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February 4, 2014
12:44 EDTZNGA, GLUUZynga advances following UBS upgrade to Buy
Shares of digital and mobile video game maker Zynga (ZNGA) are climbing after research firm UBS upgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Zynga's core operations have started to stabilize under its new management team, while the company's recently announced cost cuts should prevent its profit margins from falling, according to UBS. The firm also believes that Zynga's acquisition of mobile game and technology developer NaturalMotion will enable Zynga to increase the innovation and scale of its mobile games. It upgraded Zynga to Buy from Neutral and increased its price target on the stock to $6 from $4. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On January 30, Zynga reported stronger than expected results and announced that it was reducing its workforce by 15%. The company also announced that it was buying NaturalMotion. Zynga's shares rallied on the news. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Zynga advanced 23c, or 5%, to $4.72. Also rising are shares of another mobile video game maker, Glu Mobile (GLUU), which climbed about 4% to $4.02.
News For ZNGA;GLUU From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
09:50 EDTZNGAZynga to bring back Zynga Poker Classic, will have two Poker games
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October 14, 2014
05:51 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility movement; DRYS ZNGA
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October 9, 2014
07:57 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile short report riddled with inaccuracies, says Cowen
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October 8, 2014
10:48 EDTGLUU, ZNGAGlu drops despite Benchmark optimism about Kardashian game
Research firm Benchmark Co. upgraded digital video game maker Glu Mobile (GLUU) to Buy from Hold, based on optimism about the company's upcoming third quarter earnings report. WHAT'S NEW: Glu may report higher than expected third quarter sales and earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization on October 29, Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey wrote in a note to investors today. The company may also raise its fourth quarter guidance, Hickey believes. Glu's results are being lifted by the success of the company's "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" game, the analyst believes. He has a $5.90 price target on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Taking the opposite view on Glu Mobile in an article yesterday was a short-selling blog, TheStreetSweeper. The blog said it "wouldn't be surprised" if the company cut its Q4 guidance, as Kim Kardashian and other Glu games "are fading fast." Company insiders are "selling huge chinks" of the company's shares, added the blog. Northland Capital analyst Darren Aftahi yesterday countered by accusing TheStreetSweeper of "acting as a megaphone" for shorts in the name, trying to drive down the stock in a weak market, and producing an article that is "full of conjecture." The analyst said he thinks the company could beat Q3 revenue expectations by a large amount, potentially producing a "massive short squeeze." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other digital video game makers include Zynga (ZNGA) and King Digital (KING). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Glu dropped 4% to $4.56.
10:00 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:20 EDTGLUUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:23 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.
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