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ANET

Arista Networks

$94.57

6.59 (7.49%)

, CSCO

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0.13 (0.43%)

14:46
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Arista Networks jumps after favorable customs ruling

Shares of Arista Networks (ANET) are on the rise after the networking equipment maker received a letter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection saying the company's products containing redesigned extensible operating system, or EOS, are not within the scope of a limited exclusion order issued by U.S. International Trade Commission following Cisco Systems' (CSCO) lawsuits. CUSTOMS RULING: Arista announced in a regulatory filing earlier that it has received a letter from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection ruling that the company's current products which contain its redesigned EOS are not within the scope of the limited exclusion order issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission, or ITC, and therefore may be imported into the U.S. Following Cisco's initial complaint accusing Arista of infringing six patents relating to five different features of EOS, the ITC had determined that the prior versions of EOS contained two features that indeed infringed three patents and issued a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order that prohibited the latter from importing infringing products. To address these findings, Arista released the redesigned EOS for its products. On August 24, Cisco filed an enforcement action against its competitor asserting that it was violating the limited exclusion order, the filing explained. POSSIBLE IMPORT WINDOW: Commenting on the Customs and Border Protection's ruling, JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall noted that the decision came earlier than he had expected and added that it is "positive news" for the networking equipment maker. Further, the analyst pointed out that this early 944 ruling may open a short window during which Arista can import all products manufactured overseas as well as components associated with them. Nonetheless, Hall noted that the second ITC 945 case ruling, which is a separate ongoing lawsuit also filed by Cisco, has not yet been announced, but is expected by the end of this year. Should the 945 ruling go against the company, the analyst would expect a similar timeline to the 944, with products again being banned for import for some period of time until a workaround is approved by Customs, he contended. He reiterated a Neutral rating on Arista's shares. Following the ruling, JMP Securities analyst Erik Suppiger told investors in a research note of his own that he believes the decision will remove a "significant overhang" from the stock, and will allow Arista to re-engage with component suppliers outside of the U.S. for shipments to the country, helping to reduce supply constraints and fill excess demand created over the last couple quarters. Moreover, the analyst noted that a positive ruling from the Customs and Border Protection should reduce friction in the sales process for Arista. Suppiger increased his price target on Arista's shares to $115 from $87. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Arista have gained more than 7% to $94.29.

ANET

Arista Networks

$94.57

6.59 (7.49%)

CSCO

Cisco

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0.13 (0.43%)

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ANET Arista Networks
$94.57

6.59 (7.49%)

10/25/16
ARGS
10/25/16
INITIATION
Target $107
ARGS
Buy
Arista Networks initiated with a Buy at Argus
Argus analysts Jim Kelleher and Mike Jaffe initiated Arista Networks with a Buy and a $107 price target. They said Arista continues to benefit from the multiyear shift to cloud networking from legacy IT silos and the shares discount appears excessive based on our growth projections.
10/31/16
NEED
10/31/16
NO CHANGE
Target $110
NEED
Buy
Arista Networks price target raised to $110 from $105 at Needham
Needham analyst Alex Henderson raised his price target for Arista Networks (ANET) to $110 from $105, saying the "strong growth" from Amazon (AMZN) Web Services and Microsoft's (MSFT) Azure are "strongly suggestive" of robust demand for Arista gear in the Web 2.0 space. The analyst reiterates a Buy rating on Arista Networks' shares.
11/18/16
STFL
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INITIATION
STFL
Buy
Arista Networks coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
Stifel analyst Aaron Rakers resumed coverage of Arista with a Buy rating. The analyst believes that the company is well-positioned to benefit from "disruptive architectural shifts" in the concentrated networking market. He also expects the company to expand its routing business. Target $102.
11/21/16
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NO CHANGE
Target $115
JMPS
Arista Networks price target raised to $115 from $87 at JMP Securities
CSCO Cisco
$30.18

0.13 (0.43%)

11/17/16
OPCO
11/17/16
NO CHANGE
Target $34
OPCO
Outperform
Cisco disappointing guidance reflects product portfolio issues, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron notes that Cisco reported in-line results, but its guidance was soft, with cautious commentary highlighting emerging market and service provider headwinds and a general hesitation to spend. The analyst believes the disappointing guidance also reflects several product portfolio issues that need to be addressed. Nonetheless, he says the company continues to demonstrate superior execution and is doing well repositioning around cloud/recurring revenue. Kidron remains positive long term on this shift, and reiterates an Outperform rating and $34 price target on the shares.
11/17/16
FBCO
11/17/16
NO CHANGE
Target $25
FBCO
Underperform
Cisco has limited upside from here, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha sees limited upside from here for Cisco shares and maintains his Underperform rating and $25 price target. The analyst said Cisco continues to struggle to grow its switching business and fears it faces increasing pressures, as the company continues to lose market share in the datacenter switching segment. Further, Garcha believes Cisco is running out of levers to offset switching declines and is concerned margins may have peaked, despite restructuring efforts.
11/18/16
STFL
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INITIATION
STFL
Hold
Cisco coverage resumed with a Hold at Stifel
Stifel analyst Aaron Rakers resumed coverage of Cisco with a Hold rating, saying that he thinks that the stock is nearing its fair value. Target $34.
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