The slight outperformance wasn't enough to protect shares from trailing wider indexes in 2020, with the stock down 24% so far this year.
Palo Alto Networks was caught up in the general market drawdown last month, which included top cybersecurity names such as FireEye. Beyond the broader economic slowdown risk from COVID-19 and related containment measures, these software specialists are exposed to supply chain and world trade challenges coming out of Asia.
Those issues likely affected Palo Alto's latest quarterly results, even though management in late February reported a solid 15% sales boost for the prior quarter.
CEO Nikesh Arora and his team's latest outlook calls for revenue gains to hold steady at roughly 15% for the third quarter and the wider fiscal year. Investors can expect significant adjustments to those financial forecasts when Palo Alto Networks announces its latest operating results in late May.