|Bid||108.70 x 1000|
|Ask||108.77 x 800|
|Day's Range||107.99 - 109.08|
|52 Week Range||98.57 - 132.76|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.72|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||21.26|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Researchers at Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. have discovered a flaw in one of the most-deployed pieces of software in the world that undergirds the contacts list on Apple Inc. iPhones and plays an important in nearly every popular computing platform.
(Bloomberg) -- A cybersecurity firm says it has identified flaws in the popular messaging app WhatsApp that could allow hackers to manipulate messages in both public and private conversations, raising the prospect of misinformation being spread by what appears to be trusted sources.Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., an Israeli company that provides security for computer networks, said its researchers found three potential ways to alter conversations. One uses the "quote" feature in a group conversation to change the appearance of the identity of a sender. Another lets a hacker change the text of someone else’s reply. And the other, which has been fixed, would let a person send a private message to another group participant disguised as a public message to all, so when the targeted individual responded, it was visible to everyone in the conversation.“We carefully reviewed this issue a year ago and it is false to suggest there is a vulnerability with the security we provide on WhatsApp,” a spokesperson for Facebook Inc., which owns WhatsApp, said in an emailed statement. “The scenario described here is merely the mobile equivalent of altering replies in an email thread to make it look like something a person didn’t write. We need to be mindful that addressing concerns raised by these researchers could make WhatsApp less private - such as storing information about the origin of messages.”The flaws could have significant consequences because WhatsApp has about 1.5 billion users, and is used for personal conversations, business communications and political messaging, said Oded Vanunu, Check Point’s head of products vulnerability research.Check Point said it alerted WhatsApp about the flaws late last year. But the company said only one of the flaws -- disguising a private message as one that becomes visible to an entire group -- has been addressed. Vanunu said his company is working with WhatsApp, but the other problems were difficult to solve because of the messaging app’s encryption.(Updates with WhatsApp comment in third paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Andrew Martin in New York at email@example.com;Kartikay Mehrotra in San Francisco at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tom Giles at email@example.com, Andrew Martin, Anne VanderMeyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Check Point (CHKP) reports solid Q2 earnings driven by growth in security subscriptions, including advanced threat prevention and CloudGuard suite.
Network security provider Check Point Software Technologies reported quarterly net profit in line with forecasts thanks to growth in security subscriptions revenues, and affirmed its outlook for the year. For the third quarter the company forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.36-$1.44 on revenue of $480-$500 million, in line with analysts' estimates of EPS of $1.41 and revenue of $491 million. It reiterated the company's full year outlook for revenue of $1.94-$2.04 billion and adjusted EPS of $5.85-$6.25.
Check Point (CHKP) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 0.73% and 0.11%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
Check Point's (CHKP) Q2 results are likely to benefit from rapid adoption of its cloud, mobile and zero-day advanced threat prevention technologies.
Check Point (CHKP) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd NASDAQ/NGS:CHKPView full report here! Summary * Bearish sentiment is moderate * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate Bearish sentimentShort interest | NeutralShort interest is moderate for CHKP with between 5 and 10% of shares outstanding currently on loan. The last change in the short interest score occurred more than 1 month ago and implies that there has been little change in sentiment among investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NeutralETF activity is neutral. ETFs that hold CHKP had net inflows of $3.98 billion over the last one-month. While these are not among the highest inflows of the last year, the rate of inflow is increasing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Technology sector is rising. The rate of growth is very weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, and has continued to ease. However, the rate of expansion may accelerate in the coming months. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to firstname.lastname@example.org.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
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(Bloomberg) -- In one of the largest malware campaigns to exploit Facebook Inc., a suspected Libyan hacker lured tens of thousands of people into exposing personal information and granting access to personal devices, Israeli cyber security company Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. said.A Facebook page impersonating Khalifa Haftar, the head of a militia fighting Libya’s internationally recognized government, was Check Point’s first clue to an attack that had been going on for five years, the company said. Repetitive spelling mistakes in Arabic that suggested dyslexia helped researchers track other pages set up by the hacker, who used an avatar called Dexter Ly, it added.“Facebook is not widely used to infect people with malware,” said Lotem Finkelstein, Check Point’s head of research. “This is probably one of the biggest malware campaigns using the platform.”While Facebook itself wasn’t breached, according to Check Point, the hack highlighted how social media platforms can be abused to carry out attacks. In all, about 50,000 users from North Africa, Europe and the U.S. clicked on infected links that included alleged reports from Libyan intelligence units exposing Qatar or Turkey as conspiring against Libya, or bogus photos of a purportedly captured pilot who tried to bomb Libya, Check Point said. Others were supposed to lead to mobile recruitment sites for Haftar’s armed forces.Facebook said it couldn’t confirm the figures.Under FireFacebook users have been previously hit by malware attackers, include a 2017 hack that used its Messenger feature to infect computers with malware that mined cryptocurrency. Facebook and other social companies have also come under assault for failing to curb fake news on their platforms. Facebook has said it removed 2.2 billion fake accounts in the first quarter alone.The suspected Libyan hacker has since shared sensitive information culled through the attack, including secret Libyan government documents as well as emails, phone numbers and pictures of passports belonging to officials, Check Point said in a blog post. The