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March 14, 2014
11:07 EDTATVI, EA, TTWO, GMEVideo game makers, GameStop climb after NPD sales data
Shares of a number of video game makers are climbing after data indicated that U.S. video game sales were stronger than expected last month. WHAT'S NEW: Research firm NPD found that video game sales dropped 9% last month, versus the same period a year earlier, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson reported in a note to investors earlier today. Olson had expected software sales to tumble 29% last month, he stated. Take-Two Interactive (TTW) stood out as sales of its video games jumped 44% last month, while Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI) trailed with declines of 45% and 33% respectively, NPD reported. Olson remains confident that the video game sector will start growing during the next holiday shopping season as more players update to the next generation of hardware consoles. Video game retailer GameStop (GME) should also get a boost from the holiday season, wrote Olson, who kept Overweight ratings on all the stocks named in this note. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Electronic Arts rose 1.5% to $30.14, Take-Two Interactive climbed 1.8% to $21.25, Activision Blizzard added 1.2% to $21.10, and GameStop jumped 4% to $38.65.
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July 21, 2014
07:34 EDTEAElectronic Arts execution should lead to multiple expansion, says Brean Capital
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July 18, 2014
07:22 EDTTTWO, ATVI, EA, GMETotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:38 EDTGME, EA, TTWO, ATVIJune NPD video game software sales fell 3%, says Piper Jaffray
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06:06 EDTATVIXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
09:27 EDTGMEGameStop valuation compelling, says BofA/Merrill
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July 16, 2014
11:47 EDTATVIVivendi almost fired Activision CEO over buyout, Bloomberg says
Activision Blizzard (ATVI) CEO Robert Kotick was nearly fired after he demanded that he head a group helping to buy out most of Vivendi's (VIVHY) share in the video-game firm he led, according Bloomberg citing court filings. Reference Link
09:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts price target raised to $44 from $37 at Sterne Agee
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08:49 EDTTTWOTake-Two price target raised to $27 from $24 at MKM Partners
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July 15, 2014
11:35 EDTGMEGameStop management to meet with BB&T
Meetings to be held in New York July 22-23 hosted by BB&T.
06:06 EDTEAElectronic Arts names Ken Moss as Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Arts (EA) announced on its website that it has named Ken Moss as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Ken will lead the organization, strategy and vision for EA’s Digital Platform and Information Technology divisions. Moss comes to EA most recently from eBay (EBAY), where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data global organization. He is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft (MSFT), where he founded and led the engineering and product teams on Search -- which later became Bing -- and played an important role in Microsoft’s transition to large-scale services. Reference Link
July 13, 2014
15:54 EDTGMEGameStop, TJX, Staples, three other retailers look cheap, Barron's says
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July 11, 2014
06:33 EDTGMEGameStop CEO says retailer won't mess with creative direction, CNet reports
GameStop CEO Paul Raines said the company will not tamper with the creative direction, reports CNet. The company, however, is in the early stages of talking with game publishers about funding exclusive game content for customers. Reference Link
July 9, 2014
10:27 EDTGMEGameStop calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:23 EDTGMERumor: GameStop moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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