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April 4, 2014
06:24 EDTEA, SNEElectronic Arts hires Sony developer Amy Hennig
Electronic Arts (EA) has hired Sony (SNE) creative director Amy Hennig to steer its upcoming "Star Wars" game, the company announced. Hennig will join the Visceral Games team. Reference Link
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July 30, 2015
16:05 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees FY16 EPS about $2.85, consensus $2.87
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16:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees Q2 non-GAAP revenue $1.08B, consensus $1.12B
16:02 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees Q2 EPS about 40c, consensus 67c
Sees Q2 revenue approximately $815M, consensus $1.12B.
16:02 EDTEAElectronic Arts reports Q1 EPS 15c, consensus 3c
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15:04 EDTEANotable companies reporting after market close
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15:04 EDTEAElectronic Arts July weekly 72 straddle priced for 6.2% movement into Q2
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14:38 EDTEAElectronic Arts technical comments before earnings
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08:00 EDTEAElectronic Arts July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:43 EDTSNESony sees FY16 revenue Y7.9B, operating income Y320M
Mobile Communications sales are expected to be lower than the April forecast primarily due to an expected decrease in smartphone unit sales. Although higher than originally anticipated selling prices of smartphones and additional cost reductions are expected to offset the negative impact of the above-mentioned decrease in sales, operating loss is expected to be larger than the April forecast primarily due to the negative impact of foreign exchange rates. Game & Network Services sales are expected to be higher than the April forecast primarily due to an expected increase in PS4 hardware unit sales and PS4 software sales. Operating income is expected to be above the April forecast due to the above-mentioned increase in sales, partially offset by the negative impact of foreign exchange rates and an expected increase in marketing and promotional costs. Imaging Products & Solutions sales and operating income are expected to be higher than the April forecast primarily due to an expected increase in unit sales of digital cameras and the positive impact of foreign exchange rates. Devices sales are expected to be higher than the April forecast primarily due to an expected increase in image sensor sales reflecting the impact of foreign exchange rates, partially offset by an expected decrease in battery business sales. The forecast for operating income remains unchanged from the April forecast mainly due to the above-mentioned increase in image sensor sales being offset mainly by the above-mentioned decrease in battery business sales. The forecasts for sales and operating income for the HE&S, Pictures, Music, and Financial Services segments remain unchanged from the April forecast.
06:40 EDTSNESony reports Q1 EPS Y70.36 vs. Y22.94 last year
Reports Q1 sales and operating revenue Y1.82B. Reports Q1 operating profit Y96.9B. Sales were essentially flat year-on-year mainly due to a decrease in Mobile Communications segment sales reflecting a significant decrease in smartphone unit sales and a decrease in Home Entertainment & Sound segment sales reflecting a decrease in unit sales of mid-range LCD televisions, substantially offset by the impact of foreign exchange rates and a significant increase in Devices segment sales reflecting the strong performance of image sensors. On a constant currency basis, sales decreased 7% year-on-year.
July 26, 2015
17:16 EDTSNEChina to repeal restrictions on videogame consoles, WSJ says
China will end its restrictions on manufacturing and selling videogame consoles within the country, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing statements from China's Ministry of Culture. The report notes that foreign console makers such as Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE), and Nintendo (NTDOY) were previously limited to operations in just the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, but will now have access to the entire country. A Sony spokesperson remarked, "This is great news for us." Reference Link
15:59 EDTSNEDisney's 'Ant-Man' leads U.S. weekend box office with $24.8M
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July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTSNEEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
July 23, 2015
06:19 EDTSNESony plans 'stripped back' version of Android
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05:59 EDTSNEEU sends Statement of Objections to Sky, U.S. film studios
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK (SKYAY) and six major U.S. film studios: Disney (DIS), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), Paramount Pictures (VIA), Sony (SNE), Twentieth Century Fox (FOXA) and Warner Bros (TWX). The Commission takes the preliminary view that each of the six studios and Sky UK have bilaterally agreed to put in place contractual restrictions that prevent Sky UK from allowing EU consumers located elsewhere to access, via satellite or online, pay-TV services available in the UK and Ireland. Without these restrictions, Sky UK would be free to decide on commercial grounds whether to sell its pay-TV services to such consumers requesting access to its services, taking into account the regulatory framework including, as regards online pay-TV services, the relevant national copyright laws. If the Commission's preliminary position were to be confirmed, each of the companies would have breached EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. These antitrust investigations focus on contractual restrictions on passive sales outside the licensed territory in agreements between studios and broadcasters.
July 22, 2015
06:08 EDTSNESony to create drone company to offer services for business customers, WSJ says
Sony (SNE) plans to create a drone company to offer services like inspecting aged infrastructure and surveying land that is difficult to access, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drone company, Aerosense, will be created in a joint venture with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo startup which specializes in autopilot technology. Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) are currently researching the use of drones for package delivery, the report notes. Reference Link
July 21, 2015
05:12 EDTEAEA SPORTS partners with Real Madrid C.F. as official videogame partner
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July 20, 2015
10:43 EDTEAZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
06:35 EDTSNESony to buy more LCD TV panels in Malaysia, Nikkei Asian Review reports
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05:44 EDTEAZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
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