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July 30, 2014
11:47 EDTEA, GME, SNE, MSFTSony 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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July 17, 2015
08:05 EDTMSFTLexmark launches Kofax View for Microsoft Outlook
Lexmark (LXK) announced the availability of Kofax View, the first document viewing, editing and PDF creation application for Microsoft (MSFT) Outlook. “Microsoft Office delivers exceptional workforce productivity and Microsoft Outlook is central to increased productivity through collaboration. Kofax View gives Outlook users—including Outlook for Office 365 users in the cloud—the ability to more easily create, manage and share familiar document types for improved communication that significantly streamlines the workflow process,” said David Caldeira, product marketing executive, Lexmark Enterprise Software.
05:51 EDTEA, GMEJune NPD video game software sales rose 21%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes June NPD video game software sales were up 21% year-over-year, driven by Batman: Arkham Knight from Warner Bros. Piper remains positive on the group and keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
July 16, 2015
13:22 EDTGMEBest Buy purchase of GameStop unlikely, says Oppenheimer
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13:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 36, August is at 27, September is at 20 compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 29, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on July 21.
11:52 EDTGMEGameStop call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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11:47 EDTGMERumor: GameStop strength attributed to takeover speculation
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09:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to acquire FieldOne Systems, terms not disclosed
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may increase smartphone outsourcing in Taiwan, Vietnam, DigiTimes says
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's new Surface expected to be available in October, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft's new Surface tablet is expected to be launched in October after upstream supply chains have been notified to start mass shipments of components in September, reports DigiTimes. According to sources, Microsoft's Surface Pro shipments were 200K-250K units per month in Q1 and its monthly tablet shipment volume rose to above 300K. Sources say Microsoft's monthly tablet shipments may have a chance to reach 500K-600K units. Reference Link
July 15, 2015
13:11 EDTMSFTWindows 10 finalized, the Verge reports
Microsoft has finalized its Windows 10 software, ready for release on July 29, the Verge reports. The company is signing off on the build, known as build 10240, internally and may announce the manufacturing copy publicly by the end of the week, the report says. Reference Link
06:09 EDTEAElectronic Arts price target raised to $79 from $72 at Piper Jaffray
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July 14, 2015
17:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft M&A chief says Salesforce sale 'depends on' Benioff, Fortune reports
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16:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO to focus on 'a few phones,' ZDNet says
In a ZDNet interview at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella remarked, "I'm not going to launch a phone a day. I'm going to focus on a few phones that actually grab share that, in fact, showcase our uniqueness." Nadella called the company's restructuring of its mobile phone business "a change to our operating approach," and he added that "we will do everything we have to do to make sure we're making progress on phones." Reference Link
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
10:51 EDTEAComcast announces partnership with EA, unveils XFINITY Games powered by EA
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09:45 EDTMSFTRackspace preparing deal with Amazon Web Services, CRN reports
In addition to its deal announced yesterday with Microsoft (MSFT) Azure, Rackspace is preparing an alliance with Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, CRN reported last night, citing a source. Reference Link
09:35 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT
09:01 EDTGMEGameStop announces expiration of tender offer for Geeknet shares
GameStop Corp. (GME) announced the expiration of its tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of Geeknet, Inc. (GKNT) for $20.00 per share in cash. The Offer expired at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 13, 2015. As of the expiration of the Offer, a total of 5,924,736 shares were validly tendered and not withdrawn in the Offer, representing 86.39% of Geeknet’s outstanding shares, according to the depositary for the Offer. All conditions to the Offer having been satisfied, GameStop will accept for payment, and pay for by deposit of the Offer Price for such shares with the depositary for the Offer on July 17, 2015, all shares validly tendered into the Offer.
08:03 EDTSNEDolby partners with VIZIO, Sony to drive AC-4 adoption
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05:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft likely to revamp and focus on flagship smartphones, DigiTimes says
Microsoft will likely revamp its strategy for smartphones by focusing on high-end and business-use models, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain, the company's new roadmap is expected to call for the launch of 1-2 models for its high-end business and mid-range to entry-level family lineups. The company and most industry insiders are wondering whether the new Windows 10 OS will help ramp up significantly the share of Windows Phone-based smartphones in the global market. Reference Link
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