Activision Blizzard

  • This Game Maker Is Positioned for Growth

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, TTWO

    Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) has enjoyed a wonderful year. Its stock is already up 75%. This fall, next-generation gaming consoles would be hitting the shelves. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 might become the profit drivers for the whole gaming industry. Electronic Arts recently reported its quarterly earnings, beating analysts’ estimates by $0.20 per share. Will the stock gain even more steam as we head into autumn, which is a more »

  • There Are Over 100 Million Reasons to Doubt Activision Blizzard

    By Sam Mattera - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, AAPL, GOOG, NVDA

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) has been a hot investment. The world’s second largest gaming company has seen its shares jump over 17% since last Friday.

    The catalyst has been the purchase of Vivendi’s majority stake. The resulting reduction in uncertainty, combined with the upcoming console refresh, has lifted shares to a multi-year high.

    Yet, despite Activision’s recent resurgence, there are reasons to be skeptical of the company more »

  • Zynga Just Pulled a Complete Bait-and-Switch on Investors

    By Sam Mattera - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, FB, ZNGA

    Until recently, there was really only one reasonable argument to invest in Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA): online gambling was about to become legal in the US, and Zynga, with its online gaming know-how, was poised to benefit.

    Now, that argument has been destroyed. Last week, the company admitted that it no longer has any intention to pursue online gambling in the US. With that, the investment case for Zynga has completely more »

  • Free at Last: Will Shareholders Really Benefit From a Vivendi-Free Activision?

    By Jason Hall - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, NTDOY.PK, TTWO

    The recent announcement that Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) has entered into an agreement to acquire 429 million shares back from French conglomerate Vivendi for $5.83 billion in cash and debt, along with another 172 million shares being acquired by CEO Bobby Kotick and an investor group that includes Tencent for another $2.34 billion, has come as welcome news and a very big surprise. Shares shot up 15% on more »

  • Make Video Gaming Stocks a Part of Your Portfolio

    By Awais Malik - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, UBSFF

    Over the past five and a half years, Call of Duty has made shock waves and set new standards in the gaming industry. So it’s only reasonable to call Vivendi’s partnership with Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) successful. Now that the company has bought back majority of its shares from Vivendi, the move represents a new dawn for the gaming industry and the shareholders of Activision Blizzard. Furthermore, with more »

  • Why Digital Matters So Much to This Industry

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, TTWO

    Every time I turnaround it seems that Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is soaring by nearly 10% in a single day. Over the past year the company is up over 110%, compared to the Nasdaq Composite's 22%. 

    When I looked at Electronic Arts back in May, the stock was up over 23% in a matter of days, and the company kept the status quo earlier this week, jumping 8 more »

  • Call of Duty, Warcraft, Starcraft: What's Not to Love About This Company?

    By Rupert Nicholson - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, NTDOY.PK

    World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Starcraft. What do these names have in common? They are all best selling video games, and they are all produced by Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI). The company was formed by a merger between Activision Entertainment and Vivendi Games in 2008. It was a merger between the primary developer of PC games and the primary developer of console games. 

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  • Hasbro Has Huge Toy Hit Coming With Star Wars Angry Birds 2

    By Chris Katje - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, HAS, DIS

    Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) has long counted on licensing partnerships to help it become one of the two largest toymakers in the United States. The company has seen revenue increase over the last five years on the success of boys and girls toys, and also a growing demand for interactive toys. The company has a partnership that could transform the interactive segment and produce strong returns for shareholders.

    Hasbro will launch more »

  • The End of the World (of Warcraft) Spells Trouble for Blizzard

    By Ryan Palmer - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, ZNGA

    In my opinion, the greatest video game of all time was classic World of Warcraft, the first one that came out. That game was, and still is in my mind, the best MMORPG ever. Whether it was questing or raiding a dungeon, there was always something to do in the world of Azeroth. So what if you spent endless hours on a game that provided almost no practical benefits. It more »

  • This Company Will Save the Video Game Industry

    By John McKenna - July 20, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, FB, ZNGA

    So much can change in a decade, can’t it? 10 years ago, my friends and I were obsessively saving our pennies so that by summer we could be the first person to say that we had the holy grail of gaming at the time - the Xbox 360. Never mind that it was $400, it was a necessity to play some of the coolest games on the block, like Activision more »

  • Blizzard Pushes Deeper Into China

    By Stephen Benz - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, NTES

    Blizzard Entertainment, of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), announced on July 8 that it will be extending its partnership with the Chinese internet company NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES) to bring Blizzard's new trading card game, Hearthstone, to China. Blizzard currently relies on NetEase to deliver World of Warcraft and StarCraft to Chinese gamers.

