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March 7, 2014
16:34 EDTPRGS, JNPR, SWY, FEYE, PANW, FL, BIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed following a U.S. employment report for February that came in better than expected. Despite the economy adding more jobs that expected for February, the unemployment rate edged up to 6.7% from January's 6.6%. Despite continued unrest in Ukraine and mixed economic data, the averages closed the first week of the month with gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 175K non-farm jobs were added last month, beating the expected increase of 150K jobs, while the unemployment rate edged up to 6.7% from last month’s 6.6% rate. The trade balance report for January showed a deficit of $39.1B, versus the expected $38.5B deficit. January consumer credit was reported to rise $13.7B, slightly below expectations for growth of $14B. COMPANY NEWS: Grocery store owner Safeway (SWY) agreed to be acquired by Albertsons, owned by private equity firm Cerberus, for a total value estimated at $40 per Safeway share. Safeway shareholders will receive $32.50 per share in cash, will have the right to receive pro-rata distributions of proceeds from primarily non-core assets with an estimated value of $3.65 per share, and Safeway's shares of Blackhawk (HAWK), with a current value of $3.95 per Safeway share, will still be distributed. The deal, which had been roundly telegraphed in recent media reports, received a mixed reaction, with analysts at Deutsche Bank saying it views the offer as too low. Shares of Safeway closed the session down 87c, or 2.2%, to $38.60... Closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) gained $6.72, or 22.97%, to $35.97 after the company reported fourth results, said the wind-down of its Canadian operations is on schedule, and approved a $125M share repurchase program. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Palo Alto Networks (PANW), up $7.67, or 11.04%, to $77.12 after a judge declared a mistrial in the company's ongoing patent infringement lawsuit with Juniper Networks (JNPR). Shares of Juniper finished the session little changed. Also higher was Foot Locker (FL), up $3.76, or 8.80%, to $46.49 after the athletic shoe and apparel retailer reported earnings and sales that beat estimates and said its first quarter same-store sales are up low-double digits so far. Among the noteworthy losers was FireEye (FEYE), down $8.51, or 9.50%, to $81.04 after the internet security provider launched a 14M share offering of common stock, which was priced at $82.00 per share. Also lower was Progress Software (PRGS), down $2.87, or 11.31%, to $22.51 after cutting its first quarter profit and sales outlook last night. INDEXES: The Dow was up 30.83, or 0.19%, to 16,452.72, the S&P 500 was up 1.01, or 0.05%, to 1,878.04, the Nasdaq was down 15.90, or 0.37%, to 4,336.22.
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September 30, 2015
16:18 EDTFLFoot Locker provides pension plan litigation update
Foot Locker announced that it intends to appeal a U.S. District Court decision issued late yesterday in favor of the plaintiff in the case of Osberg v. Foot Locker, Inc., et al., which involves claims related to the conversion of the company's pension plan in 1996 to a defined benefit plan with a cash balance formula. The company disagrees with the decision. Although it cannot predict the outcome of any appeal, the company continues to believe, as previously indicated in its public filings on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, that the potential plan funding implications of this decision will not have a material adverse effect on the company's consolidated financial position, liquidity, or results of operations, as a whole. Given the company's intention to appeal, no further comments on this case from the company or its executives will be available until further notice.
10:33 EDTPANW, FEYEBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
08:02 EDTPANWTrustwave and Palo Alto announce strategic alliance
Trustwave and Palo Alto announced a strategic alliance designed to bring next-generation managed security services to global, multi-national businesses and government agencies. Under the terms of the agreement, Trustwave has become a global member of the Palo Alto Networks NextWave partner program to provide managed security services for the Palo Alto Networks security platform.
September 29, 2015
05:23 EDTJNPRJuniper to work with British Airways to build private cloud and next-gen core
Juniper (JNPR) announced it will work with global premium airline, British Airways (BAIRY), to build a private cloud data center and IP/MPLS core backbone using Juniper Networks technology. The new private cloud infrastructure will run many of the applications that underpin British Airways' operations, including ticketing, check-in and baggage tracking.
