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May 9, 2014
12:01 EDTCHKP, PFPT, PANW, FEYE, FFIV, QLYS, CUDA, IMPV, FTNT, SYMCSymantec advances after profit beats expectations
Shares of IT security company Symantec (SYMC) are climbing after the company reported higher than expected profit for its fiscal fourth quarter and provided full-year profit guidance that also beat analysts' consensus estimate. WHAT'S NEW: Symantec reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 47c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 42c. The company's revenue came in slightly below expectations. Symantec's revenue fell 7% last quarter versus the same period a year earlier, but the company said it expects its revenue to resume increasing year-over-year in the second half of fiscal 2015. Moreover, Symantec provided fiscal 2015 EPS guidance of $1.84-$1.92, versus the consensus estimate of $1.83. Its fiscal 2015 revenue guidance was in-line with expectations. "Our fourth quarter results, led by better performance from our sales teams and cost reductions, demonstrate the underlying health of our business," said Symantec's interim CEO,Michael Brown. "There are substantial opportunities for us to improve our growth profile, maximize profitability and create value, and I'm confident we have the right team and plans in place to achieve our objectives," added Brown. The company is leading an active search for a permanent CEO, and has hired executive search firm Russell Reynolds to assist with the process, Brown reported. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Jopel Fishbein wrote that Symantec is "showing signs of life." The company's billings trends improved, representing a good start for its turnaround efforts, Fishbein wrote. The analyst stated that he was "cautiously optimistic" about Symantec and continues to believe that the stock holds unlocked value. He kept an Outperform rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded IT security companies include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), and Qualys (QLYS). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Symantec jumped 3.6% to $20.86.
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November 23, 2015
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.
09:02 EDTFTNTFortinet hires Tyson Macaulay as Chief Security Strategist
Fortinet announced that it has expanded its information security services with the appointment of security industry veteran Tyson Macaulay as Chief Security Strategist and vice president of consulting services. In this newly created role, Macaulay will be a trusted advisor to C-Level enterprise customers, helping them take a holistic approach to managing their data security environments in a threat landscape that is rapidly changing and evolving. Macaulay joins Fortinet from Intel Security, where he served as the Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications Strategy and played an instrumental role in developing security solutions and sales channels through tier-1 carriers, service providers, and telecommunications equipment manufacturers.
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
10:02 EDTFEYEFireEye November calls active on renewed takeover chatter
FireEye November calls 22.5 and 23 calls are active on total call volume of 7K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover chatter. November call option implied volatility 74, December is at 54; compared to its 52-week range of 37 to 78. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
07:15 EDTPANW, FTNTPalo Alto Fortinet seen as potential Cisco takeover targets, says Oppenheimer
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November 18, 2015
09:34 EDTFEYEActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTCHKPCheck Point removed from US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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07:59 EDTPFPTUBS to hold a conference
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November 17, 2015
16:08 EDTFEYESynopsys notifies on unauthorized access to web portal
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11:35 EDTSYMCFinancing backing Carlyle's purchase of Symantec's Veritas pulled, Reuters says
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08:16 EDTQLYSBTIG to hold a summit
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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.
07:56 EDTFEYEUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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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November 16, 2015
06:13 EDTFEYECyberArk CEO: Lack of data breaches won't hurt company, Bloomberg says
CyberArk (CYBR) is distancing itself from FireEye (FEYE), saying that the lack of security breaches won't hurt the company, Bloomberg reports, citing comments from CyberArk CEO Udi Mokady. FireEye blamed a lull in cyber attacks for its downbeat quarterly earnings, the report says. "That is totally not the case in our world," Mokady said by phone from San Francisco last week. "It's not our business model -- our model is to put in private account security ahead of time, and we're seeing increased demand, increased awareness of that." Reference Link
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