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January 18, 2013
04:57 EDTSNESony Corporation of America sells 550 Madison Avenue building for $1.1B
Sony Corporation of America, or SCA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony, announced that it has entered into a contract to sell its U.S. headquarters building, located at 550 Madison Avenue in New York City, to a consortium led by The Chetrit Group, a New York-based owner of commercial properties in New York City and other major US real estate markets. The sale price is $1.1B, and it is expected that the transaction will close in March. SCA and other Sony businesses, including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Pictures Entertainment, among others, will remain in the building for up to three years under a leaseback arrangement with the purchaser. After repaying debt related to the building and other transaction costs, it is expected that Sony will receive net cash proceeds of approximately $770M. Sony expects to realize a gain on the sale of approximately $685M to be recorded as operating income. Sony is currently reevaluating its forecast of the consolidated financial results for the current fiscal year ending March 31 to take into account this sale and other factors that might affect such forecast.
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April 19, 2015
15:24 EDTSNEComcast's 'Furious 7' leads U.S. weekend box office with $29.1M
For the weekend of April 19, Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Furious 7" topped domestic box office charts at $29.1M. Sony's (SNE) "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" landed in second place with $24M for the weekend while Universal's "Unfriended" came in third with $16M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" and "The Longest Ride" took fourth and fifth place at $10.3M and $6.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
14:17 EDTSNESony stock may rise 20% over next year, Barron's says
Shares of Sony (SNE) are likely to jump 20% during the next year, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's notes that the company is rumored to supply camera chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 7, and Sony could also look to exit its TV and mobile phone businesses. Reference Link
April 17, 2015
13:39 EDTSNEElectronic Arts says Star Wars Battlefront begins shipping November 17
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07:15 EDTSNEMarch NPD video game software sales declined 3%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes March NPD video game software sales declined 3% year-over-year, with major titles for the month including Electronic Arts' (EA) Battlefield Hardline, Bloodborne from Sony (SNE) and Take-Two's (TTWO) Grand Theft Auto V. Piper notes the monthly decline is the first in 2015, leaving the segment up 2% through the first three months combined. It keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts, GameStop (GME) and Take-Two.
05:53 EDTSNEWikiLeaks publishes previously hacked Sony emails, Financial Times reports
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April 14, 2015
13:20 EDTSNERecord labels lobby for better royalties from YouTube, Dailymotion, FT says
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry alleged Tuesday that certain digital video platforms including Google's (GOOG) YouTube and Orange's (ORAN) Dailymotion are relying too much on "safe harbour" laws to avoid paying royalties to record labels, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by IFPI CEO Frances Moore. The move comes as the European Commission weighs reforming EU copyright law. The IFPI is a recording industry group that counts Sony (SNE) Music Entertainment and Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group among its members. Reference Link
05:54 EDTSNESony creates unit built for local language production, Financial Times says
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April 13, 2015
08:42 EDTSNEPandora rises after Spotify reportedly valued above $8B in fundraising
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April 12, 2015
18:11 EDTSNEEx-hacker says many capable of launching Sony-style cyber attack, CNET says
Ninety percent of companies are vulnerable to a Sony (SNE)-like cyber attack security experts tell "60 Minutes," CNET says. Companies in the cyber security space include Barracuda (CUDA), FireEye (FEYE), Check Point (CHKP), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Qualys (QLYS), Symantec (SYMC) and Proofpoint (PFPT). Reference Link
April 7, 2015
07:28 EDTSNESony increases production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors
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