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February 7, 2014
10:39 EDTATVI, EA, TTWOActivision Blizzard hits new 52-week high after game pipeline impresses
Shares of diversified gaming company Activision Blizzard (ATVI) hit a new 52-week high after posting stronger than expected fourth quarter results and announcing that its pipeline of games was the "strongest in company history." WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Activision Blizzard reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 79c and revenue of $2.27B against consensus views of 73c and $2.22B respectively. The company‘s first quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook slightly trailed expectations, however, CEO Bobby Kotick said, "As we look to 2014 and beyond, we have the strongest and most diverse pipeline of games in our history. In 2014, we expect these releases to enable us to grow non-GAAP revenues year over year and generate record non-GAAP earnings per share." ANALYST REACTON: This morning, research firm Brean Capital said Activision posted strong Q4 results in a difficult macro environment. The firm saw improving industry fundamentals, a strong release slate, and proven execution as reasons for increasing its price target to $22 from $20. It also reiterated its Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early morning trading, Activision Blizzard rose $2.19, or about 13% to $19.35 on very heavy volume. Earlier in the session, the stock made a new 52-week high of $19.95, and it has gained approximately 60% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Activision’s competitors include Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO).
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October 29, 2014
16:21 EDTTTWOTake-Two sees FY15 EPS $1.05-$1.30, consensus $1.05
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16:20 EDTTTWOTake-Two sees Q3 EPS $1.35-$1.45, consensus $1.21
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16:19 EDTTTWOTake-Two reports Q2 adjusted EPS (44c), consensus (59c)
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12:58 EDTEAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:21 EDTTTWO, ATVI, EAElectronic Arts surges after 'beat and raise' quarterly report
Shares of video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) are surging after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue topped analysts' estimates. The company also raised its fiscal year 2015 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Electronic Arts' Q2 adjusted EPS was 73c, which beat analysts' consensus of 53c. The company's revenue for the quarter was $1.22B, which beat estimates of $1.16B. The video game maker anticipates third quarter EPS to be 90c, which is higher than analysts' 86c consensus. The company expects Q3 revenue of approximately $1.275B, which is slightly lower than analysts' expectations of $1.3B. Electronic Arts raised its FY15 EPS outlook to $2.05 from $1.85, which is higher than analysts' consensus of $1.92 prior to the new outlook. The company raised its FY15 revenue view to $4.175B from $4.1B, which was slightly ahead of the consensus estimate prior to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: EA stated that, in the calendar year to date, the company continues to be the number one publisher on Sony's (SNE) PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the Western World, led by FIFA 15, NHL 15, Madden NFL 15, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, and FIFA 14. Electronic Arts noted that "Battlefield: Hardline" will debut on March 17, 2015 in North America and March 19, 2015 in Europe. On July 29, Electronic Arts announced in a post to its corporate blog that the company partnered with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver EA Access, a new monthly, or annual, membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One that starts at $4.99 a month. ANALYST REACTION: RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian feels that digital growth was a notable aspect of Electronic Arts' Q2 earnings results. He said the quarter was driven by the combination of a rise in digital content sales and improved cost controls. Sebastian anticipates the video game maker will continue to improve its operating performance and benefit from solid growth in the future. Sebastian increased his price target on the stock to $45 from $43 and maintained an Outperform rating on the stock. Brean Capital analyst Todd Mitchell believes that Electronic Arts' Q2 earnings results will probably be out-shone by the push-back of its Battlefield 5 game to 2017. Mitchell expects Electronic Arts to sell approximately 4M units of "Battlefield: Hardline" by the end of FY15. He kept a Buy rating on Electronic Arts and raised his price target on the stock to $43 from $40. OTHERS TO WATCH: Electronic Arts peer Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is scheduled to give its Q3 earnings report on November 4. Another competitor, Take-Two (TTWO), is set to release its Q2 earnings numbers later on this afternoon. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Electronic Arts climbed 3.6% to $38.83. Earlier in the session the stock hit a new 52-week high of $40.34.
12:20 EDTEAStocks with call strike movement; FB EA
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10:20 EDTEAHigh option volume stocks
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09:19 EDTEAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Goodyear Tire (GT), up 10%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 3.7%... ZELTIQ (ZLTQ), up 9%... Eaton (ETN), up 2.3%... Anadarko (APC), up 2%... U.S. Steel (X), up 7.7%... IAC (IACI), up 3.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 12% after reporting quarterly results, announcing plan to spin off Ferrari... Cara Therapeutics (CARA), up 17.8% after HAL trial of IV formulation of CR845 met primary endpoint... Jamba (JMBA), up 4% after upgraded at Wedbush. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), down 5.7%... Gilead (GILD), down 3.2%... Ralph Lauren (RL), down 2.3%... SodaStream (SODA), down 3%... Garmin (GRMN), down 5%... Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC), down 9.9%... STMicroelectronics (STM), down 10%... Ballard Power (BLDP), down 8.7%... Hershey (HSY), down 3.3%... Deutsche Bank (DB), down 2.3%... McKesson (MCK), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Sanofi (SNY), down 5.7% after downgraded at various firms including Barclays and BofA/Merrill after the company's board removed Christopher Viehbacher as CEO... InvenSense (INVN), down 22%, downgraded at Pacific Crest, Northland and Piper Jaffray following the company's Q2 earnings results... CareTrust REIT (CTRE), down 3.6% after acquiring Cross Healthcare Seniors housing portfolio... Orbital (ORB), down 16% after Orb-3 launch mishap... American Realty (ARCP), down 22% after announcing resignations of CFO, CAO.
07:38 EDTEAElectronic Arts Q2 results overshadowed by game delay, says Brean Capital
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07:11 EDTEAElectronic Arts digital growth highlights Q2 results, says RW Baird
Baird noted digital growth was a highlight of Electronic Arts' Q2 results. The firm said the quarter was driven by the combination of an increase in digital content sales and improved cost controls. Baird expects Electronic Arts to continue to improve its operating performance and benefit from solid growth in coming years. Baird raised its price target to $45 from $43 on Electronic Arts and reiterates its Outperform rating on the stock.
October 28, 2014
18:42 EDTEAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:57 EDTEAElectronic Arts raises FY15 revenue view to $4.175B from $4.1B, consensus $4.16B
16:05 EDTEAElectronic Arts up almost 6% following Q2 results, guidance
16:04 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees Q3 EPS approximately 90c, consensus 86c
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16:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts raises FY15 EPS view to $2.05 from $1.85, consensus $1.92
Raises FY14 revenue view to $4.175B from $4.1B, consensus $4.16B.
16:02 EDTEAElectronic Arts raises FY15 outlook
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16:01 EDTEAElectronic Arts reports Q2 adjusted EPS 73c, consensus 53c
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14:44 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard says Noriega lawsuit dismissed
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10:27 EDTATVIGameStop retreats after Wal-Mart begins selling used video games
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October 24, 2014
08:52 EDTEAElectronic Arts shares should be bought ahead of results, says Stifel
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