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The Vallejo Police Department has announced it will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) Checkpoint on Dec. 16 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location.

The news release by the VPD states that “DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints are to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road.”

“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Sgt. Rashad Hollis said in the same news release. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”

In the statement, the VPD reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Killexams : Checkpoint Systems puts innovation under the spotlight at Euroshop 2023 No result found, try new keyword!Retail technology specialist - Checkpoint Systems is set to showcase its RF and RFID solutions at Euroshop 2023 taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany from Feb 26-March 2, 2023.Euroshop is one of ... Tue, 29 Nov 2022 23:38:00 -0600 text/html https://www.sourcesecurity.com/news/checkpoint-systems-innovation-spotlight-euroshop-2023-co-3268-ga.1669780882.html Killexams : CyberRatings.org Announces Results from First-of-its-Kind Comparative Test on Cloud Network Firewall

Ratings ranged from 'AAA' to 'CC' with security effectiveness scores from 27% to 100%.

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CyberRatings.org, the non-profit entity dedicated to providing transparency on cybersecurity product efficacy, has completed an independent test of eight market leading security vendors in its first-ever Cloud Network Firewall comparative evaluation. Forcepoint, Fortinet and Juniper's test reports were published earlier in the year, all with 'AAA' ratings. In this latest release of test reports, Check Point and Versa Networks received a 'AAA' rating. Palo Alto Networks received an 'AA,' Sophos an 'A,' and Cisco 'CC.'

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Security effectiveness scores ranged from 27% to 100% while exploit block rates varied from 88.3% to 100%.

The test covered capabilities considered essential in a firewall including basic routing, access control, SSL / TLS decryption, threat prevention (exploits), evasion, performance, stability and reliability, and management. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was the public cloud service chosen to run the test. Ratings were calculated using a scale from 0 to 800.

Key Findings include:
  • Cloud services assume a shared security model, where cloud providers are responsible for the infrastructure and customers are responsible for securing the applications running on the infrastructure.
  • Roughly 80% of web traffic is encrypted and firewall decryption is not on by default: Firewalls will not see/block attacks delivered via (encrypted) HTTPS unless configured to do so.
  • Security vendors are used to controlling the platform on which their products are installed. In the cloud, they do not have that control; vendors are learning how to operate under these new conditions and there will be challenges.
  • Supply Chain attacks are on the rise. Using the cloud means relying on third parties to maintain software supply chain integrity. APIs, code reuse, open-source libraries, not maintained code, and other shared resources introduce unknown risks.

Security effectiveness scores ranged from 27% to 100%. The security effectiveness tests Tested how effectively the firewall protected control network access, applications, and users while preventing threats (exploits and evasions), blocking malicious traffic while under extended load, and remaining resistant to false positives. Exploit block rates ranged from 88.3% to 100%. All products achieved 100% for resistance to evasion techniques.

"Security is your problem, not Amazon's," said Vikram Phatak, CEO of CyberRatings.org. "If you are migrating your data center to the cloud, create a plan for securing it." Phatak added. "And if you needed a firewall for your data center, you probably need one for your cloud deployment."

There are different ways consumers can purchase security products for the cloud. The individual test reports reflect the bring-your-own-license model while the comparative report illustrates the pay-as-you-go pricing. Both pricing models provide consumers with options to compare pricing on items important to their own organizations.

The following products were evaluated:
Check Point Cloud Network Firewall CloudGuard IaaS R81.20-581 AAA
Cisco Firepower Threat Defense for AWS Version 7.2.0 CC
Forcepoint Cloud Network Firewall v6.11 AAA
Fortinet Cloud Network Firewall v7.0.5 Build 0304(GA) AAA
Juniper Cloud Network Firewall 22.1R1.1 AAA
Palo Alto Networks Cloud Network Firewall PA-VM-AWS-10.2.2 AA
Sophos Cloud Network Firewall SFOS 19.0.0 GA-Build317 A
Versa Networks Cloud Network Firewall Versa-FlexVNF-21.2.3 AAA

To read the CyberRatings reports go to CyberRatings.org.

Cloud Network Firewall test tools were provided by Keysight (CyPerf and Breaking Point), and TeraPackets Threat Replayer.

Additional Resources About CyberRatings.org

CyberRatings.org is a non-profit 501(c)6 entity dedicated to quantifying cyber risk and providing transparency on cybersecurity product efficacy through testing and ratings programs. To become a member, visit www.cyberratings.org   

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Killexams : DUI checkpoint in Yuba City scheduled tonight

Between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. tonight, Yuba City Police Department will hold a DUI checkpoint at a “central location” within Yuba City. 

