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February 4, 2014
11:38 EDTEA, GME, ATVI, TTWOTake-Two retreats as analysts remain pessimistic following results
Shares of video game maker Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) are falling despite the fact the company reported stronger than expected results last night. Following the company's report, at least two Wall Street research firms lowered their ratings on its stock, while a number of others were similarly cautious. WHAT'S NEW: Take-Two's third quarter profit and revenue both came in above analysts' consensus estimates, although its fourth quarter profit and revenue guidance was below the consensus outlook. The video game maker, however, raised its full year earnings per share outlook to $4.15-$4.25 from $3.50-$3.75, due to its stronger than expected third quarter results and the effects of its share repurchases in November 2013. Analysts' consensus outlook for the company's full-year EPS was $3.80. ANALYST REACTION: A number of analysts released cautious notes about Take-Two following the company's results. In a note to investors earlier today, Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson said he continued to recommend selling the stock. The video game maker probably does not have a major game under development that it plans to release in fiscal 2015, Wilson believes. As a result, he does not expect the company's profitability and cash to hit records levels "for some time." While the company reported strong results due to better than expected sales of its "Grand Theft Auto" game, its net cash balance was much lower than expected, the analyst stated. Consequently, the stock isn't cheap, wrote Wilson. Meanwhile, Brean Capital analyst Todd Mitchell suggested that the company has not indicated how it plans to increase the digital revenue generated by its GTA Online game and has not disclosed its vision for games that will run on the newest video game consoles. Consequently, the company has not assured investors that its cash flow is stable and the stock isn't likely to rise further, the analyst contended. He kept a Hold rating on the shares. Additionally, Wedbush downgraded Take-Two to Neutral from Outperform due to lack of visibility and said investors should be cautious about the company's product pipeline, while Benchmark Co. lowered its rating on the stock to Hold from Buy. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded video game makers include Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). GameStop (GME) is a retailer of games produced by Take-Two and the others. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Take-Two tumbled $1.80, or 9.5%, to $17.10.
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09:05 EDTEA, TTWO, ATVI, GMENPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
05:52 EDTGME, ATVI, TTWO, EAOctober NPD video game software sales fell 27%, says Piper Jaffray
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November 13, 2014
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07:15 EDTGMEGameStop board authorizes $500M share repurchase program
GameStop said in a filing yesterday that on November 11, its Board of Directors approved a cash dividend to its stockholders. The quarterly dividend of 33c per share of Class A Common Stock will be paid on December 16, 2014 to stockholders of record on the close of business on November 25, 2014. Additionally, GameStop Corp. announced that its Board of Directors has authorized $500M of funds to be used in the company’s share repurchase plan. This new authorization replaces the $500M stock repurchase plan announced in November 2013, which had approximately $176.4M remaining at the time of the new authorization.
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14:42 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard management to meet with MKM Partners
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15:57 EDTATVIWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
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