September 28, 2015
07:38 EDTFEYEBox to hold a user conference
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTPANW, FEYECybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
September 25, 2015
10:00 EDTBIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AGCO (AGCO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... ARM Holdings (ARMH) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Actuant (ATU) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Allison Transmission (ALSN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Atara Biotherapeutics (ATRA) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Big Lots (BIG) initiated with a Buy at Citi... CNH Industrial (CNHI) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... CareDx (CDNA) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Caterpillar (CAT) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Cummins (CMI) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Deere (DE) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Genesis Energy (GEL) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Joy Global (JOY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Lincoln Electric (LECO) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Manitowoc (MTW) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Navistar (NAV) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Nevro (NVRO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... PayPal (PYPL) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Quanex (NX) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Team Health (TMH) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Terex (TEX) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... United Rentals (URI) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... WABCO (WBC) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:11 EDTBIGBig Lots initiated with a Buy at Citi
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September 24, 2015
19:52 EDTFLAthletic footwear stocks higher after Nike's earnings report
Athletic footwear makers Skechers USA (SKX) and adidas (ADDYY), sports apparel maker Under Armour (UA), and shoe retailers Foot Locker (FL) and Finish Line (FINL) were all higher in after-hours trading after Nike (NKE) reported better-than-expected first quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: After the bell, Nike reported Q1 earnings per share and revenue of $1.34 and $8.4B, respectively, versus analyst expectations of $1.19 and $8.22B. The company added that it saw mid-single digit revenue growth in both the second quarter and for fiscal year 2016, as well as Q2 gross margins expanding by 25 bps and FY16 gross margins expanding by 50 bps. PRICE ACTION: Nike rose about 8% in after-hours trading, while Skechers USA gained just over 2%, adidas rose fractionally, Under Armour was higher by 2%, Foot Locker gained 1.5%, and Finish Line was up almost 6%.
September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTFEYE, PANWChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
12:36 EDTPANW, FEYEGovernment cyber attack affects larger number of fingerprint data
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12:16 EDTFEYE, PANWPiper says reseller event positive for Palo Alto, Imperva, CyberArk
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says his investor briefing with a large security reseller yielded positive feedback on Palo Alto (PANW), Imperva (IMPV) and CyberArk (CYBR). The reseller's customers' top spending priority is now inside threat protection, which bodes well for Imperva and CyberArk, Nowinski tells investors in a research note. Further, their growth with Palo Alto continues to ramp and should exceed 50% in 2016, the analyst adds. Nowinski found comments around FireEye (FEYE) "slightly more cautious" with some viewing the Mandiant service organization as competitive to their professional service offerings.
11:19 EDTFEYEApple security breach larger than first thought, Sky News says
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07:03 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with Citi
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September 22, 2015
10:36 EDTJNPRGoldman upbeat on telecom equipment, lukewarm on IT hardware
The telecom equipment sector has a number of positive catalysts, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. The firm has a neutral view on the IT Hardware sector, however, noted the analyst team that took over coverage of the stocks in the space. WHAT'S NEW: Telecom equipment companies should benefit from spending on 100G wide area network upgrades between 2015 and 2017, Goldman analyst Simona Jankowski wrote. Also likely to boost the sector is the expansion of cloud providers' private networks, the analyst stated. The latter trend should produce a new market for the sector, Jankowski believes. Within the sector, she kept Buy ratings on Juniper (JNPR), Arris (ARRS) and Ciena (CIEN). The analyst, who has an Attractive view on the Telecom Equipment sector, has a Sell rating on shares of Infinera (INFN), however. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jankowski views the IT hardware sector as a mixed bag. The sector's valuations are attractive, and it is generating strong free cash flow and robust capital returns, the analyst believes. However, it is being hurt by the shift to cloud computing and by foreign exchange fluctuations, Jankowski warned. Within the sector, she downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sell from Neutral and kept a Sell rating on Motorola Solutions (MSI). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Jumiper declined 2% to $25.24, Arris gave back 1.8% to $26.40, Ciena dropped 2% to $21.77, Infinera fell 3.8% to $20.27, NetApp tumbled 4.5% to $29.80 and Motorola Solutions lost 1% to $66.30.
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07:46 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Topeka
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07:26 EDTBIGBig Lots management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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September 20, 2015
15:44 EDTSWYSafeway recalls cheese trays over possible listeria contamination
Safeway announced it is recalling certain "Flight of Cheese" trays prepared in store at Safeway which may contain recalled Yanni and Gopi brand cheese products due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. The products have been sold from Safeway stores in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products, according to Safeway. There have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of these products, said the company.
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