Officials said that checkpoints are determined by data showing where incidents of impaired driving are likely to occur. Checkpoints are established to promote public safety by monitoring impaired drivers and taking them off the road. 

“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Sgt. Dennis Hauck said in a statement. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”

Officials are urging the public to be aware that impaired driving is not exclusively related to alcohol. Other substances including some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana may be legal in California, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties,

as well as a suspended license, officials said.

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Killexams : Check Point: Solid Financials And Undervalued
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Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP) is a legacy cybersecurity business that was founded in 1993. Its founder and CEO is the legendary Gil Schwed who is credited with inventing the first-ever firewall. Since, this invention the company has continued to innovate while keeping its margins high and debt level low. The increasing connectivity of our world has resulted in an increasing number of cyberattacks. You can see just a few latest examples below from the LA Unified School District ransomware attack to the National Health Service [NHS] attack in the U.K.

Cybersecurity attacks

Cybersecurity attacks (Check Point Report)

Therefore it is no surprise that the Cyber Security market is forecasted to grow at a rapid 13.4% compounded annual growth rate [CAGR] and be worth $376 billion by 2029. In this post, I'm going to break down Check Point's business model, financials, and valuation, let's dive in.

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Secure Business Model

In previous posts on Check Point I have covered its business model in more detail. Here is a quick recap. Check Point has three main product lines which cover; Network Security (Quantum), Cloud Security (Cloudguard), and User Access Security (Harmony). Quantum includes a series of Firewalls, Web Gateways and access points. The idea of these physical devices is to continually monitor and inspect network traffic to mitigate threats.

Its second product line Cloudguard aims to secure the cloud across various multi-cloud environments from AWS to Azure. This product competes directly with Palo Alto Networks and its Prisma platform. Then finally we have Harmony which uses a "zero trust" methodology to ensure user access is secure. "Zero Trust" means users in the network are not trusted by default and are given "least privileged access" to only the applications they need. This product competes with companies such as Zscaler (ZS).

Check Point Products

Check Point Products (Check Point)

Secure Third Quarter Results

Check Point reported strong financial results for the third quarter of 2022. Revenues were $577.6 million, which beat analyst expectations by $5.82 million and increased by 8% year over year. A key metric to analyze for SaaS companies is Billings, which is the actual amount invoiced to customers and the true "top line". In this case, Billings was $559 million which increased by 8% year over year. Deferred revenue, is the amount of customer payments that are not booked as revenue until the service is provided. In this case, deferred revenue was $1.65 billion in the Q3,22 up a solid 13% year over year.

Overall revenue growth was driven by solid products and security subscription revenue which increased by 13% year over year to $348 million. This is greater than management's prior expectations of above 10%, which they have achieved over the past three quarters. This growth has been reported across the board from its appliance lines both small, medium and large.

Products and Security Subscriptions Revenue

Products and Security Subscriptions Revenue (Q3,22 report)

Security Subscription revenue alone increased by 13% year over year to $216 million. This was driven by solid growth across Check Point's three main product lines; Quantum, CloudGuard and Harmony.

Security Subscriptions Revenue

Security Subscriptions Revenue (Q3,22 report)

In the third quarter of 2021, Check Point acquired cloud email security company Avanan. This was a solid acquisition in my eyes as 95% of cyber attacks towards enterprises occur via a simple "phishing" email. This usually involves a simple message but they are becoming more sophisticated and play immensely on human psychology. For example, these can be impersonating the CEO of the company or just include a curiosity enticing link which looks like it is from the HR department. I recently came across one email in the Nordics during my cybersecurity research which involved a mockup spreadsheet of the "salaries" for all the employees in a company. Users were told "not to open" the spreadsheet but of course, many did out of curiosity only to discover it was a phishing email.

Breaking down revenue by geography, 44% of revenue is from the Americas, with 43% from EMEA and 13% from APAC, thus the company's revenue is internationally diverse. Compared to the prior year there was only a +1% increase in APAC revenue and -1% increase in EMA revenue, which is fairly stable and not a significant enough movement to draw large conclusions.

Revenue by Geography

Revenue by Geography (Q3,22 report)

On to profitability, Check Point reported gross profit of $506 million in Q3,22 which increased by 7% at a solid 88% margin. This is fairly impressive given, the company is paying out more for its raw materials and shipping due to inflation and supply chain shortages. For example, the company is paying between $8 million and $10 million in the cost of its goods sold for storage before customer delivery.