secret documents included policy updates and internal intelligence reports from foreign embassies in Libya and Libyan embassies abroad.Check Point started tracing the hacker after its research team discovered a file that looked suspicious and followed the trail.”These pages and accounts violated our policies and we took them down after Check Point reported them to us,” Facebook said in an emailed statement. “We are continuing to invest heavily in technology to keep malicious activity off Facebook, and we encourage people to remain vigilant about clicking on suspicious links or downloading untrusted software.”Political StrifeHaftar’s forces are battling fighters loyal to Libya’s internationally recognized government. His troops were pushed out of a strategic city south of the capital in late June, his biggest setback since he swept the country’s south in early 2019 and launched an offensive in April to seize Tripoli.The hacker, an Arabic-speaker, used his knowledge of Libya’s political strife to draw Facebook users to more than 30 pages he either commandeered or impersonated, Check Point said. The majority of the pages offered news from cities including the capital, Tripoli, and Benghazi, while others supported political campaigns or military operations.“This was unique in its scope of actual and potential victims, as well as in the length of the campaign,” Finkelstein said. “It was also sophisticated in its use of phishing topics, topics that used credible knowledge to lure people into following the Facebook pages and then clicking on the links.”To contact the reporter on this story: Gwen Ackerman in Jerusalem at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Riad Hamade at firstname.lastname@example.org, Amy Teibel, Giles TurnerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) has pulled back in recent weeks from its post-dot-com boom highs. Cisco stock fell back after rising by almost 43% in less than four months. Since hitting that high, CSCO stock has declined to the $52 a share level.Source: Shutterstock Now flirting with correction territory, many wonder if CSCO will fall further as it reports earnings on Wednesday after the market close. If so, with its double-digit profit growth and the future in 5G, I see CSCO stock as a buy on any pullback. Earnings and Sales Beats Could Boost Cisco StockFor its third quarter, Wall Street expects Cisco to report earnings of 77 cents per share. If this holds, that would represent a 16.7% increase from year-ago levels of 66 cents per share. Analysts also forecast revenues of $12.9 billion. This would stand as a 3.5% increase from the same quarter last year when the company brought in $12.46 billion.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Great Stocks to Buy on Dips Cisco stock has developed a reputation for frequently beating earnings over the last 20-plus years. I do not expect anything different this quarter. The company has worked to restore its reputation for something it has seen little of since the 1990s tech boom -- stock price increases. Since the beginning of 2016, CSCO stock has more than doubled in value. Last month, it reached its highest level since the fall of 2000 before pulling back. Wi-Fi 6, 5G Will Drive CSCO StockMoreover, as my InvestorPlace colleague Bret Kenwell points out, the San Jose-based networking giant leads the way in the emerging Wi-Fi 6. The Wi-Fi 6 networking stack will offer 400% greater capacity and better performance in high-density areas. Though it lacks the publicity surrounding 5G, where Cisco has pursued a "cloud-to-client" approach, it could become just as significant in many respects. Furthermore, the company's moves into software and network security have also improved the fortunes of Cisco stock.Detractors point out that this is not the 1990s, and companies such as Check Point Software (NASDAQ:CHKP), Arista Networks (NASDAQ:ANET), and Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ:PANW) present genuine competitive threats. Still, while vendors certainly have other choices, Cisco brings a measure of stability and income not found in newer names. Favorable Financial Metrics RemainCase in point, CSCO stock trades at a price-to-earnings (PE) ratio that compares well to its younger peers. This valuation stands at around 19.5 times earnings, and it falls to a PE of 15.4 on a forward basis. Moreover, analysts predict the company will deliver profit growth rates of 18.1% this fiscal year and 10.1% in fiscal 2020.The 19.5x PE comes in at the high end of ranges seen in recent years. If the re-emergence of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) serves as an example, Cisco stock could benefit from multiple expansion. Even if that does not occur, the profit growth rates alone make double-digit returns in CSCO stock likely.Investors should also remember one additional benefit to Cisco stock that did not exist in the 1990s -- the dividend. Since the company began paying a dividend in 2011, it has increased its payout every year. The most recent increase went into effect in April. Now at an annual payout of $1.40 per share, the yield stands at around 2.5%. * 7 Dangerous Dividend Stocks to Stay Far Away From The eight-year streak is a long enough time that the equity's price will depend heavily on annual payout hikes. I even speculated that Cisco stock would achieve dividend aristocrat status (meaning 25-plus years of annual payout hikes) in 17 years. Time will tell if that occurs. Still, for investors wanting a growth and income play in the networking sector, I see CSCO stock as one of the top choices in the coming years. Final Thoughts on Cisco StockCisco stock has become a buy on any pullback, and pull back it has. The stock has corrected following a 40%-plus move higher from its December lows. Now, predictions for the upcoming earnings report strongly indicate that its double-digit growth will continue.If its track record serves as an indication, Cisco stock should beat earnings by at least a penny per share. Bolstered by a move into security and software, as well as its position in both 5G and WiFi 6, Cisco's double-digit profit growth should continue for years to come. It could benefit further if CSCO stock sees Microsoft-like multiple expansion. Moreover, the eight-year track record of payout hikes adds a growing income stream to add to the returns.Perhaps Cisco stock rose too far and too fast over the last few months. Admittedly, it makes buying into earnings a riskier prospect despite a recent pullback. However, even with this potential hiccup, the likely rewards in CSCO stock outweigh the possible risks.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Cloud Stocks to Buy on Overcast Days * 6 Stable Stocks Worth Buying for Protection * 5 Active Vanguard Funds That You Have to Own Compare Brokers The post Thanks to 5G and Wi-Fi 6, Cisco Stock Remains A Buy Going Into Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Tech Stocks: Checking In after Some Recent Falls(Continued from Prior Part)Stock returnsCheck Point (CHKP) stock was another company that we had identified as an overvalued stock in April. Check Point stock has since declined by 10.5% to close