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May 23, 2014
11:04 EDTGME, MSFT, SNE, WMTGameStop advances after profits beat expectations, outlook backed
Shares of multichannel video game retailer GameStop (GME) are rising this morning after the company reported better than expected first quarter profits and backed its fiscal 2014 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: GameStop reported Q1 earnings per share of 59c, which beat analysts' consensus estimate of 57c, and revenue of $2B, which was relatively in-line with an estimate of $2.03B. Consolidated comparable sales for the quarter increased 5.8%. For the quarter, the new hardware category grew 81.1% from the year-ago period, driven by strong worldwide consumer demand for Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One. The company said total market sales in the U.S. from launch through April of XBox One and PS4 hardware more than doubled the combined sales of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 hardware through their first six months of sales. Looking ahead, the company backed its fiscal year 2014 EPS view of $3.40-$3.70. The consensus forecast of analysts for FY14 EPS prior to the report was $3.68. Full year SSS are expected to be up 6%-12%. The company also forecast second quarter EPS of 12c-20c with SSS up 12%-19%. The consensus forecast for Q2 EPS prior to the report was 17c. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, GameStop CEO Paul Raines said the company is seeing "stronger" demand for the Xbox One as a result of the console's recent price drop last week, adding that the good news for the company is "we'll sell a lot more units." Also during the call, an analyst asked if GameStop's business has been impacted from Wal-Mart (WMT) recently entering the used game space. Raines said the company has not seen any impact from competitors entering the used game space and commented that "I would encourage you to go do some trades at all of our competitors, because I think all of them are in the trade business. We have a deep knowledge of how execution looks at all of those competitors and we do not have any impact from them." PRICE ACTION: GameStop is trading up $1.85, or about 5%, to $38.74 in mid-morning trading.
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July 15, 2014
05:53 EDTWMTStocks with implied volatility movement; CSCO WMT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Cisco (CSCO) 23, Wal-Mart (WMT) 13 according to iVolatility.
July 14, 2014
08:46 EDTMSFTItron selects Microsoft Azure as preferred cloud platform
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08:34 EDTMSFTPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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07:48 EDTMSFTQuantum computer company D-Wave may come public, FT says
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06:42 EDTSNE'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' leads box office with $73M opening, WSJ says
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06:10 EDTSNETaiwan touch panel makers see more orders from handset vendors, DigiTimes says
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms plans to discontinue MapPoint, Streets & Tips
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to expand coverage of free Windows licensing, DigiTimes reports
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July 13, 2014
15:54 EDTGMEGameStop, TJX, Staples, three other retailers look cheap, Barron's says
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July 12, 2014
12:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart sued by comedian Tracy Morgan over June crash, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
11:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires InMage, terms not disclosed
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06:57 EDTSNESony threatens to stop using Ascap, BMI, NY Times says
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06:42 EDTSNESoundcloud, record labels get closer to agreement, Bloomberg says
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06:33 EDTGMEGameStop CEO says retailer won't mess with creative direction, CNet reports
GameStop CEO Paul Raines said the company will not tamper with the creative direction, reports CNet. The company, however, is in the early stages of talking with game publishers about funding exclusive game content for customers. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
11:02 EDTSNEWi-LAN, Sony enter license agreement
Wi-LAN (WILN) announced that the company and Sony (SNE) have entered into a multi-year license agreement related to WiLAN's portfolio of television technologies. The agreement includes certain 3D television technology developed by SENSIO Technologies. SENSIO's S2D Switch technology is exclusively available from WiLAN. All remaining terms of the license agreement are confidential.
10:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO prepares reshaping plans
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06:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Vitalwerks settle lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTMSFT, SNEIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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06:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart implied volatility of 11 at lower end of index mean range
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