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March 18, 2014
10:14 EDTWMT, GMEGameStop drops after Wal-Mart announces used game trade-in plan
Shares of video game retailer GameStop (GME) are sliding after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that customers would be able to trade in their used video games in return for store credit. Two research firms, however, remained largely upbeat on GameStop's outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Wal-Mart earlier this morning announced that customers will be able to trade in their used video games and use the store credit received on any other products sold by the company. Wal-Mart said it would accept thousands of games under the program, which will kick off next week on March 26. The retail giant added that it would sell the used games it receives. GameStop sells both new and used video games. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said he saw little or no evidence that competition in the used game business would hurt GameStop's financial results. Wal-Mart and at least five other major retailers have tried in the past to enter the used video game market, but have met with only modest success, the analyst wrote. It's difficult to launch a profitable used game business, according to the analyst, who kept a $55 price target and Outperform rating on GameStop. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer analyst Brian Nagel thinks the news will weigh on GameStop's shares in the near-term. However, over the long-term, Nagel believes that GameStop has a "significant leg up" on any new entrant into the used video game market. Nagel kept a $47 price target and Outperform rating on GameStop. PRICE ACTTION: In early morning trading, GameStop fell $1.97, or 5%, to $37.78. Wal-Mart shares were fractionally higher near $74.83.
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January 21, 2015
13:38 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Wal-Mart to Equal Weight citing balanced risk/reward and lack of margin growth due to potential re-investments.
January 20, 2015
13:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
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09:44 EDTWMTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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January 16, 2015
10:12 EDTWMTSprint unit Virgin Mobile to offer no contract data sharing plans
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05:45 EDTGMEDecember NPD video game software sales dropped 2%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes December NPD video game software sales fell 2% year-over-year, with the full quarter down 6% and 2014 down 13%. Piper attributes the declines to legacy weakness and a portion of sales shifting to full-game downloads. The firm expects software growth in 2015 and maintains Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
January 15, 2015
16:17 EDTGMEGameStop names Tony Bartel COO
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09:24 EDTWMTEpiq Systems to hold a webinar
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January 14, 2015
16:33 EDTGMEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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10:00 EDTGMEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTGMEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
07:47 EDTGMEGameStop new software sales promising, says SunTrust
After GameStop reported roughly in-line holiday SSS but said that its new software sales had risen 6%, the firm thinks the overall holiday data bodes well for the company's Q4 results. The firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:23 EDTGMEGameStop looks to be capitalizing on new products, says Oppenheimer
After GameStop reported that its total holiday SSS fell 3.1% but reiterated its previous Q4 EPS guidance, Oppenheimer says the company looks to be capitalizing on new products, while the short thesis on the stock was "somewhat" undermined by the company's report. The firm says the company is not yet out of the woods, but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:38 EDTGMEGameStop upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
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