ZYNGA INC

  • Disney and Microsoft are Compulsive Gamblers

    By Marie Palumbo - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, DIS, ZNGA

    The lights and glamour of Las Vegas emerge as the sun sets in the Nevada desert. Roulette wheels begin to spin, hits are called, bets are placed, and the whirl of slot machines fills the air. Thousands of people come to the strip every night, and if you’re not watching closely, you’ll miss two of Las Vegas’s biggest gamblers: Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

    These more »

  • Dog Days Anything but Over for Zynga

    By Keith Noonan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: FB, MSFT, ZNGA

    Zynga (ZNGA) is an American gaming company that rose to prominence with its web and mobile titles. The company was founded in 2010 and, at one time, was considered to be among the hottest emerging companies on the social gaming scene.

    Zynga released its breakout hit, “Farmville, on Facebook (FB) back in 2009 and achieved impressive daily active user numbers, spurring unrealistic valuations and an eventual stock collapse from $10 more »

  • 3 Questions for Groupon's New CEO

    By John McKenna - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: GRPN, YELP, ZNGA

    Struggling coupon giant Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), made headlines by promoting Eric Lefkofsky to the role of CEO, replacing the ousted Andrew Mason. This gave Groupon a post earnings boost, with the share price jumping 19%, as well as a $300 million share buyback. For some, this bit of positive news can be seen as a start of Groupon’s recovery after two brutal post-IPO years, but new competition, and recent more »

  • Should You Follow Management's Big Buy in This Video Game Maker?

    By Robert Hanley - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, GME, ZNGA

    In July 2013, leading video game publisher Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) decided to get out from under majority owner Vivendi’s yoke, agreeing to pay $8.2 billion for most of the France-based conglomerate’s position. According to the announcement, $5.8 billion will be purchased by the company and $2.4 billion of the shares will be purchased by investors led by the company’s CEO and Chairman. The more »

  • Disappointing Earnings Amid Broad Strength

    By Nathaniel Matherson - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: EXPE, PCLN, ZNGA

    With the market at all time highs it would seem the economy is back in full swing, sort of. A number of large, market leading companies have already reported strong second quarter results helping to propel this market even further to upside in recent weeks. As earnings season comes to an end I wanted to highlight a couple companies which haven't lived up to the expectations set by Wall more »

  • EA Stock: Get in the Game

    By Marcus Tisdale - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, ZNGA

    Forget Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA). (not hard to do after its dismal stock performance.) . EA, the company behind popular PC and console games aimed at a hardcore audience, like Madden and Mass Effect is actually faring much, much better. This is the hot gaming stock you'll want to  get into and ride out for the long term.


    It's Producing Consistent Hits

    The video game industry is a hit-based business more »

  • Why Sticking With the Leaders Is the Best Option in Gaming

    By Reuben Brewer - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, ZNGA

    Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) has fallen hard since the fanfare of its IPO. After searching in different directions to find a workable business model, the company has decided to “get back to basics.” That may be a good choice, but investors should still stick with companies like Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI).

    Zynga was among the first casual game makers in the social space, spreading its wares more »

  • Three Questions for Groupon's New CEO

    By John McKenna - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: GRPN, YELP, ZNGA

    Struggling coupon giant Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), made headlines this week by promoting Eric Lefkofsky to the role of CEO, replacing the ousted Andrew Mason. This gave Groupon a post earnings boost, with the share price jumping 19%, as well as a $300 million share buyback. For some, this bit of positive news can be seen as a start of Groupon’s recovery after two brutal post-IPO years, but new competition more »

  • Can Zynga Bounce Back?

    By Ashit Gulati - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, ZNGA

    With the rise in the number of internet users and advent of social media, there has been a phenomenal rise in the number of online gamers. NPD group’s report on online gaming indicates that 72% of the gamers in the U.S. are hooked to online games, reporting a 5% increase from 2012. The number of hours spent playing online games has gone up 6%.

    However, the leading social more »

  • Zynga's Farm Is in Danger: Game Over or Just a Pause?

    By Adrian Campos - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: FB, RENN, ZNGA

    I have been following Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) closely for the past 12 months. Let me say this straight: I really don't like what I see now. Even in the worst moments, shareholders could have some hope that Zynga will fix its issues and, with some luck, become an important player in the attractive real money online gambling field, in the U.S. (Nevada).

