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February 4, 2014
11:38 EDTEA, ATVI, GME, 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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September 15, 2014
10:35 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard breaks uptrend, levels to watch
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09:53 EDTGMEGameStop intends to exit Spanish market through partial sale of store locations
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09:52 EDTGMEGameStop intends to exit Spanish market through partial sale of store locations
September 12, 2014
08:05 EDTTTWORockstar Games says Grand Theft Auto V to launch Nov. 18 for PS4, Xbox One
Rockstar Games (TTWO) announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 (SNE) computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT) on November 18, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.
07:19 EDTGME, EA, ATVI, TTWOConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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05:36 EDTATVI, EA, TTWO, GMEAugust NPD video game software sales fell 21%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says August NPD video game software sales fell 21% year-over-year. The firm continues to expect growth beginning in late 2014 and recommends using any weakness in shares of GameStop (GME), Electronic Arts (EA), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Take-Two (TTWO) as a buying opportunity.
September 10, 2014
11:41 EDTATVIActivision view looks conservative after Destiny launch, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said the strong launch of Destiny gives the firm confidence in its estimates for the game and the company's results and that Activision Blizzard's fiscal year guidance is looking "increasingly conservative." The firm reiterates its Overweight rating and $27 price target on Activision, which is down about 1% to $23.47 near midday.
11:38 EDTGME, ATVIGameStop achieved high share of Destiny sales, says BofA/Merrill
Activision (ATVI) announced that it sold more than $500M of Destiny on its first day, making it the biggest new video game franchise launch in history. BofA/Merrill believes GameStop (GME) had a very high share of Destiny sales and expects further clarity in the coming months. The analyst continues to believe GameStop is leveraged to momentum in the console cycle and believes competitive threats from full game downloads id overblown. Shares of GameStop are Buy rated with a $56 price target.
10:14 EDTATVIActivision early sales of Destiny above expectations, says RW Baird
RW Baird said Activision Blizzard's initial Destiny wholesale shipments of over $500M exceeded expectations and the firm added that its checks suggest "very healthy" pre-orders to date for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The firm believes there is upside potential for Activision in Q3 and Q4 and reiterate its Outperform rating on the stock.
09:01 EDTATVIActivision says sells over $500M of Destiny worldwide as of day one
Activision Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, announced that the company sold more than $500M of Destiny into retail stores and first parties worldwide as of day one, making the game the biggest new video game franchise launch in history.
08:51 EDTGMEGameStop volatility at low end of historic range
GameStop September call option implied volatility is at 31, November is at 33, January is at 36; compared to it 26-week average of 41 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:31 EDTGMEGameStop, Alliance Data announce branded private label credit card program
GameStop Corporation (GME) and Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) announced the introduction of a GameStop-branded private label credit card program. Under the terms of the long-term agreement, Alliance Dataís Retail Services business, which manages more than 135 private label and co-brand credit programs, will deliver a customized loyalty-driven private label credit program designed to further enrich GameStopís relationship with its more than 28 million members of the successful PowerUp Rewards loyalty program. The new GameStop PowerUp Rewards Credit Card will provide cardholders with convenience and benefits exclusive to account holders, including being able to make purchases with the card in-store and online, promotional financing for larger purchases, online and mobile platform card management and payment services, as well as no annual fee and exclusive offers for savings throughout the year. Upon the opening of an account, PowerUp Rewards Pro members will receive a one-time award of 15,000 bonus points, and PowerUp Rewards Basic members will receive a one-time award of 5,000 bonus points.
September 8, 2014
06:10 EDTEAPopCap Games founder John Vechey leaves company, Re/code reports
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September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTTTWOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:09 EDTTTWOTake-Two downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee downgraded Take-Two to Neutral due to valuation.
September 4, 2014
11:05 EDTTTWOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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September 3, 2014
12:19 EDTTTWOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:24 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard best positioned for second half upside, say Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes Activision Blizzard is best positioned for second half upside, citing strong industry fundamentals, revenue upside from new front-line releases, and the potential for margin expansion. Shares of Activision Blizzard are Buy rated with a $26 price target.
September 2, 2014
11:17 EDTTTWOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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