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May 20, 2014
07:57 EDTIBM, EMC, NYT, SEAS, VZ, WU, CBSO, VMW, WDC, FEYEJPMorgan to hold a conference
Technology, Media & Telecom Conference to be held in Boston on May 19-21 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 20 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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February 24, 2015
15:46 EDTVMWJuniper CIO leaving company for same role at VMware, Business Insider says
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14:43 EDTSEASSeaWorld volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:13 EDTVZU.S. Cellular lowering prices on shared connect plans
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10:28 EDTFEYEAnalyst sees 'massive' IT security upgrade cycle still in early innings
A number of trends are spurring businesses and the government to spend aggressively on cyber security offerings, benefiting companies in the IT security sector, wrote research firm FBR Capital in a note to investors today. In conjunction, the firm raised its price target on a number of stocks in the sector. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives believes that spending on advanced cyber security products has increased this quarter. The ongoing series of well-publicized cyber attacks on large companies is causing businesses to become more concerned about protecting themselves from this threat, according to Ive, who believes that advanced IT security products have "massive," once in a multi-decade growth potential. Data points indicate that enterprises are looking to buy more advanced firewall/cloud security solutions, while the sizes of purchases by customers in the space have increased. Meanwhile, given the high priority that the Obama administration has placed on cyber security, the federal government's spending on IT security is likely to rise in the coming quarters and years, Ives wrote. Forecasting a 20% increase in overall cyber security spending this year, the analyst believes that the following companies should benefit disproportionately from the positive trends, since they have "the right products at the right time:" Palo Alto (PANW), FireEye (FEYE), Proofpoint (PFPT), Check Point (CHKP), and Fortinet (FTNT). The analyst raised his price target on Fortinet to $39 from $36, on Palo Alto to $160 from $121, on Proofpoint to $67 from $60, and on Check Point to $93 from $85. He kept Outperform ratings on all the stocks named. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In its own note to investors, RBC Capital said it expects Palo Alto to report stronger than expected Q2 results, driven by "impressive" revenue and margin improvements. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $150 from $145 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION:In early trading, Palo Alto added 0.2% to $138.41, FireEye advanced 1.2% to $43.87, Proofpoint lost slipped fractionally to $56.55, Check Point rose 0.5% at $82.77, and Fortinet gained 1.3% to $33.76.
09:56 EDTVMWVMware large DoD contract likely to be delayed, says Nomura
Nomura said competitors have protested VMware's large Defense Information Systems Agency $1.6B over 5-year contract expected to have been awarded to the company by the end of March. The firm expects a delay in the ward and for the scope of the contract to be modified. Nomura said its unclear how much of the contract is incremental business vs. renewals and weather renewals will be delayed. Shares of VMware are Neutral rated with a $95 price target.
08:32 EDTFEYEFBR checks show strong cybersecurity deal momentum
FBR Capital raised its price targets in the next-generation cybersecurity space after its channel checks showed strong deal momentum so far in the March quarter. The firm believes the "massive upgrade cycle" for next-generation cybersecurity remains in the early days. It raised its price target for Fortinet (FTNT) to $39 from $36, for Palo Alto (PANW) to $160 from $121, for FireEye (FEYE) to $53 from $45, for Proofpoint (PFPT) to $67 from $60 and for Check Point (CHKP) to $93 from $85.
February 23, 2015
14:24 EDTIBMIBM signs strategic teaming agreement with Tech Mahindra
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12:28 EDTVZGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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10:51 EDTFEYEStocks with call strike movement; FEYE AAL
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10:32 EDTFEYEFireEye falls, levels to watch
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10:15 EDTFEYECyberArk sinks after JPMorgan analyst cuts rating to sell
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09:02 EDTVZVerizon to sell BlackBerry Classic for $100, CrackBerry says
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February 20, 2015
13:56 EDTVZAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks Ė not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
11:37 EDTIBMIBM volatility low into host investor day
IBM February weekly call option implied volatility is at 17, March is at 15, July is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing movement into a company hosted investor day to be held in New York on February 26.
09:08 EDTFEYEFireEye price target raised to $50 from $44 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on FireEye to $50 from $44 following meetings with management. The firm cited improved business trends, new partnerships and higher state and local government spending. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on FireEye shares.
07:08 EDTNYTAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
15:32 EDTIBMIBM to host investor day
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08:48 EDTVMWVMware to hold a conference call with Jefferies
Jefferies Analyst John DiFucci co-hosts a conference call to discuss the VMware vSphere 6 and VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) on February 19 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
07:12 EDTIBMWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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06:24 EDTVZVerizon names John Stratton as head of wireless and wireline operations
Verizon said in a filing that on February 17, the company reorganized its operating structure. John G. Stratton, formerly Verizonís EVP and President Ė Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Operations, with operational responsibility for Verizonís wireless and wireline businesses. Stratton will continue to report to Lowell C. McAdam, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. Daniel S. Mead, formerly Verizonís EVP and President and CEOĖ Verizon Wireless, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Strategic Initiatives, with responsibility for directing the transfer of Verizonís wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications Corporation. Mead will continue to report to McAdam. Mead expects to retire following the completion of the strategic initiatives on which he is working.
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