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May 16, 2014
08:12 EDTSNE, MSFT, ATVI, EA, TTWO, GMESony console sales pass Microsoft for fourth straight month, Bloomberg says
Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4 surpassed Microsoft's (MSFT)ís Xbox One in April to rank first in U.S. console sales, prolonging its lead for a fourth consecutive month, according to Bloomberg, citing data from NPD Group. Hardware sales in April increased 76% to $192.8M from last year, while software excluding titles for PCs decreased 10% to $227.9M. Companies who provide games for both consoles include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two (TTWO), while GameStop (GME) is a game and console retailer. Reference Link
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August 13, 2014
14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, 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 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
August 12, 2014
13:19 EDTSNE, MSFTSony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
05:23 EDTSNEPlantronics announces partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Plantronics (PLT) announced it has entered into its first-ever partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SNE) to provide advanced audio perfectly optimized for performance with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The new, officially-licensed product, the Plantronics RIG for PS4, PS3, PS Vita will be available across Europe, Middle East and Oceania for the 2014 holiday season.
August 11, 2014
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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August 8, 2014
12:49 EDTSNEChina chosen as first market for Sony 4K curved TV's, Nikkei reports
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10:00 EDTATVIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Andersons (ANDE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Arista Networks (ANET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... CST Brands (CST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Coca-Cola HBC (OCCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Delek US (DK) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded at Needham... POZEN (POZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Power Solutions (PSIX) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sonus Networks (SONS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Stone Energy (SGY) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Tornier (TRNX) upgraded at BMO Capital... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... WGL Holdings (WGL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital.
08:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft has made strong progress in cloud, says Pacific Crest
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08:32 EDTMSFTVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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07:43 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow
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06:50 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow
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August 7, 2014
10:28 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard management to meet with CRT Capital
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06:33 EDTMSFTAnti-trust investigations in China reignite protectionism worries, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to open Fifth Avenue store, Daily News reports
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August 6, 2014
10:32 EDTEAElectronic Arts extends agreement with Premier League until 2019
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09:28 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard price target raised to $27 from $21 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Activision Blizzard after the company reported better than expected Q2 results. The firm thinks the outlook for sales of the company's games is positive overall and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:23 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard price target raised to $26 from $22 at RW Baird
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06:38 EDTMSFTAccenture says complying with SAIC in Microsoft probe, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTMSFTSAIC enacts fresh raids on Accenture, Microsoft, Reuters says
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce said on its website that it conducted fresh raids on Microsoft (MSFT) and Accenture (ACN) after the firm noted last week that Microsoft is being probed for anti-trust crimes, according to Reuters, citing an e-mail statement from a Beijing-based Microsoft spokeswoman. Reference Link
06:17 EDTMSFTAlibaba courting Nokia employees on website, WSJ reports
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