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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 17, 2014
05:39 EDTTTWO, ATVI, EASeptember NPD video game software sales fell 36%, says Piper Jaffray
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October 10, 2014
10:01 EDTEAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:59 EDTEAElectronic Arts upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.
Benchmark Co. upgraded Electronic Arts to Buy with a $42.50 price target saying the company's upcoming Q2 results will likely beat expectations and drive share upside.
October 9, 2014
08:06 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard files response to Noriega lawsuit
Activision Blizzard, filed a response to Manuel Noriega’s opposition in the lawsuit brought by the former dictator and convicted murderer. Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor and named partner of Bracewell & Giuliani, will argue as co-counsel beside Munger, Tolles & Olson at the October 16 hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court in support of Activision Blizzard’s motion. Activision Blizzard is moving to strike Noriega’s lawsuit on the grounds that the minor inclusion of a Noriega character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II is protected free speech. The motion to strike was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 22. The legal action seeks to dismiss Manuel Noriega’s complaint at the outset under California’s anti-SLAPP statute. Lawyers for Manuel Noriega filed a response to the anti-SLAPP motion on October 2. The Superior Court will consider the matter at a hearing on October 16.

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