Check Point reported solid earnings per share of $1.47 which increased by 5% year over year and beat analyst expectations by $0.09. This was solid growth given many operating expenses rose over the year. For example, in the table below you can see the company reported a 17% increase in its R&D expenses to $73 million. Overall I don't deem this to be a bad sign, as continual investments into innovation is necessary to stay ahead in the fast-moving cybersecurity industry.

Sales and Marketing expenses also increased by 14% year over year to $153 million, as the company rolled out its new products. In addition, General and Administrative expenses increased by 5% year over year to $18 million. Over time, I would like to see the business-generated operating leverage especially as it scales its software products and sells less physical hardware.

Operating expenses

Operating expenses (Q3,22 report)

Check Point reported strong operating cash flow of $240 million and has a solid balance sheet with $3.6 billion in cash, short-term investments, and marketable securities. In addition, the business has very little debt at just $22 million in total debt which is fantastic given the company is fairly old by cybersecurity standards, founded in 1993. The company also invested $325 million into its share buyback program, which showed management has confidence in the value creation of the business long term.

Advanced Valuation

In order to value Check Point I have plugged the latest financials into my advanced valuation model which uses the discounted cash flow method of valuation.

I have forecasted 8% revenue growth for next year which is aligned with the most latest growth rate. In addition, I have then forecasted growth to accelerate to 9% in years 2 to 5 as the economy improves and Check Point's new product range continues to gain traction.

Check Point stock valuation 1

Check Point stock valuation 1 (created by author Ben at Motivation 2 Invest)

In order to increase the accuracy of the valuation I have capitalized R&D expenses, which has lifted net income. I have forecasted the company to grow its pre-tax operating margin from 40.79% to 44% in 5 years, as supply chain issues ease.

Check Point stock valuation 1

Check Point stock valuation 2 (created by author Ben at Motivation 2invest)

Given these factors I get a fair value of $151 per share, the stock is trading at $130 per share at the time of writing and thus is ~14% undervalued.

As an extra data point Check Point trades at a PE ratio = 21.68 which is fairly valued relative to its 5-year average. However, the business does trade at a price-to-sales ratio = 7, which is 12% cheaper than its 5-year average. Relative to peers Check Point trades at one of the cheapest valuations.

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Risks

Recession/Longer sales cycles

The high inflation and rising interest rate environment has caused many issues from supply chain constraints to recession forecasts. For B2B companies this means a tepid environment for business and will likely result in deferred spending and longer sales cycles.

Final Thoughts

Check Point is a tremendous company that has continually innovated to stay at the cutting edge in cybersecurity. The company's new product line is gaining traction and the stock is undervalued intrinsically. Due to the economic climate, I wouldn't be surprised to see fairly stable/slow growth but longer term the business is poised to benefit from the secular shift towards cybersecurity protection.

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Killexams : COVID cases are expected to rise this winter — how likely is reinfection? Here’s what experts say

It’s the third holiday season since the pandemic began and, as in previous years, millions of Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanza and other winter festivals.

This time around, the public health guidance is different. Almost three years into the crisis, COVID prevention measures such as mandatory masking and social distancing have largely been lifted. Most Americans have been vaccinated, many have gotten booster shots and at-home test kits are widely available.

Still, experts expect a pickup in COVID cases during the winter as people travel all over the country and gather indoors with friends and family. Along with the coronavirus, hospitals are also dealing with two other infectious diseases this year — respiratory syncytial virus and the flu — that are hitting early and hard, straining hospital capacity.

Given how many Americans have now had COVID one or more times, a critical question on peoples’ minds during the holidays is how much risk they face of getting reinfected. Here’s what experts have to say:

What do we know about the state of reinfection?

“COVID cases will rise due to holiday travel, that’s a given,” said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, who specializes in treating infectious diseases at UCSF. “Reinfection depends on a few factors, not only the virus but the variants, when you were last vaccinated, what your risk of severe diseases are, how long since you’ve had COVID,” he said.

Chin-Hong emphasized that risk varies from person to person and that many COVID cases this winter could be reinfections. But the scale of the problem is hard to tell due to the fragmented nature of tracking on the local, state and national levels. COVID infections are already on the rise in California: an average of 5,483 cases per day were reported in the state over the past week, according to the New York Times tracker, up 40% from two weeks earlier. The California Department of Public Health could not provide The Chronicle with current reinfection estimates, but said that during the summer peak driven by earlier omicron strains, around one in seven Californians was reinfected with COVID.

How safe are people who’ve been vaccinated or previously infected?

