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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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September 19, 2014
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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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10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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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
07:27 EDTSNESony CEO says 'running out of options' for electronics unit, WSJ reports
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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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September 17, 2014
09:45 EDTWMTWal-Mart faces criticism for dismissing China workers, Bloomberg reports
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09:10 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:08 EDTSNESony volatility expected to move after raises its net loss forecast
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning new wave of layoffs for this week, ZDNet reports
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06:18 EDTSNEAU Optronics enters Sony SmartWatch 3's supply chain, DigiTimes reports
AU Optronics (AUO) has entered Sony Mobile's (SNE) supply chain for the SmartWatch 3, reports DigiTimes. AUO will supply 30% of the 1.6-inch panels for the new smartwatch. Reference Link
06:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart to pay $66,000 to settle false advertising investigation with NY AG
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05:34 EDTSNESony lowers FY14 net loss estimate to 230B from 50B yen
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