FireEye (FEYE) Stock Gains After 'Buy' Rating Reiterated

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- FireEye (FEYE) shares are up 0.38% to $52.63 in afternoon trading on Tuesday after the cyber security company had its "buy" rating reiterated with a $62 price target by analysts at Wunderlich.

The price target represents a potential upside of 17.8%.

Analysts at the firm said that the company is "well positioned and significantly differentiated to benefit from the strong security tailwind."

"In our opinion, FEYE's "Detect, Prevent, Analyze and Respond" platform remains a top priority for enterprise focused companies. Based on our recent meeting with FEYE, its TAP cloud analytics combines real-time touch points with an unmatched forensic solution and services," said analysts.

Insight from TheStreet Research Team

FireEye was recently the subject of a Real Money Pro blog post by analyst Robert Lang entitled "FireEye Stock Is 'En Fuego'". Here is what Lang had to say about the stock.

Cybersecurity has become big business. Every week, it seems we are hearing about some breach of important data files by some hacker threatening to steal information that could cost someone many millions of dollars. In fact, last week we heard of not one but two such intrusions into Federal employee files. If it's easy for the government to be victimized then really anyone or anything is vulnerable.

FireEye and others in this group like CyberArk (CYBR) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are all the rage this year, as they are the perceived victors of investment by companies in their own protection. As it relates to the charts, the market believes it as well. FireEye is well off its all-time highs, but is at yearly highs in this very sloppy and choppy market, which is quite the feat. This is a stock that has potential for growth but is just in the proving stages.

-Robert Lang, 'FireEye Stock Is 'En Fuego', 6/17/2015

TheStreet Ratings team rates FIREEYE INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FIREEYE INC (FEYE) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry average. The net income has significantly decreased by 32.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$101.21 million to -$133.96 million.
  • FIREEYE INC's earnings per share declined by 15.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FIREEYE INC reported poor results of -$3.13 versus -$0.45 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$1.80 versus -$3.13).
  • The gross profit margin for FIREEYE INC is currently very high, coming in at 79.68%. Regardless of FEYE's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FEYE's net profit margin of -106.85% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, FIREEYE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • FEYE has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, FEYE has a quick ratio of 1.67, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: FEYE Ratings Report

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