April 13, 2015
06:47 EDTPANWPalo Alto, FireEye remain Piper's favorite security ideas
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06:22 EDTANFGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
April 12, 2015
18:11 EDTPANWEx-hacker says many capable of launching Sony-style cyber attack, CNET says
Ninety percent of companies are vulnerable to a Sony (SNE)-like cyber attack security experts tell "60 Minutes," CNET says. Companies in the cyber security space include Barracuda (CUDA), FireEye (FEYE), Check Point (CHKP), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Qualys (QLYS), Symantec (SYMC) and Proofpoint (PFPT). Reference Link
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