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August 11, 2014
11:48 EDTKINGKing Digital shares weaker after Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of interactive entertainment company King Digital (KING) are falling in late-morning trading after the company was downgraded at Pacific Crest. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Pacific Crest analysts downgraded the company to Sector Perform from Outperform, saying King Digital's "Candy Crush Soda Saga" will not drive a return to growth. The firm believes that the game's popularity may have already peaked and leveled off. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In light of their low confidence in the "Soda Saga" game and the current trends in King Digital's portfolio, Pacific Crest is lowering its 2015 estimates, although it expects near-term estimates in the third quarter to meet expectations. The firm believes that the company faces the same risks as other videogame companies and must be able to develop another hit game to sustain growth, and says growth forecasts are more difficult to achieve in the fourth quarter and beyond. PRICE ACTION: Shares of King Digital are down 58c, or 3.01%, to $18.71 in late-morning trading. Year-to-date, shares are down over 1.5%.
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October 14, 2014
09:54 EDTKINGKing Digital falls, levels to watch
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October 8, 2014
10:48 EDTKINGGlu drops despite Benchmark optimism about Kardashian game
Research firm Benchmark Co. upgraded digital video game maker Glu Mobile (GLUU) to Buy from Hold, based on optimism about the company's upcoming third quarter earnings report. WHAT'S NEW: Glu may report higher than expected third quarter sales and earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization on October 29, Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey wrote in a note to investors today. The company may also raise its fourth quarter guidance, Hickey believes. Glu's results are being lifted by the success of the company's "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" game, the analyst believes. He has a $5.90 price target on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Taking the opposite view on Glu Mobile in an article yesterday was a short-selling blog, TheStreetSweeper. The blog said it "wouldn't be surprised" if the company cut its Q4 guidance, as Kim Kardashian and other Glu games "are fading fast." Company insiders are "selling huge chinks" of the company's shares, added the blog. Northland Capital analyst Darren Aftahi yesterday countered by accusing TheStreetSweeper of "acting as a megaphone" for shorts in the name, trying to drive down the stock in a weak market, and producing an article that is "full of conjecture." The analyst said he thinks the company could beat Q3 revenue expectations by a large amount, potentially producing a "massive short squeeze." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other digital video game makers include Zynga (ZNGA) and King Digital (KING). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Glu dropped 4% to $4.56.

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