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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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September 22, 2014
10:01 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard moves to dismiss 'frivolous' lawsuit by Manuel Noriega
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07:24 EDTEAElectronic Arts new business model positive, says Stifel
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September 18, 2014
11:20 EDTTTWOTake-Two says will be profitable for foreseeable future
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11:16 EDTTTWOTake-Two says best use of cash is game development projects
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07:32 EDTTTWOMKM Partners to hold a conference
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September 17, 2014
13:41 EDTATVISell-through suggests 10M unit Destiny estimate may be low, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said Activision's Destiny sell-through of over $325M in its first five days equates to over 5M units, giving the firm confidence in its year-end estimate for 10M Destiny units sold and making that estimate seem potentially too low. Piper maintains its Overweight rating and $27 price target on Activision.
12:39 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard sell-off on Destiny data overdone, says RW Baird
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11:24 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard weakness a buying opportunity, says Pacific Crest
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11:22 EDTATVIActivision reports Destiny grosses over $325M in first five days
Activision Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, announced that its Destiny franchise sold-through more than $325M worldwide in its first five days, citing Chart-Track, first parties, retail customer sell-through information and Activision Blizzard internal estimates. Destiny players logged more than 100M hours of online play by the end of the first week and participated in 137M activities, according to Bungie, the company added.
September 15, 2014
10:35 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard breaks uptrend, levels to watch
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September 12, 2014
08:05 EDTTTWORockstar Games says Grand Theft Auto V to launch Nov. 18 for PS4, Xbox One
Rockstar Games (TTWO) announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 (SNE) computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT) on November 18, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.
07:19 EDTATVI, EA, TTWOConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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05:36 EDTATVI, EA, TTWOAugust NPD video game software sales fell 21%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says August NPD video game software sales fell 21% year-over-year. The firm continues to expect growth beginning in late 2014 and recommends using any weakness in shares of GameStop (GME), Electronic Arts (EA), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Take-Two (TTWO) as a buying opportunity.
September 10, 2014
11:41 EDTATVIActivision view looks conservative after Destiny launch, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said the strong launch of Destiny gives the firm confidence in its estimates for the game and the company's results and that Activision Blizzard's fiscal year guidance is looking "increasingly conservative." The firm reiterates its Overweight rating and $27 price target on Activision, which is down about 1% to $23.47 near midday.
11:38 EDTATVIGameStop achieved high share of Destiny sales, says BofA/Merrill
Activision (ATVI) announced that it sold more than $500M of Destiny on its first day, making it the biggest new video game franchise launch in history. BofA/Merrill believes GameStop (GME) had a very high share of Destiny sales and expects further clarity in the coming months. The analyst continues to believe GameStop is leveraged to momentum in the console cycle and believes competitive threats from full game downloads id overblown. Shares of GameStop are Buy rated with a $56 price target.
10:14 EDTATVIActivision early sales of Destiny above expectations, says RW Baird
RW Baird said Activision Blizzard's initial Destiny wholesale shipments of over $500M exceeded expectations and the firm added that its checks suggest "very healthy" pre-orders to date for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The firm believes there is upside potential for Activision in Q3 and Q4 and reiterate its Outperform rating on the stock.
09:01 EDTATVIActivision says sells over $500M of Destiny worldwide as of day one
Activision Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, announced that the company sold more than $500M of Destiny into retail stores and first parties worldwide as of day one, making the game the biggest new video game franchise launch in history.
September 8, 2014
06:10 EDTEAPopCap Games founder John Vechey leaves company, Re/code reports
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