CrowdStrike Peer Ramps Up 406% Growth — And New Buy Point

Boosted by 406% earnings growth last quarter and strong forecasts ahead, CyberArk Software (CYBR) has set up a new potential breakout after already fueling an impressive run. As a result, CYBR stock has secured its place on the latest list of new buys by the best mutual funds, alongside CrowdStrike (CRWD), Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Zscaler (ZS) and Nice (NICE).


CyberArk also earns a spot on the Stock Spotlight screen and the IBD Leaderboard watchlist. Joining the cadre of top cybersecurity stocks to watch, industry peer CrowdStrike has pulled off a stock-list trifecta, landing on the IBD 50, IBD Big Cap 20 and IBD Sector Leaders.

Both CyberArk and CrowdStrike command the highest-possible 99 Composite Rating. That score indicates both cybersecurity firms are in the top 1% of all companies in terms of the most important stock-picking factors.

Adding to the strength of the group, PANW stock just saw its Composite Rating jump to 96.

The cybersecurity software industry group ranks a solid No. 38 out of the 197 groups IBD tracks.

CYBR Stock Vs. Cybersecurity Peers

In its latest report, CyberArk continued its impressive rebound in earnings, posting a 406% gain to 81 cents per share. Analysts expect those triple-digit gains to continue over the next two quarters.

On the sales front, CyberArk has now delivered three quarters of rising revenue growth, including a 32% year-over-year gain to $223.1 million in Q4.

Demand for shares of CYBR stock has mostly outpaced its industry peers. The stock’s 1.6 up/down volume ratio tops all its group rivals, including CrowdStrike (1.2) and Palo Alto Networks (1.0).

Name Symbol Comp Rating EPS % Chg Last Qtr EPS Est Cur Qtr % Up/Down Vol EPS Rating RS Rating Ind Group RS SMR Rating A/D Rating
CyberArk CYBR 99 406 *262 1.6 82 94 A- B B
CrowdStrike CRWD 99 102 57 1.2 99 97 A- A C-
Zscaler ZS 97 105 36 0.8 99 83 A- A D-
Nice NICE 97 16 21 1.5 94 89 A- A A-
Palo Alto PANW 96 39 387 1 98 75 A- A C
*Based on comparison to prior-year quarter that showed a loss

CyberArk Ramps Up FedRAMP Cybersecurity

Headquartered in Israel, CyberArk specializes in privileged account access — high-level and highly sensitive electronic accounts with more access that analysts say are more targeted by hackers.

Last week, CyberArk announced that two of its leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings have earned Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High authorization to operate status. The two offerings are CyberArk Endpoint Privilege Manager and CyberArk Workforce Identity.

According to CyberArk, the authorization reinforces the cybersecurity firm’s ability to help federal agencies and other public-sector organizations secure access to all corporate applications.

CYBR Stock Targets New Breakout

CyberArk joined the IBD Leaderboard watchlist as it cleared its buy zone from a 10-week moving average rebound entry. The stock is now also forming a consolidation pattern showing a 283 buy point.

That potential new entry comes after CyberArk already climbed 61% after breaking out of an early-stage flat base in November.

Meanwhile, shares of Nice into and past a potential profit-taking zone, retreating after spiking Monday. CrowdStike continues to hold support at its 10-week line. Palo Alto Networks and Zscaler both remain well below that benchmark.

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