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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.
News For TTWO;EA;ATVI;GME From The Last 14 Days
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July 31, 2015
10:42 EDTTTWO, GME, ATVI, EAElectronic Arts drops despite beat and raise results
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08:54 EDTEAElectronic Arts price target raised to $74 from $65 at Cowen
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07:42 EDTEAElectronic Arts guidance may prove conservative, says Baird
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07:25 EDTEAElectronic Arts upside will continue but bar set higher, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital noted Electronic Arts delivered upside to Q1 results and believes the company will continue to do so, but notes expectations have risen as management increased its full year guidance. The firm recommends waiting for a pullback in the stock or underlying market before getting more aggressive on the stock. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $78 price target on Electronic Arts shares.
July 30, 2015
19:35 EDTEAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: YRC Worldwide (YRCW), up 17.7%... SkyWest (SKYW), up 11.5%... Zeltiq Aesthetics (ZLTQ), up 9%... Columbia Sportswear (COLM), up 11%... Expedia (EXPE), up 7.9%... Ellie Mae (ELLI), up 7%... Comfort Systems (FIX), up 6.2%... DigitalGlobe (DGI), up 5%... Fiesta Restaurant Group (FRGI), up 8%... Amgen (AMGN), up 1.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), up 1.7% after getting FDA clearance for IND application for JCAR015... Priceline (PCLN), up 1.5% following Expedia's quarterly results... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), up 9.6% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is in advanced talks with Coca-Cola bottlers... Endurance Specialty (ENH), up 2.6% after being added to the S&P MidCap 400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Oculus (OCLS), down 17%... Computer Programs (CPSI), down 11.9%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 9.2%... FireEye (FEYE), down 5.2% after reporting quarterly results and that CFO Michael Sheridan intends to leave the company... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 8.5%... Solazyme (SZYM), down 8.8%... Boston Beer (SAM), down 5.2%... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 10.7%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 4.5%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 3.2%.
16:16 EDTEAEA down 1.7% after reporting Q1 results, guiding below analyst estimates
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16:06 EDTEAElectronic Arts up 1% after reporting Q1 results, guidance
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16:05 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees FY16 EPS about $2.85, consensus $2.87
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16:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees Q2 non-GAAP revenue $1.08B, consensus $1.12B
16:02 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees Q2 EPS about 40c, consensus 67c
Sees Q2 revenue approximately $815M, consensus $1.12B.
16:02 EDTEAElectronic Arts reports Q1 EPS 15c, consensus 3c
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15:04 EDTEANotable companies reporting after market close
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15:04 EDTEAElectronic Arts July weekly 72 straddle priced for 6.2% movement into Q2
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14:38 EDTEAElectronic Arts technical comments before earnings
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08:00 EDTEAElectronic Arts July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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July 21, 2015
05:12 EDTEAEA SPORTS partners with Real Madrid C.F. as official videogame partner
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July 20, 2015
10:43 EDTEA, ATVIZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
05:44 EDTEA, ATVIZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.

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