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April 11, 2014
06:12 EDTDWA, SNE, VIVHYDreamWorks Animation may look to take a piece of Vevo, Re/code reports
DreamWorks (DWA) may be looking to expand by taking a piece of Vevo, a company owned primarily by Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group, Sony (SNE) Music and Abu Dhabi Media, reports Re/code. According to industry sources, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg submitted a bid to Vevo's owners this week. The amount of the stake is unknown. Reference Link
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July 30, 2014
11:42 EDTDWADreamWorks falls after Q2 results miss, SEC probe disclosed
Shares of animated film-maker DreamWorks Animation (DWA) are tumbling after the company reported worse than expected second quarter financial results and revealed that the SEC is investigating its 2013 writedown on the movie "Turbo." WHAT'S NEW: DreamWorks Animation experienced a Q2 earnings per share loss of (18c), while analysts were expecting a loss of (2c). The company's Q2 revenue was $122.3M, which was below analysts' consensus of $137.86M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, DreamWorks said the SEC is investigating its 2013 writedown on the movie "Turbo," but noted that it is cooperating with the probe. Looking ahead, the company says that the continued performance of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" at worldwide box offices is expected to be the primary driver of its Q3 results. Significant events for Q4 include the theatrical release of the "Penguins of Madagascar " on November 26, as well as its home video/home entertainment release of both "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" and "Dragon 2." The company called 2014 an "investment year," as it is aiming to continue investing "heavily" in each of its areas of growth and expects its spending to continue during the second half and into next year. Commenting on to its Television unit, DreamWorks says it remains on track to debut 3 new series in the second half of the year and 7 new series in 2015. The company continues to expect that its 2015 television revenue will exceed $250M and that its profit margin for this segment will approach 30% as it ramp up production and delivery. ANALYST OPINION: Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh is maintaining his Neutral rating on the shares as he expects the stock to continue to trade "sideways" until better perspective on the company's diversification efforts become evident. Marsh said he expects DreamWorks' investment spending and the SEC probe into the company's "Turbo" writedown will pressure shares. He said that he isn't certain about the nature of the investigation beyond the few remarks from management on the company's call, but based on what he knows at the moment, Marsh said that he doesn't see any big issues stemming from the probe. PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, shares of DreamWorks fell $3.15, or 14%, to $19.51.
09:04 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:16 EDTDWAOptions expected to be active: TWTR BWLD AXP DWA PNRA AMGN X FB
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06:10 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation investments, SEC to pressure shares, says Piper Jaffray
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July 29, 2014
17:23 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation says SEC investigating 'Turbo' writedown
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16:20 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation reports Q2 EPS (18c), consensus (2c)
Reports Q2 revenue $122.3M, consensus $137.86M.
10:00 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:52 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital
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07:36 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation August volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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July 28, 2014
17:42 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation names Mark Zoradi as COO
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July 24, 2014
09:32 EDTSNESony to raise production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors, DigiTimes says
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July 23, 2014
11:34 EDTVIVHYTelecom Italia CEO says TIM, GVT deal not goal at moment, Reuters says
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10:20 EDTSNESony investing to increase stacked CMOS image sensor production
Sony (SNE) announced earlier that it plans to invest in Nagasaki TEC and Kumamoto TEC from the second half of FY14 through the first half of FY15 to increase its production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors. This investment is primarily intended to reinforce Nagasaki TEC's layering process production capabilities, as well as Kumamoto TEC's mastering process facilities. The current investment is expected to enable Sony to complete subsequent stages of production, including the layering process, at Nagasaki TEC on semiconductor chips that have undergone the mastering process at Yamagata TEC, providing Sony with a fully integrated production system for stacked CMOS image sensors. This investment forms part of Sony's mid - to long-term plan to increase its total production capacity for image sensors to approximately 75K wafers per month and is expected to increase the current capacity of approximately 60K wafers per month to approximately 68K wafers per month in August 2015. Sony intends to bolster its manufacturing capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors, and further strengthen its integrated supply operations, and to thereby reinforce its leading market position. The total investment amount is expected to be approximately Y35B to be carried out in FY14 and in FY15. Of this, the amount to be invested in FY14, or approximately Y9B, was included in the forecast of capital expenditure for semiconductors in the current fiscal year of approximately Y65B announced on May 14. Note that OmniVision Technologies (OVTI) designs, develops and markets integrated and semiconductor image-sensor devices.
July 22, 2014
16:04 EDTSNESkullcandy names David Raffone as Chief Sales and Revenue Officer
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06:17 EDTSNEGlobal notebook shipments to increase 4.3% in Q3, DigiTimes Research says
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July 21, 2014
10:33 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation downgraded to Hold from Buy at Ascendiant
06:23 EDTSNEUpscale Sony Walkman enjoying a comeback in Japan, WSJ reports
Sony's new $700 Walkman, which is aimed at premium buyers, is enjoying a small comeback, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company says the ZX1, which houses 128 gigabytes of storage, is selling well in Japan. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
07:22 EDTSNETotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:06 EDTSNEXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
06:06 EDTSNESony confirms PlayStation4 is top selling next-gen consol in June for U.S.
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