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May 21, 2014
16:17 EDTATVI, VIVHYActivision Blizzard announces sale of 41.5M shares of common by Vivendi
Activision Blizzard (ATVI) announced a public offering of 41,499,689 shares of its common stock by Vivendi S.A (VIVHY). The offering and sale of shares owned by Vivendi S.A. are being made in accordance with the agreements entered into in connection with the transactions previously announced on July 25, 2013. The offering is expected to close and settle on May 28. The company will not receive any of the proceeds from the offering of shares by the selling stockholder. The last reported sale price of the companyís common stock on May 20 was $20.83 per share. Barclays and Credit Suisse are acting as joint bookrunning managers and underwriters for the offering.
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September 29, 2014
16:22 EDTVIVHYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened sharply lower, as the volatility which was seen last week carried over. It was the sixth session in a row, and the eighth in the last ten, in which the Dow experienced a triple digit move. The early weakness was attributed to unrest in Hong Kong as pro-Democratic protesters forced the closing of 17 banks and many small businesses. The market was able to shrug off the early weakness and pared its losses, with the Nasdaq eventually crossing into positive territory for a brief time. The averages all ended the day in the red, but were much improved from the lows they hit right after the opening bell. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer spending increased 0.5% last month, which was a bit better than expected. Personal incomes increased 0.3% in August, which matched the consensus forecast of economists. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index fell 1.0% to 104.7 in August, which was worse than the expected drop of 0.5%. In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dropped nearly 2% as riot police advanced on protesters in the deepest unrest since China took back control of the colony two decades ago. In Europe's bond market, Italian and Spanish yields rose as Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi faced rumors that he could be pressured to quit and leaders in Spain's Catalonia region called for a referendum to be held on independence. COMPANY NEWS: DreamWorks Animation (DWA) rallied $5.82, or 26.03%, to $28.18 after The Hollywood Reporter said yesterday that the company is in talks to be acquired by Japanese telecom company Softbank (SFTBF), the parent of U.S. wireless carrier Sprint (S). Softbank is negotiating to buy DreamWorks for $32 per share, or $3.4B, the report said, citing an unnamed source, though CNBC's David Faber and entertainment industry publication Variety were cautious about whether a deal will be consummated. Lionsgate (LGF), another movie maker recently linked to Softbank by The New York Post and to Vivendi (VIVHY) by Reuters, also rose $1.79, or 5.74%, to $32.99. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were a number of companies that agreed to be acquired. Ambit Biosciences (AMBI) surged $7.14, or 87.07%, to $15.34 after Daiichi Sankyo agreed to acquire all of its outstanding shares for $15 per share in cash plus one Contingent Value Right based on commercialization related milestones. Einstein Noah (BAGL) advanced $6.76, or 50.49%, to $20.15 after the bagel shop owner agreed to be acquired by JAB Holding Company for $20.25 per share in cash. Athlon Energy (ATHL) rose $11.59, or 24.8%, to $58.32 after striking a deal to be bought by Canadian energy giant Encana (ECA), which also gained 46c, or 2.18%, to $21.59 following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was Civeo Corporation (CVEO), which dropped $12.63, or 49.59% to $12.84 after the company decided against conversion to a real estate investment trust, or REIT, and said it will continue as C corporation and redomicile to Canada. Also lower were shares of Ford (F), which fell $1.22, or 7.47%, to $15.11 after the automaker said during its investor day presentation that it won't achieve its previously stated 2014 profit goal and now sees pre-tax profit of $6B for the fiscal year. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 41.93, or 0.25%, to 17,071.22, the Nasdaq fell 6.34, or 0.14%, to 4,505.85, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.05, or 0.25%, to 1,977.80.
13:53 EDTVIVHYVivendi may look at deal for Lionsgate, Reuters says
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September 25, 2014
17:45 EDTATVIPatent claims against Activision Blizzard use of lip synchronization dismissed
Activision Blizzard announced that the United States District Court, Central District of California has invalidated all patent claims asserted against the company by McRO, Inc. d.b.a. Planet Blue. The Court concluded that two patents for automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expressions of 3D characters were invalid, and as a result, the case against Activision Blizzard has been dismissed. The Courtís decision to invalidate the patents follows precedent set by the Supreme Courtís recent ruling in Alice Corp., confirming that abstract ideas are not patentable.
13:26 EDTVIVHYOrange request refused for Bouygues-SFR deal halt, WSJ says
The competition authority in France rejected a request from Orange SA (ORAN) who hoped to halt a mobile-network-sharing agreement between competitors Bouygues Telecom and SFR, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing comments from Nicolas Laederich, who was in charge of answering antitrust questions that were directed Orange SA. SFR was formally owned by Vivendi (VIVHY). Reference Link
September 23, 2014
13:19 EDTATVIBlizzard cancels development of Titan, Polygon reports
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September 22, 2014
10:01 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard moves to dismiss 'frivolous' lawsuit by Manuel Noriega
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September 19, 2014
06:17 EDTVIVHYTelefonica acquires Brazil's GVT from Vivendi
Spanish telecom company Telefonica (TEF) agreed to buy Brazilian telecom unit Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from Vivendi (VIVHY) for EUR4.66B in cash as well as a payment in shares representing 12.0% of the share capital of Telefonica Brasil, after its integration with GVT. As part of the agreement, Vivendi has accepted Telefonicaís offer to acquire 1.1B ordinary shares held by Telefonica in Telecom Italia (TI), currently representing 8.3% of Telecom Italiaís voting share capital (corresponding to 5.7% of its total share capital), in exchange of 4.5% of Vivendiís capital in the company resulting from the integration between Telefonica Brasil and GVT.
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.

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