    NetEase has a sizable portfolio of over a dozen self-developed online games with over 600 million registered accounts more »

  • Game on, Activision

    By Rashmi Singh - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, SNE

    As an avid gamer, it feels special to write about a company that has been one of my favorite game developers.

    Activision (NASDAQ: ATVI) is one of the biggest third party game developers in the world with titles like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft to its credit, making it one of the most successful game developers of all times.

    Being a part of an industry that thrives on more »

  • How to Trade This Gamer-Centric Company

    By Piyush Arora - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, MSFT, SNE

    When it comes to technology, it's very hard to find undervalued companies. Tech related companies are mostly driven by market hype and speculation, which is why their valuations are often on the extremes. However, a classic exception to this theory is Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI). Its shares have risen by nearly 35% over the last six months, yet they appear to be undervalued with a forward P/E of more »

  • Should You Invest in These Cash Cows

    By Nihar Patel - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, ADBE, XRX

    Software is one of the most common types of products where the cost of selling one versus 1,000 is fairly marginal. There is very little replication cost for software as opposed to manufacturing physical products. Offering services can fall in the middle if it requires employees, but can also be an automated service or access to a software.

    These types of businesses come in many varieties, but when they more »

  • Disney Tries to Turn Things Around in Its Gaming Segment

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, TTWO, DIS

    Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) is attempting to take hold of its video game segment with the planned release of Disney Infinity, a game that is slated to hit the market on August 18.

    Every division of the company has performed well, including the theme parks and the cable TV segment. Signs of a turnaround have even been noted in the firm's film studio. Disney Interactive is essentially the only more »

  • Can New Consoles Save Activision Blizzard?

    By Jag Mitra - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, MSFT

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) is a name to reckon with in the gaming sector. Since the sector is at a turning point with the release of new gaming consoles near the end of the year, it's high time to assess the investment potential of Activision, whose stock has seen a good runup this year. The company is currently in top gear: The launch of new gaming consoles will bring more »

  • Buying Zynga on Potential Catalysts

    By Mark Holder - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, GRPN, ZNGA

    Anybody that has invested in Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) since the IPO back at the end of 2011 probably doesn’t see many potential catalysts in the stock. The company was a massive hit with social games such as Farmville and has a strong franchise with Zynga Poker. Yet as the excitement over social games dies down, the company now has several catalysts that could push the stock higher

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  • Adobe Wins With Subscriptions, Activision Blizzard Moves to Free

    By Nihar Patel - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, ADBE, TTWO

    I remember reading an article over a decade ago that discussed the transition of anti-virus software from a perpetual license for updates to a subscription-based system. Nowadays, that model has shifted to be completely free anti-virus software for private, non-commercial users in order to safeguard the Internet as a whole.

    Even subscription-based online games have moved to a free-to-play model with micro-transactions. So it is not just anti-virus that went more »

  • Are You Game for These Three Stocks?

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 7, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, TTWO

    Investing in video games is a relatively risky venture, but with that risk comes a slew of potential upside. The stocks of video game companies are volatile and are often hedged on whether a few flagship games catch on. Revenue can surge dramatically during the release of new video games, but trying to time these stocks on upcoming releases is risky. That's why it is best to take a more »

  • Don Mattrick Doesn't Make Zynga a Buy

    By Sam Mattera - July 6, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, ZNGA

    Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) shares have been on a tear in recent sessions, rallying 23% in just three days. The company’s decision to hire Don Mattrick as CEO has been the primary catalyst behind the move.

    While the decision to go with Mattrick might give the company a chance to move forward in a different direction, it does not alone solve Zynga’s problems. Unless Mattrick can articulate a reasonable more »

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