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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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August 14, 2014
18:04 EDTMSFTInterDigital loses patent case against Nokia, ZTE, Bloomberg reports
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17:53 EDTWMTWal-Mart not a bargain, Barron's reports
Wal-Mart reported in-line quarterly results, but lowered its FY15 EPS view due to investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs. The stock trades for approximately 13 times forward earnings, but only has an 8% long-term earnings growth rate, roughly half the industry average. At current levels, the stock is no bargain, Barron's reports. Reference Link
16:30 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:47 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target lowered to $80 from $84 at RW Baird
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13:25 EDTSNESony enters into car sensor industry, Nikkei says
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12:30 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%
"E-commerce is particularly important to both our customers and our company’s future, and we will continue to invest in areas such as technology, talent, and fulfillment. As a result, our fiscal 2015 earnings per share now assumes 5c-7c of incremental investment, versus our prior guidance of 2c-4c. I would like to add that, although we are slightly revising our e-commerce sales growth to 25% for this year, we continue to be very encouraged by the progress we are making on our strategic goals," Charles Holley, Walmart’s CFO, stated on the company's earnings conference call earlier.
08:12 EDTSNESony Pictures Entertainment, T3Media announce partnership
T3Media announced an expanded agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment, a unit of Sony, to allow T3Media to manage the licensing and distribution of the entire SPE stock footage archive. In addition, T3Media will expand its technology services offering to include enhanced automated metadata creation, additional storage capacity, digital distribution, and use of T3Media's industry leading temporal metadata toolsets. Starting in September, more than 140K clips SPE's stock footage archive will be available for the production community to license via T3Licensing.com. With a direct sales team and a global network of sub distributors, T3Media is ideally positioned to provide access and value for the SPE stock footage archive.
07:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 U.S. comp traffic down 1.1%, average ticket up 1.1%
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07:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart says saw double-digit e-commerce growth in 4 'most important' markets
Wal-Mart saw double-digit e-commerce growth from its "four most important markets," the U.S., U.K., China and Brazil, in Q1, Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon stated on the company's Q2 earnings call.
07:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hold a summit
2nd Annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit is being held in Denver, Colorado on August 14 at 4 pm. Webcast Link
07:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO says pleased with 'solid' EPS, encouraged by e-commerce growth
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07:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees Q3 EPS $1.10-$1.20, consensus $1.18
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07:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 U.S. SSS flat
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07:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart lowers FY15 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, consensus $5.15
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07:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart reports Q2 EPS $1.21, consensus $1.21
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August 13, 2014
15:05 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
12:44 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees Q2 EPS $1.15-$1.25, U.S. SSS flat
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12:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments ahead of results
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