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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.
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April 10, 2015
16:05 EDTZNGAOptions Update; April 10, 2015
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April 9, 2015
16:17 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTZNGAOptions Update; April 9, 2015
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13:09 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:36 EDTZNGAActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 5.8% after earnings beat estimates, dividend boosted, and shares upgraded at Wedbush... Novogen (NVGN) rose after announcing that Australian studies revealed its experimental drug, Anisina, killed melanoma cells irrespective of their mutational status. Shares of small-cap Novogen rose 35% in pre-market trading following the company's report on the studies... TASER (TASR), up 3.8% after announcing UK order from London for 178 AXON body cameras... United Continental (UAL), up 2.8% after narrowing Q1 PRASM forecast... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), up 2.4% after reporting Q2 results. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 12% after announcing last night that current CEO Don Mattrick will depart the company and the board and Mark Pincus, Zynga's founder and chairman, will return to the role of CEO... Alcoa (AA), down 2% after reporting Q1 financial results and giving 2015 guidance... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 4.6% after BMO Capital cut it rating to the equivalent of sell and halved its price target on the stock to $4.
08:27 EDTZNGANeedham sees little to be positive about in Zynga news
Needham thinks "very little" in Zynga's CEO transition can be construed positively. It notes the founder, who was replaced less than two years ago after a poorly executed IPO and subsequent revenue decline, is being brought back to replace a more recent CEO whose turnaround efforts it views as "having been incomplete at best." The firm suspended its rating on Zynga amid uncertainty over the company's fundamental prospects.
07:55 EDTZNGAZynga core thesis remains unchanged, says UBS
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05:57 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ZNGA ALU
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April 8, 2015
19:46 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Apogee (APOG), up 6.4%... Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 4.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 5.6% after being selected by DARPA to lead $45M Ebola prevention program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Alcoa (AA), down 3.5%... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 3.5%. ALSO LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 10.3% after announcing CEO transition... Memorial Production (MEMP), down 2.9% after filing to sell 4.6M common units owned by MRD Holdco... Regulus (RGLS), down 2.2% after filing to sell 3.3M shares for Isis Pharmaceuticals.
16:37 EDTZNGAZynga down 8% after announcing CEO transition
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16:17 EDTZNGAZynga CEO Mark Pincus statement regarding return
"Don joined us in a very important time in our evolution. I sincerely thank him for his leadership in better serving our players in a mobile first world and for delivering world class quality and value to our consumers," said Mark Pincus. "The team's hard work for our mobile players has resulted in bookings growing from 27% mobile bookings when Don joined to 60% by the end of last year. Further, to deliver unique and differentiated value to our mobile players, Don and the team acquired NaturalMotion. NaturalMotion has surprised and delighted the world with Clumsy Ninja and CSR Racing resulting in more than 160 million installs to date. I am inspired by our upcoming products it is the most exciting slate of mobile games in Zynga's history with titles like Empires & Allies, Dawn of Titans and FarmVille: Harvest Swap. These games are coming on the heels of one of the most successful mobile launches in our history with Wizard of Oz Slots, which was launched this past November by our Spooky Cool team in Chicago." Pincus continued, "Now that we are a mobile first company, it's time to renew our focus on our founding mission to connect the world through games and our vision to make play and social games a mass market activity. I am returning to the company that I love in order to accelerate innovation in the most popular categories like Action Strategy and strengthen our focus on our core areas like Invest and Express. I look forward to partnering with our leaders to intensify our focus on social experiences for the millions of consumers who play our games." At his request, Pincus will receive an annual salary of $1 in connection with his appointment to CEO.
16:14 EDTZNGAZynga to resume trading at 4:35pm ET
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16:12 EDTZNGAZynga CFO says Q1 was a 'strong quarter'
"Q1 was a strong quarter and we are confident in the outlook we gave during our Q4 2014 earnings call on February 12, 2015. Our teams are heads down and focused on our mobile-first product slate and we will be sharing details related to our product progress and financial performance during our Q1 earnings call on May 7, 2015," said David Lee, CFO, Zynga.
16:05 EDTZNGAZynga CEO Don Mattrick to depart; Mark Pinus to return to CEO role
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16:05 EDTZNGAZynga CEO Don Mattrick to depart; Mark Pinus to return to CEO role
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16:00 EDTZNGAZynga trading halted, pending news
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