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July 30, 2014
11:47 EDTMSFT, EA, GME, SNESony turned down participating in 'EA Access' program, Game Informer reports
After Electronic Arts (EA) announced a new subscription game service, dubbed "EA Access," in partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) for Xbox One, Sony (SNE) told Game Informer that the company evaluated the offering and "decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect. The Sony spokesperson added that PlayStation Plus memberships are up "more than 200%" since the launch of PlayStation 4. The Fly notes that the new EA/Microsoft partnership has been widely pointed to as a factor in yesterday's decline in shares of game retailer GameStop (GME). Reference Link
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November 15, 2015
17:09 EDTSNE'Spectre' stays uncatchable while Christmas-themed 'Coopers' outperforms
"Spectre" and "The Peanuts" remained in first and second place, respectively, at the domestic box office while Christmas comedy "Love The Coopers" topped expectations heading into the holiday period. WEEKEND LEADER: Sony's (SNE) "Spectre" grossed $35.4M in the U.S. for the weekend of November 15, falling roughly 50% from its $73M domestic open. Globally speaking, the latest James Bond film has pulled in $543.8M in just its second week at the box office. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" earned $24.2M, as Charlie Brown and friends fell somewhat short of analyst expectations for $28.7M. Meanwhile, Lionsgate's (LGF) Christmas-themed comedy "Love The Coopers" debuted at $8.4M, beating estimates of $5.2M-$8M despite harsh reviews. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Fox's "The Martian" with $6.7M and newcomer "The 33" at $5.8M. Analyst expectations ranged $5.5M-$10M for the disaster survival drama from Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros.
November 13, 2015
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 13, 2015
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12:34 EDTGMEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following worse than expected retail sales data in the U.S. and a report showing that the Eurozone's economic growth slowed last quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined on Friday morning following the weaker than expected retail sales data reported by the government as well as third quarter earnings reports from Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). Each of the aforementioned department store operators slid following their reports, as did Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS), which reported on their own results earlier in the week. TJX Companies (TJX) and Ross Stores (ROST), which are both scheduled to report quarterly earnings next week, were also among those caught up in the weakness... Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped 13% after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drugmakers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid 7% in the wake of the shareholder vote... Cisco (CSCO) fell 6% after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations but its guidance for the new quarter disappointed. A number of analysts that had been bullish on the name trimmed their price targets in response but also recommended the post-earnings weakness as a buying opportunity. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Syngenta (SYT), which rallied 5% after Bloomberg reported that the company rejected an initial $42B offer from ChemChina. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained 4% after it reported positive year over year same store sales growth for its China division in October. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which fell 14% after its stock was downgraded at Pacific Crest and NPD estimated that video game software sale declined 3% last month compared to the same month of last year. Also lower was Fossil (FOSL), which plunged 33% after the watchmaker gave lower than expected profit guidance for the upcoming quarter and said it continues to expect this fiscal year's results to be "significantly" negatively impacted by foreign currency changes. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 88.19, or 0.51%, to 17,359.88, the Nasdaq was down 34.22, or 0.68%, to 4,970.86, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.45%, to 2,036.73.
11:38 EDTSNEBox Office Battle: 'Spectre,' 'The Peanuts Movie' expected to remain on top
Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is again expected to top the box office in its second weekend at theaters, with an estimated domestic gross in the $30.3M-$32.4M range. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film "The Peanuts Movie," starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is again likely to come in second, predicted to earn an additional $28.7M. Newcomer "The 33," a drama retelling the true story of the Chilean miners that were trapped underground in 2010, is expected to open between $5.5M-$10M in 2,400 theaters. "The 33" is being distributed in North America by Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros. Pictures, and in Latin America by Fox's 20th Century Fox. Holiday dramedy "Love the Coopers," starring John Goodman and Diane Keaton, is estimated to open in the $5.2M-$8M range. "Love the Coopers" is being released in 2,603 theaters by Lionsgate (LGF) and CBS's (CBS) CBS Films. Fox's "The Martian," which opened on October 2, is predicted to earn an additional $6M-$6.8M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Disney (DIS), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
10:48 EDTGME, EAGameStop retreats after downgrade, NPD sales data
Video game retailer GameStop (GME) is falling after its stock was downgraded by Pacifc Crest and a research firm estimated that video game software sale declined 3% last month compared to the same month of last year. Notably, the news comes after video game makers Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA) have recently announced some upbeat news. WHAT'S NEW: Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson cut his rating on GameStrop to Sector Weight from Overweight, citing weaker than expected physical game sales, the growth of digital games, and the stock's gains. Noting that research firm NPD reported that sales of new physical software video games had dropped 3% year-over-year last month, Wilson says he is not as optimistic as he had been that the category will grow going forward. Additionally, the popularity of digital games, where GameStop's market share and profitability are much lower than in physical software, is hurting the retailer, the analyst stated. The new video games due out in 2016 don't look especially impressive, and before today's trading, GameStop's stock was approaching Wilson's previous price target, the analyst wrote. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activision Blizzard's stock climbed November 11 and November 12 after the company announced that its new Call of Duty video game had generated more than $550M of sales in the first weekend it was available. In a note to investors on November 11, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson said he still anticipates that Activision will sell 20.5M units of Call of Duty this year. However, he added that the estimate could prove conservative, given solid reviews of the game and a bigger next-gen console installed base. He kept an Overweight rating on the shares. On October 29, Electronic Arts reported stronger than expected second quarter results and provided stronger than expected Q3 guidance. The company's "Star Wars: Battlefront" game, due out November 17, has generally gotten good reviews from analysts. The video game should be "one of the strongest titles" this quarter, and should kick off an important franchise for the company, predicted Piper's Olson, who expects the company to sell 13.5M units of the game. He kept an $87 price target and Overweight rating on EA shares. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GameStop dropped 12% to $39.20, Electronic Arts slid 1% to $70.93 and Activision fell 1.8% to $34.39.
