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

Check Point Software - Solid Performance, Familiar Worries

The more things change, the more they stay the same for Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP). While this Israeli IT security company still has a leading presence in enterprise IT security and margins that many CEOs could only dream of, a segment of the investing world remains steadfast that the company is doomed to lose share to Palo Alto (NYSE:PANW), Fortinet (NASDAQ:FTNT), and other relative newcomers over time.

To be fair, Check Point has lost market share ... but the erosion seen in recent years has been less than the bears predicted. What's more, while Check Point's "fast follower" strategy means it will always arrive after the party has started, the company seems to

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