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May 1, 2014
05:52 EDTSNESony lowers FY14 operating income outlook to 26B yen from 80B yen
Sony keeps its FY14 sales outlook at 7.7T yen. Sony expects to record approximately 30B yen in additional expenses in FY14 related to exiting the PC business. Since Sony’s announcement on February 6 that it will exit the PC business, PC sales for FY14 and expected PC sales for FY15 are underperforming the February expectation, the company said. Consequently, Sony expects to record write-downs for excess components in inventory and accrual of expenses to compensate suppliers for unused components ordered for Sony’s spring PC lineup. In addition, certain restructuring charges are expected to be recorded ahead of schedule. It added, "However, there has been no significant change to the expected total charges relating to Sony’s withdrawing from the PC business as the increase in the costs recorded in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 will be offset by lower costs in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. This decrease is because promotional costs that were expected to be incurred for Sony’s spring PC lineup in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 are no longer expected to be incurred, and because the above-mentioned restructuring charges that were expected to be recorded in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 are now expected to be incurred in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014." It also expects to record approximately 25B yen in impairment charges mainly related to its overseas disc manufacturing business.
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October 24, 2014
10:48 EDTSNESony Pictures likely to end distribution business in South Korea, Variety says
Sony Pictures is expected to close its theatrical distribution business in South Korea, reports Variety. According to sources in the Korean film industry, Sony Pictures Korea will cease operations at the end of this year. Universal Pictures International will then take over distribution duties. Reference Link
05:56 EDTSNESony to launch 12-inch tablet in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports
Sony Mobile will launch a 12-inch tablet in 1Q15, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, several other vendors are also developing large-size vendors for launch in Q1 and Q2. The sources pointed out that Sony's 12-inch tablet will feature high-end specifications and come with a stylus. Reference Link
October 23, 2014
07:53 EDTSNEAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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06:58 EDTSNESony Mobile to amend strategy for releasing flagship models, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTSNEApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
08:59 EDTSNESony may lower smartphone target for second time this year, Bloomberg says
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October 21, 2014
14:09 EDTSNEThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
October 20, 2014
07:49 EDTSNESony November volatility elevated into Q2 and investor meeting
Sony November weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, January is at 28, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on October 31 and a company sponsored investor meeting on November 24.
October 19, 2014
18:38 EDTSNESony's ‘Fury’ wins at the box office,'Gone Girl' keeps second place, WSJ says
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October 17, 2014
06:30 EDTSNENPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTSNESony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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October 16, 2014
07:48 EDTSNESony must decide quickly what to do with smartphone strategy, Nikkei says
Sony's (SNE) "One Sony" strategy is built around providing contents to consumers and smartphones are one of three pillars it sees for growth, but the strategy is "on the brink of collapse" as the company falls behind Apple (AAPL) and Chinese rivals, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Sony officials are debating whether smartphone operations in Asia should be downsized and whether cutting 1,000 jobs, or 15% of its mobile communications workforce, would be warranted, according to the report. Reference Link
October 15, 2014
12:58 EDTSNESony has 40% upside potential, Barron's reports
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October 13, 2014
07:22 EDTSNESony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link

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