Fully vaccinated people have a lower risk of reinfection. But since 2021, when vaccines first became available, the recommended time frame between the original shots and suggested boosters has shrunk as new virus subvariants emerged. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention originally recommended getting a booster around six months after being vaccinated. Now, with omicron strains that show greater ability to evade immunity, that window has shrunk. According to Chin-Hong, a reasonable time frame to be considered “safe” since your last vaccination, booster shot or infection is currently about three months.

What are some of the ways to prevent reinfection?

It depends on behavior, said Chin-Hong. Gatherings should ideally be held in well-ventilated spaces, he said. If traveling, he suggested focusing your efforts on situations where you’re the most vulnerable, including in the cab to the airport, lining up at security, going to the food court, purchasing something that requires touch for payment, using the bathroom, sitting at the gate and boarding. Other people may not be masking even if you are. “If we continue to see poor behavior, we will see more and more cases,” he said.

Are reinfections on the upswing with latest variants?

As of the latest figures, nearly 60% of COVID cases in the U.S. are attributed to BQ subvariants of omicron. Descendants of BA.5, the BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 strains have mutations in their spike proteins that help them evade immunity created by vaccines and prior infections. For the week ending Nov. 26, the CDC estimates that BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 were causing more than 57% of new COVID-19 cases in the US., but it’s unknown how many of these were reinfections. While there’s some evidence that the newer subvariants are more infectious than earlier strains, they don’t appear to be more virulent.

Should people be worried about getting reinfected?

A latest study published in Nature Medicine found that risk of negative outcomes such as hospitalization, organ failure and death from COVID-19 rose with repeat infections compared with patients who were newly infected — regardless of vaccination status. Other research has suggested higher risk of long COVID among people infected multiple times. Chin-Hong, who was not involved in the Nature Medicine report, pointed out that the subjects were all over 60 and had underlying health issues. “This study sounds scary,” he said. But if reinfections do affect some people more voraciously than others, he said, it’s “not the case for most on a larger scale.” Still, he advised prudence. “Be vigilant; COVID is still around,” he said.

What, if anything, are health officials doing?

Local health officials, including Dr. Jeffrey Smith, county executive officer in Santa Clara County, are urging people to use the original precautions against infection — washing hands, getting vaccinated and boosted, masking, social distancing and staying home if you’re unwell or testing positive — to prevent reinfection. “We really have a major problem with having COVID and the flu and RSV hitting us all at the same time. COVID is not gone,” he said in a statement. “We’re seeing decreasing availability in ICUs across the county. Get your vaccine in as quickly as you can, wash hands, mask, and continue to socially distance,” he said.

Shwanika Narayan is a staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: shwanika.narayan@sfchronicle.com: Twitter @shwanika

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Killexams : TSA catches 24th gun at Norfolk airport security checkpoint; a record for 2022

NORFOLK, Va. — Transportation Security Administration officials stopped a Chesapeake man from carrying a loaded handgun onto a flight out of Norfolk International Airport on Wednesday.

In a release sent on Thursday, TSA officials said the .380 caliber handgun, which was loaded with six bullets, marked the 24th gun caught at the airport's security checkpoints so far this year, which set a new record for the airport.

In 2021, the airport reported 23 firearms that were caught at security.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

2022

(As of 11/30/22)

Guns caught at Norfolk Airport checkpoints 14 10 21 15 12 23 24

Source: TSA

Officials were alerted to the gun when it set off an alarm as the man walked through the X-ray machine.

“Our officers are good at their jobs, but frankly, this is not the type of record we are looking to set. We would rather that travelers pack their guns properly for a flight. Firearms are not permitted through a security checkpoint because passengers should not have access to a firearm during a flight. This also applies to travelers with concealed carry permits or passengers who are enrolled in the TSA PreCheck® program," said Robin “Chuck” Burke, the airport's TSA Federal Security Director.

Airport officials said the case involving the Chesapeake man will be sent to the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney which will decide if there should be any criminal charges.

The TSA is reminding travelers can travel with firearms only in checked bags if "they are properly packaged and declared at their respective airline ticket counter. They must also be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided locked case, and packed separately from ammunition. Then the locked case should be taken to the airline check-in counter to be declared. TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm."

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Killexams : Leeds-backed CeriFi acquires Checkpoint Learning, West Legal Edcenter

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Killexams : Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) Shares Could Be 25% Below Their Intrinsic Value Estimate

Does the November share price for Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) reflect what it's really worth? Today, we will estimate the stock's intrinsic value by estimating the company's future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. We will use the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model on this occasion. Models like these may appear beyond the comprehension of a lay person, but they're fairly easy to follow.

