Monday, July 29, 2013

Investopedia: Markets Playing Tetherball With F5 Networks

When I last wrote on F5 (Nasdaq:FFIV) in early June, I still liked the prospects for the company and its shares, but I warned that it was likely to be a volatile holding. In the intervening two months or so, the shares have lived up to that prediction – initialing falling another 15%, before rebounding 30% and ending up with a net 11% gain since that June 3 article.

I see little reason to believe that these shares won't remain highly volatile. Although the company should see meaningful benefits from new product launches and a spending recovery in the coming quarters, there is still the spectre of greater competition and a slowing core market looming over the shares. While I continue to believe that F5 is the premier application delivery controller (ADC) company, and that the ADC market is slowing (not declining), the market's uncertainty regarding the company's future is likely to play out in outsized reactions in the stock price.

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