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  • Microsoft Makes a Play with Xbox One FIFA Bundle

    By Keith Noonan - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: EA, MSFT, SNE

    Microsoft(MSFT) is an American tech giant best known for creating the Windows operating system and ushering in the computer revolution. The company also produces videogame hardware under the Xbox brand and is set to release its new Xbox One console this holiday season.

    The Xbox One received a scathing reception upon its unveiling, prompting Microsoft to implement a number of changes to the product. Recent news and the extent more »

  • What a Pack-in Headset Says About the Future of Xbox One

    By Keith Noonan - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Microsoft(MSFT) is an American software giant that helped usher in the computer age. The company has also branched out into hardware manufacturing, creating devices such as the Zune, the Xbox console line, and the Surface Tablet.

    In planning and debuting its upcoming Xbox One videogame console, Microsoft has made a number of costly errors. Now, its recent decision to include a headset in every box portends bigger changes for more »

  • The Kinect Camera Is Still a Problem for Microsoft's Xbox One

    By Keith Noonan - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is one of the biggest companies in the tech industry. Its software helped to spur the personal computer revolution and the establishment of the Internet age.

    The company plans to debut a successor to its popular Xbox 360 console this fall, the Xbox One. The soon-to-be-released console has gotten off to a turbulent start, having to reverse course on a number of features, policies, and strategic visions more »

  • The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

    By Danny Vena - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: IMAX, SNE, TWX, FOX, DIS

    Let’s get right to it: comic book movies have become big business and can hand investors huge profits.

    Anyone watching movies over the last decade can’t help but notice the plethora of comic book fare pervading the box office. Historically, the occasional comic book movie was produced with little regard for the source material. However, as a generation of comic book aficionados came of age, a paradigm shift more »

  • Apple is a Strong Buy: Why?

    By Marina Avilkina - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, SSNLF, SNE

    Out of 13 Wall Street analysts evaluating Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), ten recommend a Buy, two indicate an Outperform rating, whereas the one prefers the neutral Hold rating. What is a reason for giving Apple a Buy rating now?

    Declining pricing power and decelerating sales

    I believe the Apple is slowly but surely losing its pricing power. Both the iPad and iPhone have faced consistent declines in their prices and both more »

  • Sony's New Cable Service Could Challenge the Establishment

    By Sam Mattera - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: DTV, INTC, SNE

    Sony (NYSE: SNE) has reached a preliminary deal with Viacom for its online pay-TV service, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    There have been reports in the past that Sony was developing some sort of cable alternative; rumblings of a deal with a major content provider suggests that Sony could roll out the service in the near future.

    Sony’s service would not be unique -- Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) has plans more »

  • GameStop Is Still a Value Trap

    By Sam Mattera - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: GME, MSFT, SNE

    Shares of GameStop (NYSE: GME) have nearly doubled in 2013, and are up more than 170% since last August. The company has shaken off threats to its business model, and bulls are looking forward to the upcoming console refresh.

    Still, while there are reasons to like GameStop right now, longer-term the company remains immensely challenged.

    GameStop has bounced back from a rumor-fueled selloff

    Before they were unveiled, there was widespread more »

  • Will This Old Stock Profit from a Makeover?

    By Marie Palumbo - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: PG, SNE, UA

    Procter and Gamble is a household name. It’s been that way for decades. Along with providing everything from toothpaste to laundry detergent across the globe, Procter and Gamble delivers a healthy dividend 3% and consistent growth for investors. But Procter and Gamble is attempting a new strategy in 2013.

    Chasing trends and new media types, P&G is shifting one-third of its marketing budget into digital advertising. Let’s more »

  • Making Money with Ultra-High Definition

    By Frédéric Lambert - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMBA, SSNLF, SNE, TSLA

    Over a decade ago, the high definition television (HDTV) with a 720p resolution revolutionized the TV industry and stimulated TV sales considerably. HDTV is regarded as the biggest thing that happened to TV technology since color. When it started, it was about 3 times more precise than standard definition (SD) and since then, HDTV evolved into a 1080p resolution which is about 6 times more precise than SD.

    We are more »

  • 2 Companies Backtracking to get Ahead

    By Marie Palumbo - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, MSFT, SNE

    Have you ever tried to back up while on a bike?

    Spinning the petals in reverse won’t spin your wheels backward. Instead, you have to put both feet on the ground and push yourself backward. It doesn’t look good, even awkward at times, but eventually you reach a point where you can turn your wheel and start pedaling forward. Your wheels begin to turn, and before long you more »

  • Why Nintendo's Wii U Failed

    By Keith Noonan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK) is the largest video game company in the world by measure of revenue. The company produces handhelds and home console hardware and has created some of the most valuable intellectual properties in the industry.

