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News For TTWO;ZNGA;MSFT;NTDOY;COOL;SNE;THQI;GLUU;EA;GME;ATVI From The Last 14 Days
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June 24, 2015
15:53 EDTGMESunTrust identifies the most likely M&A activity in specialty retail
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11:11 EDTGMEAnalyst says Best Buy shares poised to rise
Best Buy's (BBY) stock is poised to advance after the company reports its second quarter results, research firm B. Riley predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's forecast for increased margins in the second half of the year, along with easing comparisons, should cause the stock to rise, predicted B. Riley in a note to investors earlier today. The shares will be particularly well-positioned to climb after the company updates its guidance following its Q2 results, the firm believes. Best Buy's initiatives should help increase its revenue and profits heading into fiscal 2017 and the retailer can continues to increase its market share at the expense of Sears (SHLD), RadioShack and others. Additionally, macro economic trends remain favorable for Best Buy and its key product categories continue to perform well, according to B. Riley. The firm, which is particularly confident about the company's ability to beat Q4 consensus estimates, keeps a $47 price target on the name and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In their own note to investors this morning, SunTrust analysts David Magee and D. Mitch Van Zelfden speculated on potential M&A activity in the specialty retail space, noting that "Wall Streetís appetite for acquisitions has strengthened recently." In their opinion, Best Buy acquiring GameStop (GME) is among the "most compelling relationships" in the sector, the note explained. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Best Buy slid 0.4% to $34.72, while GameStop rose 1.3% to $44.92.
10:36 EDTSNE, MSFT, EA, TTWO, NTDOY, ATVI, GMEElectronic Arts advances after analysts positive on E3 showing
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10:00 EDTTTWO, EAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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07:13 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard well positioned for upside, says Brean Capital
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07:10 EDTEA, TTWOTake-Two upgraded to Buy with $35 target at Jefferies
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07:09 EDTEAElectronic Arts price target raised to $75 from $66 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on Electronic Arts to $75 from $66 as they believe management's guidance may prove to be conservative. The firm also sees the company leading its peers on digital monetization on consoles and the cross-over into mobile. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating on Electronic Arts shares.
07:05 EDTEAElectronic Arts upgraded to Buy with $80 target at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded Electronic Arts to Buy from Hold and raised its price target for the stock to $80. The firm views EA as well positioned amid faster than expected console sales and thinks the company's game pipeline is the best its ever been.
06:44 EDTTTWOTake-Two upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Price target $35.
06:44 EDTEAElectronic Arts upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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06:07 EDTMSFTJefferies says PC market to stay 'lower for longer'
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June 23, 2015
17:20 EDTGMEGameStop backs FY15 EPS view $3.63-$3.83, consensus $3.87
Backs FY15 revenue growth view on negative 1% to 4%. Full year comparable store sales are still expected to range from +1.0% to +6.0%.
17:16 EDTGMEGameStop backs Q2 EPS view 21c-25c, consensus 24c
Backs Q2 revenue growth view of negative 3% to flat; Backs Q2 SSS view of range from flat to +3.0%. Guidance from company slides presentation.
12:54 EDTMSFTPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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07:27 EDTEAJefferies to hold a conference
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may charge extra licensing fees for high-end notebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTSNE, MSFTNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
06:04 EDTMSFTOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
05:56 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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