10:00 EDTGMEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) downgraded after Q3 miss at Sterne Agee CRT... CafePress (PRSS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... (CTRP) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CubeSmart (CUBE) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Digital Ally (DGLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... El Pollo Loco (LOCO) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded on stock outperformance at Raymond James... Fly Leasing (FLY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GameStop (GME) downgraded on valuation, digital impact at Pacific Crest... Histogenics (HSGX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... MaxPoint (MXPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Memorial Resource (MRD) downgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Rite Aid (RAD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rubicon Minerals (RBY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Sensata (ST) downgraded at SunTrust... Stryker (SYK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
09:50 EDTGMEGameStop tumbles following NPD data, downgrade
The stock was last at $39.02, down over 12% on the session. At that price next support is at $38.36. Resistance is at $40.50. October NPD video game software data showed a 3% decline. Pacific Crest downgraded the shares to Sector Weight.
09:35 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTGMEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Blue Buffalo (BUFF), up 8.2%... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 3.8%... Planet Fitness (PLNT), up 9.8%... Lipocine (LPCN), up 16.2% after reporting quarterly results and that the FDA has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act goal date of June 28, 2016. ALSO HIGHER: Mylan (MYL), up 10.9% after Perrgo (PRGO) shareholders did not tender enough shares for the hostile takeover bid to succeed... Plug Power (PLUG), up 7.3% after entering into a strategic supply agreement with 3M (MMM)... Yum! Brands (YUM), up after reporting that October China Same-Store Sales are up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Fossil (FOSL), down 24.5%... Fossil (JWN), down 20.6%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 15.1%... Cisco (CSCO), down 4.1%.... Tyco (TYC), down 4.1%... J.C. Penney (JCP), down 6.8%. ALSO LOWER: Fitbit (FIT), down 8.4% after 17M share Secondary priced at $29.00... GameStop (GME), down 8% after being downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at Pacific Crest... Lions Gate (LGF), down 2.6% after 3.4M share Spot Secondary priced at $39.43... Perrigo is down 10.5% after shareholders did not tender enough shares for the hostile takeover bid to succeed.
07:16 EDTGMEGameStop downgraded on valuation, digital impact at Pacific Crest
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06:55 EDTGMEGameStop downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at Pacific Crest
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft brings major updates to Xbox One, WSJ reports
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05:40 EDTEA, GMEOctober NPD video game software declined 3%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says October NPD video game software declined 3% year-over-year, with Microsoft's (MSFT) Halo 5 being the top title by a "wide margin." Enough next generation hardware has now been sold to drive sustainable software growth on a quarterly basis, Olson tells investors in a research note. He maintains Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
November 12, 2015
17:41 EDTMSFTValueAct discloses sale of 18.65M shares of Microsoft
In a regulatory filing, ValueAct disclosed the sale of 18.65M shares of Microsoft.
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.28 to 20.18. Option volume leaders: GE AAPL MNKD XOM BAC FB SUNE CSCO NFLX SYF BABA MSFT
13:24 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
10:00 EDTEAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Accuray (ARAY) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Becton Dickinson (BDX) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Boston Scientific (BSX) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Bruker (BRKR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... C.R. Bard (BCR) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Cepheid (CPHD) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... CorMedix (CRMD) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... CoreSite Realty (COR) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Digital Realty (DLR) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... DuPont Fabros (DFT) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Duke Realty (DRE) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Electronic Arts (EA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... EyeGate (EYEG) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Glu Mobile (GLUU) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Integra LifeSciences (IART) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Medgenics (MDGN) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Novocure (NVCR) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Prologis (PLD) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... QIAGEN (QGEN) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) initiated with a Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... STAG Industrial (STAG) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Stryker (SYK) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Tremor Video (TRMR) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... VOXX (VOXX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Varian Medical (VAR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... YuMe (YUME) initiated with a Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Zimmer Biomet (ZBH) initiated with a Sell at Citi.
08:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility flat as shares trade near 14-year high
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07:30 EDTEAElectronic Arts correction likely on misplaced concerns, says Barclays
Barclays said the recent correction in Electronic Arts shares is likely due to misplaced concerns about the console cycle. The firm believes the investment thesis remains intact driven by steady revenue growth, margin expansion, digital and cost savings, and return on capital. Barclays rates Electronic Arts an Overweight.
06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils plan to protect European data from U.S. overreach, FT says
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