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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 11, 2014
07:13 EDTWMTSome retailers wary of Apple Pay platform, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) Pay's success is dependent on incorporating more large retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) into the service, but both retailers recently ceased accepting payments using NFC terminals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman. Shelman said, "At this point we have no plans to accept Apple Pay." Reference Link
September 10, 2014
14:30 EDTMSFTVirnetX rises after court denies Microsoft motion to stay patent suit
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13:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to replace Nokia, Windows Phone brands, GeekOnGadgets.com says
Microsoft plans to stop using the "Nokia" and Windows Phone brands from their devices this holiday season, reports GeekOnGadgets.com. Citing a confidential internal Microsoft document, the branding will be replaced by the standard Windows logo alongside the phones. Reference Link
12:46 EDTSNESony Entertainment CEO says division spin-off 'not happening,' NY Post reports
The CEO of Sony's entertainment division, Michael Lynton, said that Sony is not entertaining a sale, spin-off, or joint venture of its entertainment business, New York Post reports, citing an overview of the business from Lynton during Golgman Sachs' Communacopia conference. Lynton also said that the entertainment division's music business has a very bright future, and the company "really wants the subscription model to thrive." Lynton also said that network TV is a promising business if producers know the landscape of the international market, New York Post added. Reference Link
11:38 EDTGMEGameStop achieved high share of Destiny sales, says BofA/Merrill
Activision (ATVI) announced that it sold more than $500M of Destiny on its first day, making it the biggest new video game franchise launch in history. BofA/Merrill believes GameStop (GME) had a very high share of Destiny sales and expects further clarity in the coming months. The analyst continues to believe GameStop is leveraged to momentum in the console cycle and believes competitive threats from full game downloads id overblown. Shares of GameStop are Buy rated with a $56 price target.
10:01 EDTSNEViacom and Sony reach internet distribution agreement
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08:51 EDTGMEGameStop volatility at low end of historic range
GameStop September call option implied volatility is at 31, November is at 33, January is at 36; compared to it 26-week average of 41 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:31 EDTGMEGameStop, Alliance Data announce branded private label credit card program
GameStop Corporation (GME) and Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) announced the introduction of a GameStop-branded private label credit card program. Under the terms of the long-term agreement, Alliance Dataís Retail Services business, which manages more than 135 private label and co-brand credit programs, will deliver a customized loyalty-driven private label credit program designed to further enrich GameStopís relationship with its more than 28 million members of the successful PowerUp Rewards loyalty program. The new GameStop PowerUp Rewards Credit Card will provide cardholders with convenience and benefits exclusive to account holders, including being able to make purchases with the card in-store and online, promotional financing for larger purchases, online and mobile platform card management and payment services, as well as no annual fee and exclusive offers for savings throughout the year. Upon the opening of an account, PowerUp Rewards Pro members will receive a one-time award of 15,000 bonus points, and PowerUp Rewards Basic members will receive a one-time award of 5,000 bonus points.
07:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft coverage assumed with a Buy at MKM Partners
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September 9, 2014
18:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in serious talks to acquire Mojang AB for more than $2B, WSJ says
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07:28 EDTMSFTThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTMSFTChamber of Commerce says China antitrust efforts may be illegal, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft begins rolling out 'Delve' to Office 365 business customers
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September 8, 2014
09:40 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA YHOO BAC FB MSFT NFLX GILD MCD
07:34 EDTMSFTU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:37 EDTMSFTBaidu hires Microsoft's Zhang Yaqin, WSJ reports
Baidu (BIDU) has hired Zhang Yaqin, a top Microsoft (MSFT) executive in China, to become its president for new business,t he Wall Street Journal reports. Zhang was Microsoft's VP and chairman of its Asian-Pacific research and development group. Reference Link
06:21 EDTMSFTSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft gives MSN.com a facelift, Re/code reports
Microsoft has given MSN.com a major facelift a year after MSN was merged with Bing Apps, Re/code reports. The updated MSN will still feature news, sports and cars, but will also include interactive content involving food and fitness. MSN is expected to be fully rolled out by the end of the month, and optimized MSN apps for iOS and Android could be released by the end of hte year. Reference Link
September 5, 2014
08:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks lower rent, more control with China mall, China Daily says
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06:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, competitors aim to halt Google EU agreement, Reuters says
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