    The company’s Wii U console is off to an abysmal start, shipping low numbers and failing to capture consumer interest. Nintendo stock currently trades at around $16, and I believe that it more »

  • Disney Has the Best Seat in the House

    By Keith Noonan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: SNE, TWX, DIS

    The Walt Disney Company (DIS) is a mass media corporation with production, media network, parks and resorts, interactive, and consumer products divisions. By measure of revenue, Disney is the largest media conglomerate in the world.

    The last decade has seen the company acquire some of the most valuable properties in entertainment. In light of recent box office misfires, some analysts have questioned whether the studio is positioned to utilize its more »

  • Is Everquest Next Sony's New Billion Dollar Baby?

    By Jason Gallagher - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, SNE

    Sony's (NYSE: SNE) reveal of EverQuest Next earlier this month has gamers talking. The upcoming MMO title will attempt to successfully execute multiple high-end concepts that have long been seen as "holy grails" by game developers within the genre.

    In addition, the company is launching an entirely separate game called EverQuest Next Landmark that will let players actually help with the development process of the main game. Players will more »

  • Why You Should Buy Activision Blizzard Soon

    By Bryan Wagman - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, SNE, TTWO

    Activision Blizzard  (NASDAQ: ATVI), the company that is responsible for World of Warcraft, has been a leader in the video game industry for many years now. The massive company last reported a revenue of $4.98 billion for the trailing twelve months. The company has managed to consistently raise revenue and gross profit throughout the past ten years, as indicated by the chart below. 

    ATVI Revenue Annual data by YCharts more »

  • Are These Camera Stocks Headed for a Kodak Moment?

    By Ryan Palmer - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: CAJ, NINOY.PK, SNE

    Many investors know the story of Eastman Kodak. The company was once a darling of the stock market. In the '70s it gained a near 90% market share in the American market for photographic film. Kodak could do no wrong. Then the transition to digital cameras happened, and the company couldn't keep up. Its stock is down 99.86% from July 1999 prices.

    Now makers of digital cameras are more »

  • Why the World of Warcraft Doomsayers Are Wrong

    By Jason Gallagher - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, SNE

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) announced in late July that its flagship MMO, World of Warcraft, had dropped another 600,000 players, bringing its current player base to 7.7 million. 

    To be fair, many industry watchers have been saying for months that World of Warcraft's subscription model is not sustainable in the new era of free-to-play games, and that the company is going to continue to experience a sharp more »

  • Sony Rejects Loeb's Proposal

    By Sam Mattera - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, SSNLF, SNE

    Sony (NYSE: SNE) has decided to ignore the prodding of hedge fund activist Dan Loeb. The firm won't be selling a stake in its entertainment division -- at least not anytime soon.

    Sony shares slumped nearly 5% on Tuesday, following the news of Sony’s refusal. Given Loeb’s recent track record, Sony shareholders might've been better off if the board had listened to his advice; regardless, Sony remains more »

  • Don’t Do It Google!

    By Marie Palumbo - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, MSFT, SNE

    Video games. Depending on who you talk to, they are either the best or the worst creation of the millennial generation. Video games inspire ingenuity, or spawn laziness and a lack of productivity. Regardless of your take on video games, you can’t argue with the fact that they are a cash cow.

    Last year, $24.9 billion was spent on console games, and that doesn’t include money spent more »

  • Sainthood for Bill Gates?

    By Eric Whiteside - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: BBY, GOOG, MSFT, SNE

    Frequently vilified by Opus, the much beloved penguin from the Sunday comic-strips "Bloom County" & "Outland," is Bill Gates now trying to qualify for sainthood? Microsoft's repeated incidents of actually listening to customers could be considered minor miracles that will lead to future profits for investors.

    Miracle one

    Xbox has been the number one selling game machine for 30 straight months.  When the company announced the release of Xbox One more »

  • Sony's PS4 Poised to Regain Console Crown

    By Keith Noonan - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Sony (NYSE: SNE) is a Japanese company primarily known for its consumer electronics products. The company also operates entertainment and financial units.

    Its PlayStation gaming hardware, designed and managed by Sony Computer Entertainment, was introduced in 1994 and became the best selling console of the generation, establishing Sony as a major force in the industry. It was succeeded by the even more successful PlayStation 2 in 2000, which, in turn more »

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