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  • bmc3004 bmc3004 Jul 24, 2014 12:59 PM Flag

    Analyst says Barracuda weakness may be based on misunderstanding

    Analyst says Barracuda weakness may be based on misunderstanding

    Shares of IT security company Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are lower this afternoon and the slide has been attributed to comments by another company in the sector, Fortinet (FTNT), but investors may be misinterpreting Fortinet's remarks, JPMorgan wrote in a note to investors earlier today.

    WHAT'S NEW: During its earnings conference call last night, Fortinet talked about focusing on midmarket corporate customers, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty wrote in a note to investors earlier today. As a result, investors may believe that Barrcauda, which focuses on that market, could encounter increased competition, Auty stated. However, Barrcauda and Fortinet are both benefiting as older companies - including Juniper (JNPR) and Dell - reduce their focus on the mid-market, the analyst contended. Additionally, Fortinet is focusing more on larger companies with up to 10,000 employees, while Barracuda continues to focus on companies with less than 5,000 employees, according to Auty.

    He kept a $39 price target and Overweight rating on Barracuda. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Barracuda fell 4.5% to $28.98. Fortinet, which reported better than expected revenue and profits and saw its price target raised by several firms, advanced 7% to $25.69.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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