Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

New Products, An Improving Market Helping Fortinet

Looking at the pace of upgrades, Wall Street has fallen back in love with Fortinet (NASDAQ:FTNT) and its growth potential in the unified threat management world. From 12 strong buy/buy ratings three months ago to 18 today, the shares have gone from a sub-$17 dip in early December back into the low $20's. Perhaps just as important, though, is a more general recovery in security market conditions for Fortinet, Check Point (NASDAQ:CHKP), and Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW).

Execution is still a concern, as the company needs to reverse this recent slide in margins. Likewise, there are still questions as to whether Fortinet's proprietary ASIC-driven performance advantages can stay relevant as the security market evolves....

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