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May 13, 2014
13:47 EDTGME, MSFT, EA, ATVI, TTWO, SNE, NTDOYGameStop climbs after Microsoft announces cheaper Xbox
Shares of video game retailer GameStop (GME) are climbing after Microsoft (MSFT) announced that it will offer a cheaper version of its Xbox One video game console. GameStop and video game makers should benefit from the launch of the lower priced Xbox, research firm Robert W. Baird stated. WHAT'S NEW: Earlier today on its corporate blog, Microsoft announced that the company will offer a new version of Xbox One for as little as $399 beginning on June 9. Xbox One is now only available for $499. The cheaper version of the game console will not include Kinect, the company's motion and voice sensing system, Microsoft stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian predicted that video game sales would rise as a result of Microsoft's decision. Historically, price cuts on video game consoles have caused sales of both the consoles and video games to rise significantly, the analyst reported. GameStop should get a boost from this trend, while sales of Electronic Arts' (EA) Titanfall game could also get a lift from Microsoft's move, Sebastian believes. He kept a $50 price target and Outperform rating on GameStop. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, GameStop rose 2.25% to $37.65, Microsoft advanced 1.7% to $40.35, and Electronic Arts added 0.3% to $35.40. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded video game makers include Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Take-Two (TTWO). Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY) offer console gaming systems that compete with Microsoft's Xbox One and Xbox 360.
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October 17, 2014
06:30 EDTMSFT, SNENPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTSNE, NTDOY, MSFTSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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05:39 EDTTTWO, GME, EA, ATVISeptember NPD video game software sales fell 36%, says Piper Jaffray
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October 16, 2014
07:48 EDTSNESony must decide quickly what to do with smartphone strategy, Nikkei says
Sony's (SNE) "One Sony" strategy is built around providing contents to consumers and smartphones are one of three pillars it sees for growth, but the strategy is "on the brink of collapse" as the company falls behind Apple (AAPL) and Chinese rivals, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Sony officials are debating whether smartphone operations in Asia should be downsized and whether cutting 1,000 jobs, or 15% of its mobile communications workforce, would be warranted, according to the report. Reference Link
06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says working with YouTube to reinstate content inadvertently removed
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October 15, 2014
12:58 EDTSNESony has 40% upside potential, Barron's reports
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10:11 EDTGMEGameStop expands layaway program for 2014 holiday season
GameStop announced that it will expand its 2014 holiday layaway program to include more products. In addition, through its new PowerUp Rewards credit card, GameStop is offering special financing. For a limited time, PowerUp Rewards Pro credit cardholders will receive zero percent interest on purchases of $500 or more for six months, GameStop announced.
09:40 EDTGMEGameStop upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Hilliard Lyons
09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Docker for container applications
Microsoft and Docker Inc. announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux.
06:39 EDTMSFTChina's reponse to Xbox One 'chilly,' Business Insider reports
Sales of Microsoft's Xbox One in China began nearly two weeks ago, and signs indicate that the response has been "chilly," Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:32 EDTMSFTTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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October 14, 2014
09:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may want to consider split, says BGC Financial
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06:46 EDTMSFTFirm indicates vulnerability in Microsoft Windows used by Russian hackers
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06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says hit 1M registrants to test Windows 10 preview version
Microsoft says on its Windows blog that it hit 1M registrants for the Windows Insider Program to test the preview version of Windows 10. The company says it has received 200,000 items of user feedback. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:22 EDTSNESony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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