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April 13, 2012
08:14 EDTGME, ATVI, EA, KNM, SNE, MSFT, TTWO, ZNGAVideo game disc and console revenue down 25% in March, LA Times reports
Revenue from video game discs and consoles dropped 25% in the U.S. from a year ago, according to research firm NPD Group, with device sales down 35% to $323.5M and software sales down 25% to $553.1M, reported The Los Angeles Times. The report noted that the data include only sales of physical games and consoles and excludes digital downloads, social and mobile video games. Reference Link
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September 10, 2014
13:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to replace Nokia, Windows Phone brands, GeekOnGadgets.com says
Microsoft plans to stop using the "Nokia" and Windows Phone brands from their devices this holiday season, reports GeekOnGadgets.com. Citing a confidential internal Microsoft document, the branding will be replaced by the standard Windows logo alongside the phones. Reference Link
12:46 EDTSNESony Entertainment CEO says division spin-off 'not happening,' NY Post reports
The CEO of Sony's entertainment division, Michael Lynton, said that Sony is not entertaining a sale, spin-off, or joint venture of its entertainment business, New York Post reports, citing an overview of the business from Lynton during Golgman Sachs' Communacopia conference. Lynton also said that the entertainment division's music business has a very bright future, and the company "really wants the subscription model to thrive." Lynton also said that network TV is a promising business if producers know the landscape of the international market, New York Post added. Reference Link
11:41 EDTATVIActivision view looks conservative after Destiny launch, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said the strong launch of Destiny gives the firm confidence in its estimates for the game and the company's results and that Activision Blizzard's fiscal year guidance is looking "increasingly conservative." The firm reiterates its Overweight rating and $27 price target on Activision, which is down about 1% to $23.47 near midday.
11:38 EDTGME, ATVIGameStop achieved high share of Destiny sales, says BofA/Merrill
Activision (ATVI) announced that it sold more than $500M of Destiny on its first day, making it the biggest new video game franchise launch in history. BofA/Merrill believes GameStop (GME) had a very high share of Destiny sales and expects further clarity in the coming months. The analyst continues to believe GameStop is leveraged to momentum in the console cycle and believes competitive threats from full game downloads id overblown. Shares of GameStop are Buy rated with a $56 price target.
10:14 EDTATVIActivision early sales of Destiny above expectations, says RW Baird
RW Baird said Activision Blizzard's initial Destiny wholesale shipments of over $500M exceeded expectations and the firm added that its checks suggest "very healthy" pre-orders to date for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The firm believes there is upside potential for Activision in Q3 and Q4 and reiterate its Outperform rating on the stock.
10:01 EDTSNEViacom and Sony reach internet distribution agreement
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09:01 EDTATVIActivision says sells over $500M of Destiny worldwide as of day one
Activision Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, announced that the company sold more than $500M of Destiny into retail stores and first parties worldwide as of day one, making the game the biggest new video game franchise launch in history.
08:51 EDTGMEGameStop volatility at low end of historic range
GameStop September call option implied volatility is at 31, November is at 33, January is at 36; compared to it 26-week average of 41 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:31 EDTGMEGameStop, Alliance Data announce branded private label credit card program
GameStop Corporation (GME) and Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) announced the introduction of a GameStop-branded private label credit card program. Under the terms of the long-term agreement, Alliance Dataís Retail Services business, which manages more than 135 private label and co-brand credit programs, will deliver a customized loyalty-driven private label credit program designed to further enrich GameStopís relationship with its more than 28 million members of the successful PowerUp Rewards loyalty program. The new GameStop PowerUp Rewards Credit Card will provide cardholders with convenience and benefits exclusive to account holders, including being able to make purchases with the card in-store and online, promotional financing for larger purchases, online and mobile platform card management and payment services, as well as no annual fee and exclusive offers for savings throughout the year. Upon the opening of an account, PowerUp Rewards Pro members will receive a one-time award of 15,000 bonus points, and PowerUp Rewards Basic members will receive a one-time award of 5,000 bonus points.
07:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft coverage assumed with a Buy at MKM Partners
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September 9, 2014
18:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in serious talks to acquire Mojang AB for more than $2B, WSJ says
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07:28 EDTMSFTThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTMSFTChamber of Commerce says China antitrust efforts may be illegal, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft begins rolling out 'Delve' to Office 365 business customers
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September 8, 2014
09:40 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA YHOO BAC FB MSFT NFLX GILD MCD
07:34 EDTMSFTU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:37 EDTMSFTBaidu hires Microsoft's Zhang Yaqin, WSJ reports
Baidu (BIDU) has hired Zhang Yaqin, a top Microsoft (MSFT) executive in China, to become its president for new business,t he Wall Street Journal reports. Zhang was Microsoft's VP and chairman of its Asian-Pacific research and development group. Reference Link
06:21 EDTMSFTSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:10 EDTEAPopCap Games founder John Vechey leaves company, Re/code reports
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft gives MSN.com a facelift, Re/code reports
Microsoft has given MSN.com a major facelift a year after MSN was merged with Bing Apps, Re/code reports. The updated MSN will still feature news, sports and cars, but will also include interactive content involving food and fitness. MSN is expected to be fully rolled out by the end of the month, and optimized MSN apps for iOS and Android could be released by the end of hte year. Reference Link
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