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August 22, 2014
11:59 EDTATVI, GME, MSFT, SNE, NTDOY, EA, TTWOGameStop surges after Q2 EPS, revenue beat expectations
Shares of video game retailer GameStop (GME) are surging after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that surpassed analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: GameStop's Q2 EPS was 22c, higher than analysts' 18c consensus. The retailer's Q2 revenue was $1.73B, which was better than analysts' consensus of $1.63B. GameStop's Q2 same-store-sales were up 21.9%. During the quarter, new hardware sales increased 124.8%, as worldwide demand for Microsoft’s (MSF) Xbox One and Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation 4 remained very high. New software sales grew 15.6% driven by the strong performance of recently released new titles, such as Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs and Nintendo’s (NTDOY) Mario Kart 8. GameStop anticipates Q3 EPS in the range of 58c-64c, which is in-line with analysts' 59c consensus. The company sees Q2 SSS to be up 1%-5%. The retailer anticipates FY14 EPS to be in the range of $3.40-$3.70, which falls in-line with analysts' consensus of $3.68 GameStop foresees FY14 SSS to be up 6%-12%. ANALYST OPINION: R.W. Baird raised its price target on GameStop to $52 from $50 after the company reported Q2 results "above expectations" which were prompted by strong demand for hardware, growing software sales, and increasing digital receipts. Baird said that advantages exist in the retailer's "technology brand" which remains on schedule for 300-400 openings for the year. Baird kept an Outperform rating on GameStop. Piper Jaffray feels that GameStop's guidance for the year could be "conservative" in the second half as SSS expectations look to be low in the midst of a quicker than anticipated uptake of next generation consoles along with strong software attach rates. Piper feels that the video game industry as a whole is still working through a console transition "air pocket," but still, noted that it foresees the optics of the video game market will get better in the second half when software sales become positive. The firm increased its price target on the stock to $53 from $52 while maintaining its Overweight rating. PRICE ACTION: In late-morning trading, GameStop climbed $2.43, or 6%, to $42.92. OTHERS TO WATCH: Publicly traded video game makers include Electronic Arts (EA), Take-Two Interactive (TTWO), and Activision Blizzard (ATVI).
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October 13, 2014
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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October 10, 2014
10:49 EDTGMEHigh option volume stocks
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10:01 EDTEAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:59 EDTEAElectronic Arts upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.
Benchmark Co. upgraded Electronic Arts to Buy with a $42.50 price target saying the company's upcoming Q2 results will likely beat expectations and drive share upside.
07:04 EDTSNEAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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October 9, 2014
13:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says committed to Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's Brian Hall acknowledged in a post to the company's Surface blog that the company has recently received a lot of interest and questions from businesses about Microsoft’s longer-term commitment to Surface is in businesses of all sizes. Surface Pro 3 will continue to support Windows 8.1 and be upgrade-able when Windows 10 is released, Hall stated. Hall also announced a limited-time Surface Laptop Replacement Bundle that provides up to $150 off of a Surface Pro 3, Type Cover and Docking Station when purchased together, available through Microsoft's authorized resellers in the U.S. starting immediately. "Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay," Hall, the General Manager for Surface, stated in concluding the blog post. The Fly notes that DigiTimes, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, reported earlier that Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for the Surface Pro 3. Reference Link
11:15 EDTGMEGameStop management to meet with Oppenheimer
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTMSFT, SNESony moves step further toward sale of PS4 in China, WSJ says
Sony (SNE), which seeks to join Microsoft (MSFT) in selling video game consoles in China, may see a partner company start packaging its consoles in the nation in December, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a filing posted by a Sony local partner on the official website of Shanghai’s free-trade zone. A Sony spokesperson said the facility's ability to package 200,000 consoles a year, which was communicated in the filing, does not represent an actual business plan and declined to comment further on Sony’s plans. Reference Link
08:53 EDTSNE, MSFTAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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08:06 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard files response to Noriega lawsuit
Activision Blizzard, filed a response to Manuel Noriega’s opposition in the lawsuit brought by the former dictator and convicted murderer. Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor and named partner of Bracewell & Giuliani, will argue as co-counsel beside Munger, Tolles & Olson at the October 16 hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court in support of Activision Blizzard’s motion. Activision Blizzard is moving to strike Noriega’s lawsuit on the grounds that the minor inclusion of a Noriega character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II is protected free speech. The motion to strike was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 22. The legal action seeks to dismiss Manuel Noriega’s complaint at the outset under California’s anti-SLAPP statute. Lawyers for Manuel Noriega filed a response to the anti-SLAPP motion on October 2. The Superior Court will consider the matter at a hearing on October 16.
06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO admits 'mistakes' with Windows 8, Business Insider reports
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:31 EDTSNE, MSFTFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:29 EDTSNEIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTSNEMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft rumored to cancel Surface tablet business, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the first and second generation Surface tablets are estimated to have created losses of about $1.7B. Reference Link
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