• 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 »

  • Profiting From Earnings Surprises

    By Callum Turcan - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, ZNGA

    Sometimes your fastest selling product makes a miss and the laggard takes its place. This was the case with Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) latest earnings report, as iPhone sales were 31.8 million (31.2 million plus the 600,000 from previous inventory), which beat estimates for 27 million iPhone's to be sold in the quarter. That presented a 20% increase over last year.

    This enabled investors to look more »

  • Developers Shifting to Mobile Gaming

    By Alexander Cho - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: EA, MSFT, ZNGA

    Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) is a potential growth story. But just because there’s potential doesn't mean investors should ignore the execution of key strategies by management.

    How to play this game

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    The company’s daily-active-user and monthly-active-user figures continued to trend lower going into the second quarter of 2013. That means its social gaming strategy model has to change. When games like Farmville and Mafia Wars first more »

  • Zynga: Big Catch for a Little Device

    By Marie Palumbo - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: FB, MSFT, ZNGA

    Take a ten minute drive north of Zynga’s (NASDAQ: ZNGA) San Francisco headquarters, and you’ll arrive at Fisherman’s Wharf. The legendary market is home to hundreds of fisherman who come every day to buy and sell their daily catch. While Zynga has yet to enter the fishing business, recently the gaming company announced a catch of its own. The company reeled in Don Mattrick as its new more »

  • How Online Gambling Could Save These Companies

    By Stephanie Faris - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: EA, FB, ZNGA

    Immediately following Zynga's (NASDAQ: ZNGA) announcement that it wouldn't pursue an online gambling license in the U.S., the app developer's stocks plummeted. The creator of the app sensation FarmVille had announced plans to develop gambling apps for both the U.S. and U.K. markets, but the U.S. has tight restrictions on online gambling which makes implementation an uphill battle for the company.

    Officially, Zynga more »

  • Zynga Is Toast Without Real Money Gaming

    By Jordan Wathen - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: FB, ZNGA

    Zynga’s (NASDAQ: ZNGA) change of heart may cost it its life. The company announced that it will no longer seek a real money gaming platform in the United States, choosing to focus on casual games to drive future performance.

    So what does this mean for Zynga?

    Why Zynga needs real money gaming

    I’ve been a critic of Zynga’s plans for real money gaming, but not because it more »

  • What's Going to Save Zynga Now?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: BYI, IGT, ZNGA

    When Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) ushered in former Microsoft executive Don Mattrick to take the helm and replace outgoing Chief Executive Mark Pincus, hopes ran high. There was new blood with Xbox running through his veins, and Zynga was looking ahead. After a botched partnership with social-media giant Facebook that left the free social-gaming company jilted, Zynga had a plan to turn things around and online casino gambling was part of more »

  • 4 Key Takeaways From This Game Company's Q2

    By Brandy Betz - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: EA, FB, ZNGA

    Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) fell over 14% after hours Thursday following its second quarter report. The company has earned bad press since its IPO in 2011. But CEO Mark Pincus stepped aside this month to allow Microsoft's Don A. Mattrick to take over the reins

    Mattrick has a long battle in front of him that will require a lot of reconstruction. Here are four key takeaways from Zynga's second more »

  • Are These High-Flying Tech Stocks Worth Your Money?

    By Bob Ciura - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EXPE, ZNGA

    Several growth stocks within the technology sector have richly rewarded their investors in recent months. Stocks including Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), Expedia, (NASDAQ: EXPE), and Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) have rallied considerably since the beginning of the year.

    At the same time, each of these stock recently released quarterly earnings that left a lot to be desired. Do post-earnings declines represent buying opportunities for Fools? Or should investors get out altogether more »

  • Zynga’s Transition Year: Is It Going in the Right Direction?

    By Sarfaraz Khan - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: EA, FB, ZNGA

    In the final week of June, Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) announced that another key member of the organization, Andy Tian, the head of its Beijing game studio, was leaving the company. As a result, shares dropped by nearly 7%, touching a five month low. But then, it announced the arrival of Don Mattrick and its stock rallied. The company is moving forward in its “year of transition” that now includes a more »

  • Yahoo Dents the New Toy

    By Brandy Betz - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: FB, YHOO, ZNGA

    Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) made waves in May by announcing the $1.1 billion all-cash purchase of Tumblr, a popular microblogging service and social network. The company’s past mishandling of acquisitions made Tumblr users so nervous that Yahoo had to promise “not to screw [Tumblr] up” in the announcement. It took Yahoo less than two months to break that promise. The associated backlash made Yahoo reverse its course, but there more »

  • 4 Key Takeaways From Facebook’s Incredible Quarter

    By Sam Mattera - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, ZNGA

    Social networking giant Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) reported an incredible quarter on Wednesday, crushing analyst expectations. Shares surged over 20% in the after-hours session.

    Investors interested in the company, or the broader sector in general, should take note of the following trends.

    What mobile problem?

    When it comes to Facebook, the bear case was based on problems with the mobile platform. With more users accessing Facebook from their phones and tablets more »

  • How Zynga Can Come Back

    By John McKenna - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: EA, FB, MSFT, ZNGA

    If there is one thing growing up as a Millenial has taught me, it’s that you are bound to the ever changing technology climate. What was cutting edge two years ago is now a relic of a bygone age. Nowhere is this truer than in the video game world, where all eyes are on the eighth generation of consoles set to come out this fall. Yet at the same more »

  • Glu Mobile Signs Important Deal With Potential Cash Infusion

    By Mark Holder - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: EA, GLUU, ZNGA

    In order to be successful in the tech sector, it tends to help to have the financial flexibility in order to invest for the future. For anybody interested in investing in the mobile gaming sector, the main two options have been Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU) with a mobile only focus or Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) with a shift towards mobile from Facebook. The major difference has always been that Glu only 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 »

  • Finding the Best Software Companies

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 20, 2013 | Tickers: ADBE, ADSK, ZNGA

    While technology might appear to already be significantly integrated into society, I believe we have only seen the beginning. Most of the gadgets and gizmos require software to operate, and that poses a huge opportunity for innovative companies. But before just buying any computer software stock, it is vital to take a look at how the firms are positioned to take advantage of the significant amount of technological growth that more »

  • Which Mobile Game Is the Most Popular?

    By Erin McBride - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: EA, HAS, DIS, ZNGA

    Will the new Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) deal have your portfolio cheering “Yahtzee?”

    Hasbro recently announced a deal with digital game developer Electronic Arts (EA) to produce digital versions of popular games like Monopoly, Battleship, Clue, Scrabble, and Yahtzee for smartphones and other mobile devices.

    Both companies have existing deals with other companies in the business. Hasbro has a deal with social game developer Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGAmore »)

  • Did Microsoft Make a Move for This Gaming Company?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 14, 2013 | Tickers: FB, MSFT, ZNGA

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has had some turmoil at and near the top of its entertainment division food chain of late. First, there was a lot of hype over its latest and greatest entertainment device, the Xbox One, a little more than a month ago -- but in the days that followed, the feedback has generally been that the console does not live up to the hype, though it actually won't more »

  • Is Tencent One of the Greatest Growth Stocks of the Past Decade?

    By James Hartje - July 14, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, FB, GRPN, ZNGA

    While U.S. social media stocks like Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), and Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) have struggled to live up the hype; China’s Tencent Holdings (0700.HK) on the other hand has been thriving despite a weak Chinese economy.

    Who & What is Tencent?

    Tencent is a Chinese investment holding company whose subsidiaries provide everything from mass media, entertainment, Internet, gaming and mobile phone services to China’s more »

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