We would caution that there are many ways of valuing a company and, like the DCF, each technique has advantages and disadvantages in certain scenarios. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model.

View our latest analysis for Check Point Software Technologies

What's The Estimated Valuation?

We're using the 2-stage growth model, which simply means we take in account two stages of company's growth. In the initial period the company may have a higher growth rate and the second stage is usually assumed to have a stable growth rate. To begin with, we have to get estimates of the next ten years of cash flows. Where possible we use analyst estimates, but when these aren't available we extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the last estimate or reported value. We assume companies with shrinking free cash flow will slow their rate of shrinkage, and that companies with growing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow, over this period. We do this to reflect that growth tends to slow more in the early years than it does in later years.

A DCF is all about the idea that a dollar in the future is less valuable than a dollar today, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today's value:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

2028

2029

2030

2031

2032

Levered FCF ($, Millions)

US$1.21b

US$1.24b

US$1.36b

US$1.20b

US$1.29b

US$1.37b

US$1.43b

US$1.49b

US$1.54b

US$1.58b

Growth Rate Estimate Source

Analyst x13

Analyst x7

Est @ 9.91%

Analyst x1

Est @ 7.53%

Est @ 5.87%

Est @ 4.7%

Est @ 3.88%

Est @ 3.31%

Est @ 2.91%

Present Value ($, Millions) Discounted @ 7.9%

US$1.1k

US$1.1k

US$1.1k

US$887

US$884

US$868

US$843

US$811

US$777

US$742

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = US$9.1b

The second stage is also known as Terminal Value, this is the business's cash flow after the first stage. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed that of a country's GDP growth. In this case we have used the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield (2.0%) to estimate future growth. In the same way as with the 10-year 'growth' period, we discount future cash flows to today's value, using a cost of equity of 7.9%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2032 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$1.6b× (1 + 2.0%) ÷ (7.9%– 2.0%) = US$27b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= US$27b÷ ( 1 + 7.9%)10= US$13b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is US$22b. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Relative to the current share price of US$131, the company appears a touch undervalued at a 25% discount to where the stock price trades currently. Remember though, that this is just an approximate valuation, and like any complex formula - garbage in, garbage out.

dcf

The Assumptions

Now the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate, and of course, the actual cash flows. You don't have to agree with these inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. The DCF also does not consider the possible cyclicality of an industry, or a company's future capital requirements, so it does not provide a full picture of a company's potential performance. Given that we are looking at Check Point Software Technologies as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighted average cost of capital, WACC) which accounts for debt. In this calculation we've used 7.9%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.986. Beta is a measure of a stock's volatility, compared to the market as a whole. We get our beta from the industry average beta of globally comparable companies, with an imposed limit between 0.8 and 2.0, which is a reasonable range for a stable business.

Moving On:

Whilst important, the DCF calculation is only one of many factors that you need to assess for a company. DCF models are not the be-all and end-all of investment valuation. Instead the best use for a DCF model is to test certain assumptions and theories to see if they would lead to the company being undervalued or overvalued. For instance, if the terminal value growth rate is adjusted slightly, it can dramatically alter the overall result. Why is the intrinsic value higher than the current share price? For Check Point Software Technologies, we've put together three pertinent aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does CHKP have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.

  2. Future Earnings: How does CHKP's growth rate compare to its peers and the wider market? Dig deeper into the analyst consensus number for the upcoming years by interacting with our free analyst growth expectation chart.

  3. Other High Quality Alternatives: Do you like a good all-rounder? Explore our interactive list of high quality stocks to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

PS. The Simply Wall St app conducts a discounted cash flow valuation for every stock on the NASDAQGS every day. If you want to find the calculation for other stocks just search here.

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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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Killexams : Checkpoint set up before Khaleda’s Gulshan residence

Police have set up a checkpoint in front of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan residence in the city tonight.

Syrul Kabir Khan, a staff of the chairperson's media wing, confirmed this to The Daily Star.

Abdul Ahad, deputy commissioner (Gulshan division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said as part of a drive, the number of police checkpoint was increased in Gulshan area.

"Police started setting up checkpoints in different areas of Gulshan tonight. It's part of a special drive to arrest drug peddlers, militants and criminal," the police official told this newspaper.

The Police Headquarters earlier directed the field-level officials to carry out a 15-day special drive across the country from December 1 to ward off any untoward incident ahead of the Victory Day.

Chiefs of all police units and superintendents of police in all districts have been asked to conduct the drive between December 1 and 15, according to an order sent by the operations wing of the PHQ on November 29.

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