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May 23, 2014
11:04 EDTSNE, MSFT, WMT, GMEGameStop 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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June 24, 2015
06:07 EDTMSFTJefferies says PC market to stay 'lower for longer'
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June 23, 2015
18:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart poaches technology talent from eBay, WSJ says
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17:20 EDTGMEGameStop backs FY15 EPS view $3.63-$3.83, consensus $3.87
Backs FY15 revenue growth view on negative 1% to 4%. Full year comparable store sales are still expected to range from +1.0% to +6.0%.
17:16 EDTGMEGameStop backs Q2 EPS view 21c-25c, consensus 24c
Backs Q2 revenue growth view of negative 3% to flat; Backs Q2 SSS view of range from flat to +3.0%. Guidance from company slides presentation.
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12:54 EDTMSFTPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may charge extra licensing fees for high-end notebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTMSFT, SNENo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
06:04 EDTMSFTOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
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June 22, 2015
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14:42 EDTMSFTOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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09:51 EDTSNESony to launch 1-terabyte PlayStation 4 in July
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June 21, 2015
14:44 EDTMSFTFitbit shares likely to see 'typical IPO' subpair gains, Barron's says
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