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February 7, 2014
10:39 EDTTTWO, EA, ATVIActivision 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).
News For ATVI;EA;TTWO From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2015
18:20 EDTEAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: ABIOMED (ABMD), up 27%... Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.2% after reporting fourth quarter results and that it is planning a tax-free spin-off of remaining Alibaba (BABA) stake... Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10%... Marten Transport (MRTN), up 6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 9.2%... Key Tronic (KTCC), up 4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 4.4%... Western Digital (WDC), consensus 2.6%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 4.8%... VMware (VMW), up 1.7%... AT&T (T), up 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 2.9%, Skyworks (SWKS), up 1.3%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.5%, and Qorvo (QRVO), up 1% following Apple's first quarter results... EMC (EMC), up 2.1% following VMware's fourth quarter results... Alibaba (BABA), up marginally following Yahoo results and tax-free spin-off plans... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ethan Allen (ETH), down 13.1%... EZCORP (EZPW), down 7.1%... International Game Technology (IGT), down 2.9%... Open Text (OTEX), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: Synergy Resources (SYRG), down 3.7% after filing to sell $150M of common stock.
16:04 EDTEAElectronic Arts trades higher after earnings
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16:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees FY15 EPS $2.35, consensus $2.09
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16:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees Q4 EPS 22c, consensus 26c
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16:02 EDTEAElectronic Arts reports Q3 EPS $1.22, consensus 92c
Reports Q3 net revenue $1.43B, consensus $1.29B.
15:35 EDTEANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
January 26, 2015
10:00 EDTEAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:53 EDTTTWOTake-Two named a high conviction idea for 2015 at MKM Partners
MKM Partners named Take Two a high conviction idea for 2015. The firm is positive on Take Two's potential for FY15 EPS upside, growing cash balances, sustained long-term profitability and sizable share repurchases. The firm rates shares a Buy with a $35 price target, up from $30.
08:06 EDTEAElectronic Arts upside harder to justify, says Brean Capital
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06:58 EDTEAElectronic Arts downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham
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January 16, 2015
09:12 EDTATVIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:03 EDTATVIActivision says Call of Duty: Advanced Warffare was top-selling console game
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05:45 EDTEA, TTWO, ATVIDecember NPD video game software sales dropped 2%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes December NPD video game software sales fell 2% year-over-year, with the full quarter down 6% and 2014 down 13%. Piper attributes the declines to legacy weakness and a portion of sales shifting to full-game downloads. The firm expects software growth in 2015 and maintains Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).

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