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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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September 22, 2014
09:15 EDTMSFTAmazon's Iain Kennedy leaves company for Microsoft, Re/code reports
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07:24 EDTEAElectronic Arts new business model positive, says Stifel
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06:44 EDTSNE'The Maze Runner' leads weekend box office sales with $32.5M, WSJ reports
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September 21, 2014
12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft delays China launch of its Xbox One console, Reuters says
Microsoft announced that it has delayed the launch of its Xbox One game console in China, says Reuters. Microsoft, which has recently faced setbacks in China related to anti-trust probe involving its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office, said that it will launch the Xbox One game console in China by the end of the year, added Reuters. Reference Link
September 19, 2014
11:51 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Intel look to partner with Chinese mobile device makers, Nikkei says
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11:34 EDTMSFTRed Hat falls after Q3 outlook trails consensus
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10:48 EDTMSFTOracle tumbles after Q1 earnings miss estimates, Ellison steps aside as CEO
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10:12 EDTSNESony expected to launch SmartEyeglass by end of March, The Verge reports
Sony (SNE) is expected to launch SmartEyeglass, a competitor to Google Glass (GOOG), by the end of March, according to The Verge. Reference Link
08:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO to visit China, China Daily says
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is set to visit Beijing next week, according to China Daily. Nadella's visit comes as China conducts an anti-trust probe of the tech giant. The CEO is likely to visit high-ranking Chinese officials during his time in the country ,the newspaper added. Reference Link
September 18, 2014
12:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft laying off 2,100 employees today, company tells CNBC
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft lays off 2,100 employees, Seattle Times reports
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11:39 EDTSNESony's no-dividend policy could be sign of hope, not doom, Nikkei reports
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11:20 EDTTTWOTake-Two says will be profitable for foreseeable future
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11:16 EDTTTWOTake-Two says best use of cash is game development projects
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10:17 EDTSNESony Computer Entertainment division upbeat on 2014 profit, Reuters reports
The head of Sony's PlayStation division aims to raise its profit outlook for 2014 due to the strong sales of the latest PalyStation 4 and the rollout of games and content for its network services, reports Reuters. In an interview with Reuters, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said We raised our profit prediction and I hope that's a trend we can continue, even within this fiscal year." Sony has sold 10.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles as of Sept. 6. Reference Link
07:32 EDTTTWOMKM Partners to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTSNESony CEO says 'running out of options' for electronics unit, WSJ reports
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07:26 EDTSNEGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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06:45 EDTSNEMobile DRAM bit growth to reach 37.5% in 2H14, DigiTimes Research reports
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05:34 EDTMSFTInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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