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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 22, 2014
11:25 EDTMSFTCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
10:03 EDTMSFTThe Linley Group to hold a conference
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09:07 EDTMSFTIBM and Microsoft partner for hybrid cloud services
IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) are working to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure. Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud. IBM and Microsoft are working together to deliver a Microsoft .NET runtime for IBM's Bluemix cloud development platform. The companies will enable customers to bring their own software licenses to the IBM and Microsoft clouds.
08:59 EDTSNESony may lower smartphone target for second time this year, Bloomberg says
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08:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, The Verge reports
Microsoft plans to make Microsoft Lumia the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker, reports The Verge. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, focusing on mapping and network infrastructure. Reference Link
October 21, 2014
14:09 EDTSNEThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
15:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms availability of Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell
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12:09 EDTMSFTIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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08:00 EDTMSFTRBC Capital remains positive on Microsoft
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07:49 EDTSNESony November volatility elevated into Q2 and investor meeting
Sony November weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, January is at 28, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on October 31 and a company sponsored investor meeting on November 24.
07:06 EDTMSFTNICE Systems solution qualified to support Microsoft Lync
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
18:38 EDTSNESony's ‘Fury’ wins at the box office,'Gone Girl' keeps second place, WSJ says
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October 17, 2014
11:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft October weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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09:00 EDTGMEGameStop management to meet with SunTrust
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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 EDTGME, TTWO, ATVI, EASeptember NPD video game software sales fell 36%, says Piper Jaffray
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