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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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December 18, 2014
10:00 EDTGME, ATVIGameStop offers holiday deals on Call of Duty, Xbox One, Gamespot reports
GameStop announced yesterday a number of deals on games and hardware, including Activision's (ATVI) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare being offered for $40 and a $50 gift card being offered with all new Xbox One (MSFT) purchases, reported video game blog Gamespot. Reference Link
December 16, 2014
09:01 EDTEAElectronic Arts price target raised to $54 from $45 at Sterne Agee
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December 14, 2014
17:21 EDTEANasdaq announces annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100
The NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) announced the results of the annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100 (NDX), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, December 22. The following three companies will be added to the Index: American Airlines Group (AAL), Electronic Arts (EA) and Lam Research (LRCX). As a result of the revision in the index methodology allowing multiple share classes of index participants to be included in the index, the following three securities will also be added to the index: Comcast Corporation Class A Special (CMCSK), Twenty-First Century Fox Class B (FOX) and Liberty Global plc Class C (LBTYK). As a result of the re-ranking, the following three companies will be removed from the Index: Expedia (EXPE), F5 Networks (FFIV) and Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM).
December 12, 2014
08:12 EDTATVIActivision says COD: Advance Warfare and Destiny are top two U.S. console games
Activision Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, announced it has delivered the top two selling console retail releases of the year to date overall in the U.S., as well as the #1 kids video game franchise of 2014, based on retail sell-through, according to the NPD Group, through November. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the #1 top-selling console game of the year through November in the U.S. overall, as well as individually on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation3. Destiny is the #2 top-selling console game among all titles in the U.S. in 2014 through November and Skylanders is the #1 kids video game franchise of the year through November in the U.S., based on retail sell-through including toys and accessories.
05:38 EDTGME, TTWO, EA, ATVINovember NPD video game software sales fell 2%, says Piper Jaffray
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December 11, 2014
19:50 EDTGME, EA, TTWO, ATVINovember new video game sales up 14% from last year, Game Informer says
November sales of newly launched video games rose 14% from the same period last year, but overall software sales were down 2%, according to Game Informer, citing NPD data. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Reference Link
December 9, 2014
10:36 EDTTTWOTake-Two CEO says Black Friday was good for industry, no need for discounting
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07:22 EDTTTWOBMO Capital to hold a conference
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