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July 7, 2013
20:01 EDTJNPR, ALU, CSCO, FFIV, VMWVMware, SDN threatens networking hardware makers, Barron's says
SDN, or software-defined networking, could pose a threat to hardware companies like Cisco (CSCO), F5 Networks (FFIV), Juniper Networks (JNPR), and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) as VMware (VMW) could steal business from the companies as SDN gains momentum, Barron's contends in its Technology Trader column. Cisco says that it intends to become a software and services vendor instead of only making hardware, the paper adds. Reference Link
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October 5, 2015
16:00 EDTCSCOOptions Update; October 5, 2015
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14:33 EDTVMWApple won't renew expiring VMware licensing deal, CRN reports
Apple (AAPL) has been using VMware (VMW) software to run parts of its corporate IT infrastructure, but the iPhone giant won't renew an expiring enterprise licensing agreement with VMware and will be stepping up its deployment of an open-source alternative, according to CRN, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the matter. One source said the VMware ELA extension would have cost around $20M, the report noted. VMware shares are still up fractionally in afternoon trading but have slipped from where they were trading before the CRN report was circulated. Reference Link
14:29 EDTVMWApple won't renew expiring VMware licensing deal, CRN reports
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10:27 EDTCSCOFireEye tumbles after competition worries spark downgrade
The shares of IT security company FireEye (FEYE) are sinking after research firm Piper Jaffray downgraded the stock to Neutral from Outperform, warning that the company is facing increased competition and tough comparisons. WHAT'S NEW: The top five firewall vendors are now offering "sandbox" technology that is similar to FireEye's offering, Piper analyst Andrew Nowinski reported. Check Point's (CHKP) SandBlast technology, which is similar to FireEye's offering, has a 12.8% share of the market, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) has identified security as its top priority, and is taking a "software-centric" approach that appears to be "directed at FireEye," Nowinski believes. Additionally, FireEye faces tough comparisons and its valuation "leaves little room for error," according to the analyst, who set a $37 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, FireEye fell 6% to about $31 per share while Check Point rose 0.8% to $81.16.
10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Amicus (FOLD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Chardan... ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Citi... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded at Oppenheimer... BE Aerospace (BEAV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... C1 Financial (BNK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... International Game (IGT) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Keryx (KERX) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Knowles (KN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... OUTFRONT Media (OUT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Phoenix Companies (PNX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... SBA Communications (SBAC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Snap-On (SNA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Johnson Rice... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Axiom... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory... bluebird bio (BLUE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
07:46 EDTJNPRJuniper's Contrail Networking selected by AT&T for Integrated Cloud
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07:45 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded on positive checks at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel upgraded Juniper (JNPR) to Buy from Hold. The firm says that its checks show that the company's routers have "strong traction...with webscale customers." The firm adds that the company's dependency on Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) appears to be declining, while its checks on Juniper's new products have been positive. Target $32.
07:39 EDTJNPRJuniper checks positive, says Wells Fargo
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07:14 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a conference
2015 Cisco Global Editors Conference is being held in San Jose, California on October 5-6 with webcasted keynote presentation to begin on October 5 at 11:45 am. Webcast Link
07:08 EDTFFIVFireEye enters global partnership with F5 Networks
FireEye (FEYE) and F5 Networks (FFIV) announced a global partnership to defend against the evolving security threats to the enterprise. Customers will benefit from comprehensive security solutions that integrate application delivery infrastructure from F5 and advanced threat protection from FireEye Network Security. The agreement also includes a unified approach to worldwide sales, deployment and support, thereby helping to ensure the best possible end-to-end experience for customers.
06:32 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
October 2, 2015
15:14 EDTFFIVAs many as 4.6M Scottrade users' data exposed in breach, KrebsonSecurity says
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09:47 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a news conference
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09:36 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTVMWVMware downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global
09:30 EDTCSCOCisco to participate in a conference call with Raymond James
John Brigden, Senior Vice President of Software Strategy & Operations at Cisco Systems, provides an outline of the company's software strategy, portfolio and benefits to customers on a conference call to be held on October 2 at 12 pm hosted by Raymond James. Webcast Link
October 1, 2015
06:01 EDTALUAcacia Research signs patent license agreement with Alcatel-Lucent USA
Acacia Research's (ACTG) Labyrinth Optical Technologies subsidiary has entered into a settlement and patent license agreement with Alcatel Lucent (ALU) USA. The agreement resolves litigation that was pending in the U.S. Court for the Central District of California.
September 30, 2015
10:33 EDTFFIVBattleground: 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.
08:08 EDTCSCOBroadSoft can be a 'significantly larger' company, says Jefferies
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06:12 EDTVMWEMC's Goulden: Breaking off VMware 'wrong thing to do,' Re/code reports
EMC (EMC) president David Goulden said his firm will try to maintain its complex corporate structure amid pressure to spin off its stake in VMware (VMW), Re/code reports. "We believe strongly that breaking up is the wrong thing to do," Goulden said in an interview at Re/code's Code/Enterprise Series event. Reference Link
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