Palo Alto Networks: 2013 Is Company's Big Year

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Set against this backdrop, there has even been speculation that Palo Alto would make an attractive acquisition target. Baird, for example, cites the company as one of its top M&A picks for 2013.

In a recent column, TheStreet contributor Richard Saintvilus also suggested that Palo Alto would be a good fit for a tech heavyweight such as IBM(IBM) or Cisco(CSCO) that needs to bolster its arsenal of security products.

Palo Alto shares dipped 2.05% to $48.34 on Friday.

-- Written by James Rogers in New York.

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