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March 11, 2014
06:36 EDTPFPT, PANW, TGT, CUDA, FEYE, FFIV, QLYS, SYMC, IMPV, FTNT, INTC, CHKPMcAfee says Target attack was carried out by service industry, Re/code reports
Last year's cyberattacks on Target (TGT) was carried out by a service industry that caters to hackers and identity thieves, Intel's (INTC) McAfee Labs stated in its quarterly report published yesterday, according to Re/code. The attack on Target was the industry's "coming of age," Re/code quoted McAfee Labs as saying. Publicly traded companies in the cybersecurity space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
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May 19, 2015
12:55 EDTINTCPC related stocks struggle after Morgan Stanley says PC turn won't come until Q3
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12:47 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Target sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, 2%-3% sales growth
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.03 on revenue of $17.09B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.09 on revenue of $16.98B-$17.25B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.50 on revenue of $21.75B, beating analysts' estimates for $1.46 and $21.63B, respectively. The company said comparable sales increased 3.8% in Q4, reflecting a 3.2% increase in comparable transactions. Target said digital channel sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to SSS growth. Target forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 95c-$1.05, SSS up about 2% and said its top priority is to drive digital sales growth. The company said it could be in a position to revisit stock buybacks later this year and noted that its workers' wages are "competitive." NEWS: At its Financial Community Meeting on March 3, Target forecast fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, against estimates at that time for $4.50, on sales growth of 2%-3% for the fiscal year. The company also forecast 10% annual EPS growth for 2016 and beyond, as well as 5%-10% annual dividend growth. Target forecast $2B in savings in expenses and cost of goods over the next two years and 9.5%-10% EBITDA margins over the next five years. As for share repurchases, Target sees $2B this year, and said it continues to support the dividend and repurchase "billions." Looking to FY15, Target forecast FY15 capital expenditures of $2.1B and sees expected CapEx of $2B-$2.5B over the next five years. Target said its gross margin rate of 29.5% is "achievable." Target said it would focus on categories including style, baby, kids and wellness. As part of its $2B cost savings plan, Target said it will cut "several thousand jobs." Target said in a filing that on March 10, the company notified approximately 1,700 employees whose employment will be terminated as part of an overall plan to transform Targetís business. The company said it expects to incur severance costs of $10M. During the quarter, Target said it planned to raise its minimum pay for all workers to at least $9 an hour starting in April, according to The Wall Street Journal, and agreed to pay $10M to settle a class action lawsuit related to its 2013 data breach, Reuters reported. Target reached a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to resolve claims by MasterCard and its issuers related to the retailerís 2013 data breach. Under the agreement, Target will make available up to $19M in alternative recovery offers to eligible banks and credit unions across the globe. Target Canada said it would close the last 133 retail stores by April 12. Target also announced plans to sell its Target Commercial Interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace. The retailer launched the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection in April, which rendered its website inaccessible for short time after it was overwhelmed by customer traffic, The WSJ said. The WSJ also reported that, according to sources, Target gave notice to Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Kellogg (K), Kraft Foods (KRFT) and others that it will reduce their presence in Target circulars and in-store advertisements. STREET RESEARCH: Following Target's analyst meeting, Wells Fargo said it thinks the company's operating plan sets the stage for the company to potentially beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. The firm believes that"outsized digital growth" or new products could enable Target's results to beat expectations. Piper Jaffray views Target's long term earnings algorithm, which is based on a 1% store comp and 40% growth in digital sales annually, as realistic and the company's capital deployment as encouraging. BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Buy from Neutral in April and increased its price target to $92 from $86. The firm believes Target is well positioned to benefit from an improving middle-income core customer base. The firm said customers are responding well to improved assortment and merchandising and expects Target to continue to see increased spending at stores and online as customers trade-up to more expensive items. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 1.6% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.51% to $77.96.
12:36 EDTSYMCSymantec management to meet with Jefferies
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11:15 EDTINTCAnalyst says Intel takeover of Altera more likely than not
Citi, in a note to investors today, said that the chances of Altera (ALTR) being acquired by Intel (INTC) were greater than 50%. The note comes after multiple news outlets reported yesterday that the two companies have resumed talks about Intel buying the smaller chip maker. ANALYST REACTION: News reports suggest that the odds of Intel buying Altera seem to have increased, wrote Citi analyst Christopher Danely. A deal is more likely to occur than not, according to the analyst. However, he does not believe that the transaction is a done deal. Moreover, the analyst kept a Neutral rating on Intel shares, saying that he does not anticipate changing his rating even if a takeover is consummated. In its own note on Altera this morning, Pacific Crest said it views the breakdown in Dennard scaling and Dark Silicon as an underappreciated positive for the maker of field-programmable gate arrays. The firm sees fair value for Altera at $55-$60 and still thinks that an acquisition by Intel makes sense strategically. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Altera added 0.5% to $47.16, while Intel fell 1% to $33.06.
09:17 EDTINTCAltera has 'underappreciated' positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
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08:34 EDTINTCApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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08:33 EDTINTCMorgan Stanley cautious in near-term on PC names
Morgan Stanley is more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team continues to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. Morgan Stanley is cautiously optimistic on Western Digital (WDC) due to its diverse revenue drivers, sees value creation catalysts for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and believes Microsoft (MSFT) shares reflect the challenging PC market and Win 10. The firm is more cautious on semis such as NVIDIA (NVDA) given higher valuations, share loss at Advanced Micro (AMD), potential 2H margin pressure at Intel (INTC), and Morgan is cautious on PC DRAM stocks near-term due to weaker pricing.
08:10 EDTCUDATech Data announces agreement with Barracuda Networks
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07:13 EDTPFPTProofpoint can beat expectations over next few years, says Wells Fargo
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06:10 EDTINTCCiti sees over 50% chance of Intel buying Altera
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05:42 EDTPFPTProofpoint added to Priority Stock List at Wells Fargo
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May 18, 2015
12:51 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:42 EDTSYMCSymantec to receive Veritas bids in 'next few weeks,' dealReporter says
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10:40 EDTINTCIntel, Altera held principal to principal talks late last week, Faber says
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09:11 EDTINTCIntel, Altera held 'principal to principal' talks last week, CNBC reports
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09:06 EDTFEYEFireEye announces strategic alliance with ACE Group
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09:01 EDTFEYEMarsh, FireEye announce collaboration to offer cybersecurity readiness service
Marsh (MMC) and FireEye (FEYE) announced a collaboration to offer clients Marsh Cyber OASIS. This service is designed to assists clients by providing an objective evaluation of their organizationís ability to detect and respond to cyber-attacks, and the strength of their technical infrastructure.
08:11 EDTFTNTFortinet signs CRADA with DHS
Fortinet announced that it has signed a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, with the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS. With the CRADA in place, Fortinet can now share and gain access to new threat information in order to help improve threat detection and prevention for users of Fortinet security solutions. The CRADA will allow Fortinet to participate in the Cyber Information and Sharing and Collaboration Program, or CISCP, which entails sharing cyber threat, incident, and vulnerability information in near real-time, drawing on data of observed threat activity submitted by CISCP participants.
07:06 EDTINTCAltera back in talks with Intel about potential takeover, NY Post says
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May 17, 2015
19:11 EDTTGTTarget to reduce advertising space for certain large brands, WSJ says
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