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August 22, 2014
11:59 EDTATVI, EA, MSFT, NTDOY, GME, TTWO, SNEGameStop 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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May 15, 2015
15:00 EDTMSFTBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
14:43 EDTGMEGameStop May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:03 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
05:52 EDTGME, EA, ATVI, TTWOApril NPD video game software sales rose 13%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes April NPD video game software sales increased 13% year-over-year with next-generation software revenue up 200% versus the prior year. Piper keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
May 14, 2015
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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15:21 EDTTTWOTake-Two June volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Take-Two June call option implied volatility is at 43, September is at 38, December is at 35; compared to its 90-average of 39, suggesting large near term price movement in to the expected release of Q4 results on May 18.
11:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test 52-week high, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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May 13, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
May 12, 2015
10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
May 11, 2015
13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
10:29 EDTEAElectronic Arts management to meet with Jefferies
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09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
May 10, 2015
17:35 EDTSNEDisney's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' leads U.S. weekend box office with $77.2M
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