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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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11:11 EDTGMEAnalyst says Best Buy shares poised to rise
Best Buy's (BBY) stock is poised to advance after the company reports its second quarter results, research firm B. Riley predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's forecast for increased margins in the second half of the year, along with easing comparisons, should cause the stock to rise, predicted B. Riley in a note to investors earlier today. The shares will be particularly well-positioned to climb after the company updates its guidance following its Q2 results, the firm believes. Best Buy's initiatives should help increase its revenue and profits heading into fiscal 2017 and the retailer can continues to increase its market share at the expense of Sears (SHLD), RadioShack and others. Additionally, macro economic trends remain favorable for Best Buy and its key product categories continue to perform well, according to B. Riley. The firm, which is particularly confident about the company's ability to beat Q4 consensus estimates, keeps a $47 price target on the name and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In their own note to investors this morning, SunTrust analysts David Magee and D. Mitch Van Zelfden speculated on potential M&A activity in the specialty retail space, noting that "Wall Street’s appetite for acquisitions has strengthened recently." In their opinion, Best Buy acquiring GameStop (GME) is among the "most compelling relationships" in the sector, the note explained. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Best Buy slid 0.4% to $34.72, while GameStop rose 1.3% to $44.92.
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06:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart to charge fees to ‘almost all’ vendors, Reuters reports
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18:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart poaches technology talent from eBay, WSJ says
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17:20 EDTGMEGameStop backs FY15 EPS view $3.63-$3.83, consensus $3.87
Backs FY15 revenue growth view on negative 1% to 4%. Full year comparable store sales are still expected to range from +1.0% to +6.0%.
17:16 EDTGMEGameStop backs Q2 EPS view 21c-25c, consensus 24c
Backs Q2 revenue growth view of negative 3% to flat; Backs Q2 SSS view of range from flat to +3.0%. Guidance from company slides presentation.
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