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January 22, 2014
09:32 EDTGME, SNEGameStop announces new supply of Sony PS4 consoles now available
GameStop (GME) announced that it has received additional Sony (SNE) PlayStation 4 systems that are now available for customer purchase at U.S. GameStop stores. Since Christmas, GameStop has been working closely with Sony to receive weekly shipments of PS4 systems. These systems have been selling at a substantial rate and GameStop has received a new supply of the innovative entertainment system to help meet customer demand.
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September 17, 2014
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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06:18 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
05:34 EDTSNESony lowers FY14 net loss estimate to 230B from 50B yen
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September 15, 2014
11:45 EDTSNEMicrosoft slips after confirming purchase of Minecraft maker
Shares of software giant Microsoft (MSFT) are lower after the company reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise. WHAT'S NEW: Microsoft announced this morning that it agreed to acquire Mojang for $2.5B. The company expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2014. Microsoft plans to continue to make "Minecraft" available across all the platforms on which it is available today, which include its own Xbox platform, as well as on PCs, iOS, Android, and Sony's (SNE) PlayStation. "Minecraft" has had more than 100M downloads on PC alone since its launch in 2009, the company stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The announcement confirms a Wall Street Journal report from September 9 that said Microsoft was nearing a deal to buy the game maker for more than $2B. The report noted a Mojang acquisition would be the first multi-billion dollar acquisition by CEO Satya Nadella and it may be an unexpected push after Nadella had signaled a focus on its enterprise business rather than its consumer ones. Ahead of the acquisition, Reuters reported on September 13 that the impending purchase is aimed at pulling users onto Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. In the report, Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia said, "If Microsoft could on Windows phones give players a unique and compelling experience that you can't get on the other platforms, that could be a driver to sell devices to existing Minecraft fans.” ANALYST OPINION: The Reuters report also cited Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, who said "We don't view this acquisition as a signal of Microsoft's intent to double down on Xbox but consider it an attempt to better address mobile on a cross-platform basis." Also commenting on Microsoft this morning was Morgan Stanley, which expects the company to have a durable 12%-14% total return profile from full-year 2015 to full-year 2017. The firm increased its price target on the stock to $51 from $43, but with Microsoft trading at a 13% premium to the S&P, Morgan Stanley said investors should wait for better entry points before getting more aggressive in buying the shares. The firm added that Microsoft's solid enterprise business, stabilizing consumer business, and a shift towards more attractive cloud assets puts its on a more solid footing than it has ever seen, pointing towards sustained EPS growth. PRICE ACTION : In late-morning trading, Microsoft fell $0.42, or 0.9%, to $46.28.
09:53 EDTGMEGameStop intends to exit Spanish market through partial sale of store locations
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09:52 EDTGMEGameStop intends to exit Spanish market through partial sale of store locations
07:29 EDTSNESony's 'No Good Deed' tops weekend box office, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTSNEWearable orders appear optimistic in 2014, DigiTimes reports
Supply chains are seeing optimistic demand throughout 2014 for wearables, reports DigiTimes. Makers are seeing orders for flexible AMOLED panels and component orders for 1.56-inch panels. Reference Link
September 12, 2014
08:05 EDTSNERockstar Games says Grand Theft Auto V to launch Nov. 18 for PS4, Xbox One
Rockstar Games (TTWO) announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 (SNE) computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT) on November 18, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.
07:19 EDTSNESony confirms PS4 tops U.S. console sales for eighth straight month
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07:19 EDTSNE, GMEConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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06:30 EDTSNEGlobal tablet shipments to increase 9.1% in Q3, DigiTimes Research reports
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05:41 EDTSNESony collaborates with Teradek
Teradek announced collaboration with Sony to integrate Sony’s wireless camera adapter, the CBK-WA100 and CBK-WA101, with Teradek’s T-Rax and Slice H.264 decoders. The integration offers broadcasters a powerful point-to-point MPEG-2 solution for HD live video transmission from the field to TV stations or ENG trucks.
05:36 EDTGMEAugust NPD video game software sales fell 21%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says August NPD video game software sales fell 21% year-over-year. The firm continues to expect growth beginning in late 2014 and recommends using any weakness in shares of GameStop (GME), Electronic Arts (EA), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Take-Two (TTWO) as a buying opportunity.
September 10, 2014
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 Data’s 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 GameStop’s 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.
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