Activision Blizzard Q1 top-line may miss expectations, says Piper Jaffray Piper Jaffray sees risk of a top-line miss when Activision Blizzard reports Q1 results on May 6 due to weakness in the company's publishing segment. Piper recommends buying shares of Activision on any post-earnings pullback and it keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
December 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).