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January 14, 2014
08:31 EDTSNE, MSFT, GMEGameStop reports holiday sales period SSS up 10.2%
Total global sales for the period were $3.15B, a 9.3% increase compared to the 2012 holiday sales period. Total comparable store sales increased 10.2%, with U.S. comps of +7.1% and international comps of +17.4%. Comparable store sales were driven by new video game console sales as demonstrated by the 99.8% increase in new hardware sales. During this transitional console period, strong sales of next generation software were offset by a greater than expected decline in Xbox 360 (MSFT) and PS3 (SNE) software sales resulting in a 22.5% decline in the new software category. The pre-owned category increased 7.0%, driven by a stronger in-stock position and by the sale of value-priced previous generation consoles. Gross margins for the pre-owned category are expected to range from 46% to 49% for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year.
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November 17, 2014
12:02 EDTMSFTSAP names new Chief Digital Officer, Chief Marketing Officer
SAP (SAP) announced that Jonathan Becher has been appointed as the company's first Chief Digital Officer to lead the company's new digital business unit with immediate effect. SAP has appointed Maggie Chan Jones as Chief Marketing Officer. Jones, who will join SAP from Level 3 Communications (LVLT), spent seven years at Microsoft (MSFT). She has extensive cloud experience having successfully navigated Microsoft's transition from on premise to a cloud business.
10:02 EDTSNEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:28 EDTGMEGameStop Q3 results should be at high end of guidance, says Wedbush
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07:08 EDTGMEGameStop November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:23 EDTMSFTFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:05 EDTGMEStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GME LULU
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November 16, 2014
19:58 EDTSNEJapan's GDP contracts 1.6% in third quarter, WSJ says
Japan's economy has slumped into a recession in the third quarter as a sales tax increase resulted in firms cutting inventory and capital investment, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Japan's real GDP in Q3 retreated 1.6% on an annualized basis against a median forecast for a 2.25% expansion. The setback in the country's growth will likely result in Prime Minster Shinzo Abe postponing a second sales tax increase, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
11:28 EDTGMEStocks with call strike movement; RIG GME
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs contract with Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed a contract with the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes related professional services, licensing, training and support.
09:05 EDTMSFT, GME, SNENPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
05:52 EDTGMEOctober NPD video game software sales fell 27%, says Piper Jaffray
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November 13, 2014
11:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms acquisition of security company Aorato
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07:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy Aorato for about $200M, sources say, WSJ reports
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07:24 EDTGMEGameStop November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:15 EDTGMEGameStop board authorizes $500M share repurchase program
GameStop said in a filing yesterday that on November 11, its Board of Directors approved a cash dividend to its stockholders. The quarterly dividend of 33c per share of Class A Common Stock will be paid on December 16, 2014 to stockholders of record on the close of business on November 25, 2014. Additionally, GameStop Corp. announced that its Board of Directors has authorized $500M of funds to be used in the company’s share repurchase plan. This new authorization replaces the $500M stock repurchase plan announced in November 2013, which had approximately $176.4M remaining at the time of the new authorization.
06:45 EDTSNE, MSFTMicrosoft Xbox sales tripled since price cut, CNet reports
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06:20 EDTMSFTAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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06:17 EDTSNESony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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06:04 EDTGMEStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GME LULU
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