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March 15, 2012
09:48 EDTGME, WMTWal-Mart, Comet emerge as bidders for Game, MCV reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is rumored to have offered 12p per share for Game Group, while Comet owner OpCapita is also believed to have expressed an interest in acquiring Game, MCV reports. Reference Link
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August 28, 2015
08:32 EDTGMEGameStop downgraded to Sell from Hold at Benchmark Co.
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08:02 EDTGMEGameStop diversification strategy appears to be paying off, says Baird
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07:58 EDTGMEGameStop results positive, says Oppenheimer
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07:43 EDTGMEGameStop bear thesis not playing out, says Piper Jaffray
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August 27, 2015
17:36 EDTGMEGameStop to open first dedicated U.S. collectibles store in 2H
GameStop (GME) says plans to open first U.S. ThinkGeek collectibles store in 2H. Says already seeing supply chain and purchasing synergies related to acquisition of Geeknet, "some of which" will positively impact GameStop in current fiscal year. Sees Geeknet becoming profitable in back half of current year. Highlights portfolio of new collectibles in support of Disney's (DIS) new "Star Wars" movie. Regarding plan to shift floor space away from video games to collectibles in GameStop stores, says not a sudden decision, says based on "couple years" of research. Emphasizes that collectibles, or "loot," are "going to be a bigger part of our business."
17:21 EDTGMEGameStop CFO sees expanded Q3 margins
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16:17 EDTGMEGameStop advances $2 to $48.20 after increasing FY15 EPS view
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16:10 EDTGMEGameStop raises FY15 EPS view to $3.66-$3.86 from $3.63-$3.83
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16:09 EDTGMEGameStop sees Q3 EPS 53c-60c, consensus 59c
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16:09 EDTGMEGameStop reports Q2 video game pre-owned sales increased 0.5%
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16:08 EDTGMEGameStop reports Q2 adjusted EPS 31c, consensus 25c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.76B, consensus $1.74B. Global comparable store sales increased 8.1%.
15:03 EDTGMEGameStop August weekly 45.5 straddle priced for 8.3% movement into Q2
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14:58 EDTGMENotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 17c... ULTA Beauty (ULTA), consensus $1.12... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 2c... GameStop (GME), consensus 25c... Veeva (VEEV), consensus 11c... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 39c... Aeropostale (ARO), consensus (55c).
12:54 EDTGMEGameStop technical notes ahead of earnings
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06:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart extends holiday layaway program two weeks, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to boost its holiday layaway program by two weeks ahead of an expected year-end demand for Star Wars toys, a Disney (DIS) property, Reuters reports. The retailer will jumpstart the program on August 28, two weeks earlier than last year, the report says, citing comments from Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of toys at Wal-Mart. Reference Link
August 26, 2015
14:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart phasing out sales of modern sport rifles, Washington Post says
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11:30 EDTGMEGameStop August weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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08:05 EDTGMEGameStop Q2 typically seasonally soft, says Baird
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August 25, 2015
08:22 EDTGMEGameStop August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTWMTMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
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