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December 13, 2013
12:32 EDTEA, ATVI, TTWO, GME, MSFT, SNEGame makers climb after NPD says industry revenue grew 7% in November
Shares of a number of video game makers are advancing, after data indicated that the video game industry's revenue had risen 7% in November. WHAT'S NEW: Sales by video game companies increased 7% compared with the same period in 2012 to $2.74 billion, research firm NPD reported. On an even more positive note for the industry, sales of hardware jumped 58% year-over-year, as both Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) launched new video game consoles. But sales of software in November of this year slid 24% compared to last, NPD added. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, PiperJaffray analyst Michael Olson wrote that he was more upbeat on the video game industry following the data. Key video games, including Electronic Arts' (EA) Battlefield, Activision Blizzard's (ATVI) Call of Duty and Take-Two's (TTWO) Grand Theft Auto sold "reasonably well," according to the analyst. Following the November data, Olson is more confident that video game makers and retailers will hit their sales targets this holiday season. He kept Overweight ratings on video game makers Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, and Take-Two. Olson also kept an Overweight rating on video game retailer GameStop (GME). PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Electronic Arts jumped 6.4% to $22.30, Take-Two rose 2% to $16.75, Activision Blizzard was unchanged at $16.60, and GameStop climbed 3.75% to $47.30.
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April 10, 2014
06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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April 9, 2014
17:26 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q1 fell 1.7%
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13:23 EDTMSFTEnd of Windows XP support could spur adoption of Chinese OS, WantChinaTimes says
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13:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft continues Windows XP support for select customers, Re/code reports
For most customers, support for Windows XP ended yesterday. However, for select customers and governments, Microsoft is providing paid custom support, Re/code reports. Reference Link
12:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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April 8, 2014
13:27 EDTMSFTGoogle, Citrix to collaborate on Chromebooks
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12:12 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:55 EDTMSFTNokia advances after securing Chinese approval for Microsoft deal
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09:09 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: BioScrip (BIOS), up 6.7% after stock was named as a stock pick and a potential takeover target by Oscar Schafer while speaking on CNBC... Nokia (NOK), up 5% after deal to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) receives regulatory approval in China... Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 4.6% after Bloomberg said, citing sources, that the company is in talks with Baidu-controlled (BIDU) Qunar (QUNR) about a partnership or a potential merger... Plug Power (PLUG), up 4.6% after CEO discusses plan to expand fuel cells to trucks in interview... FireEye (FEYE), up 2.5% following upgrade at Wedbush... Twitter (TWTR), up 2% following initiation of coverage with a Buy rating at at Janney Capital... Nike (NKE), up 1.75% after upgraded at Stifel. LOWER: Gigamon (GIMO), down 23% after lowering revenue outlook, shares downgraded at Pacific Crest... LivePerson (LPSN), down 3% after announcing resignation of EVP, Worldside Sales, shares downgraded at Benchmark... Cisco (CSCO), down 0.5% following downgrade to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Mediatek to push Windows tablet in white-box market, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) has been aggressively trying to persuade Mediatek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, there is a high chance for a partnership, which would lead to current smartphone chip partner Qualcomm (QCOM) to face strong pressure. Reference Link
06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft investing in 'invisible user interface' technology, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft ending support for Windows XP today, AP reports
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05:45 EDTMSFTNokia, Microsoft receive approval from China for Devices & Services transaction
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April 7, 2014
10:10 EDTMSFTAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft May volatility increases; shares near 14-year high into Q3
Microsoft April weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, April is at 23, May is at 25, July is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 24.
08:15 EDTSNECisco, Sony collaborate on live delivery of full-frame rate 4K 60P content
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07:46 EDTATVITurtle Beach reaches licensing agreement with Blizzard Entertainment
Turtle Beach, the gaming audio brand of Parametric Sound (PAMT), announced a new multi-year licensing agreement with Blizzard Entertainment, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (ATVI) around the Heroes of the Storm multiplayer game. As part of the agreement, Turtle Beach will develop PC gaming headsets for players.
06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft pushes for programming to rival Amazon, Netflix, Bloomberg says
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06:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft starts developing 4th-generation Surface, DigiTimes reports
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