Why F5 Networks, Inc. Jumped This Morning

By Anders BylundMarketsFool.com

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What happened

Shares of F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) rose as much as 11.3% in Thursday morning's session, following the release of strong fourth-quarter results.

So what

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In the fourth quarter, F5 saw adjusted earnings rising 15% year over year to $2.11 per diluted share. Revenue increased 4.8%, stopping at $525.3 million.

The data security and application delivery specialist exceeded Wall Street's expectations across the board. Analysts would have settled for earnings of approximately $1.94 per share on sales near $520 million.

Now what

Including today's pop, F5 investors have seen their shares rising 35% so far in 2016. Data security is a hot item again, punctuated by a high-profile denial-of-service attack taking down several popular online services last Friday. F5 played an important role in recovering from that attack, putting its cloud-based Silverline mitigation product to good use.

If you'll allow me to get a little bit technical here, management sees plenty of growth opportunity in the security market. Says F5 Networks CEO John McAdam:

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