    After all, it was former CEO more »

  • Can These 3 Social Media Giants Boost Your Portfolio?

    By Bill Edson - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: FB, LNKD, ZNGA

    It would seem that the process of turning a free worldwide social networking platform into a paying product has proved to be more challenging for Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) than anyone could have imagined. Likewise, Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) has been seeing some rough days, suffering from a lagging social media game and now a denied license for online gambling. But not all social media sites are suffering. 

    LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) is more »

  • Facebook Has What it Takes to Become Wall Street’s Darling

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, ZNGA

    Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) seems to have finally shaded off its botched IPO nightmares following its recent highs. The company has already breached its IPO price of $38, slightly over 14 months since going public. As people question the sustainability of the social networking giant’s current rally, I am even more bullish than ever. I have always been bullish on Facebook, even when it traded at $17.55, nearly a more »

  • Digital Gaming Investment Opportunities

    By Johan Seijkens - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: GA, GAME, ZNGA

    The global video games industry was valued at just over $71 billion in 2012. Global sales growth remained more or less static at 1% in value terms last year, but it is expected to grow $30 billion in the coming years (2012-2017). Some $15 billion of this forecast revenue is expected to come from digital gaming. This will be the most exciting area for investment going forward.

    The video games more »

  • Is Zynga Fixable?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: CZR, FB, ZNGA

    Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) among other companies involved in social gaming, have struggled to make the most of the social status of human beings. At least not as effectively as Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) going by the most recent results. Facebook seems to be getting its cards right as its mobile revenues sore. However, Zynga, which seemingly had given hope on social gaming with a purported shift to real money gambling, is more »

  • Is it Time to Pick Facebook?

    By Adetokunbo Abiola - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, MSFT, ZNGA

    Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) should be cautiously happy with its second quarter results. Was it not only a few months ago that there were concerns about changes to the site’s interface? Recent attempts to thrive on portable gadgets have led to a 53% revenue growth to $1.8 billion in the last quarter. This is the company’s fastest sales growth since it went public in 2012. Considering that the more »

  • Is This Stock Worth a Gamble?

    By Ayush Singh - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: EA, GLUU, ZNGA

    If you spend a fair share of your time on social networking websites, you have got to be aware of Zygna (NASDAQ: ZNGA), the company which has developed some of the best and most addictive online games. Zygna sure does excite the populace with its addictive games, but it failed to excite its shareholders as the recent quarterly results confirmed that the company booked a dip in its margins.

    So more »

  • It's Game On for These Companies

    By Jacob Norte - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: EA, MSFT, ZNGA

    As a college student, I have seen what video games can do to a person's sociability, and more importantly, GPA. I would be lying to you if I said I don't like a little Madden or Call of Duty action from time to time, as most males my age do. Buying a new game can be exhilarating: the unknown stories and conflicts you will undoubtedly guide your virtual more »

  • Why Facebook Is Worth More Than $100 Billion

    By Adrian Campos - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, ZNGA

    Remember what Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) was called before its IPO last year? The $100 billion company. Yet soon after it went public, Facebook share price went down more than 20%, disappointing investors. But those who called Facebook the $100 billion company may be wrong once more.

    Shares jumped 30% in less than 24 hours, after Facebook announced revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was up 53%, taking market capitalization more »

  • Three Companies You Should Avoid After Earnings

    By Jayson Derrick - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: DLB, N, ZNGA

    Note: This article has been amended to better reflect Zynga's liquidity position and management.

    Earning season provides investors with the opportunity to gain insight in to not only how a company has performed recently but also whether the company is heading in the right direction. The companies I discuss below should be avoided, either because of a negative outlook or simply because the upside is limited.

    Second quarter results more »

  • You Don’t Fold a Winning Hand: Zynga’s Current Downfall

    By usman iftikhar - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, ZNGA

    Imagine someone carrying a full house, but folding. This is what I think Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) did when it decided that it would no longer pursue a real-money online gaming platform in the United States. This was sad news, as the expectations from the new CEO Don Mattrick were quite high due to his association with Microsoft. But Even the former Microsoft executive couldn't recognize the huge opportunity in more »

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