Breaking News Instant updates and real-time market news.

ATVI

Activision Blizzard

$77.99

4.13 (5.59%)

, SNE

Sony

$55.50

-0.01 (-0.02%)

16:16
10/14/18
10/14
16:16
10/14/18
16:16

New Call of Duty delivers biggest launch day one digital sales for Activision

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has set a new launch day record as the biggest day one digital release in Activision (ATVI) history. Digital sales for the first day of release broke the franchise record set in 2017 by Call of Duty: WWII. Released Friday, Black Ops 4 also set a new PlayStation (SNE) record for day one digital full game sales on PlayStation Store, globally. The title also quickly became the best-selling Activision Xbox One (MSFT) digital game on day one, globally. The first Call of Duty release ever on Blizzard's Battle.net, the PC version of Black Ops 4 also delivered a new franchise high in which launch day PC digital sales more than doubled year on year. In its first day of availability, the total number of people who connected online to play Black Ops 4 increased from last year's release.

ATVI

Activision Blizzard

$77.99

4.13 (5.59%)

SNE

Sony

$55.50

-0.01 (-0.02%)

MSFT

Microsoft

$109.54

3.63 (3.43%)

  • 16

    Oct

  • 21

    Oct

  • 24

    Oct

  • 24

    Oct

  • 25

    Oct

  • 28

    Oct

  • 13

    Nov

  • 28

    Nov

  • 03

    Mar

ATVI Activision Blizzard
$77.99

4.13 (5.59%)

10/08/18
BARD
10/08/18
NO CHANGE
BARD
Outperform
Microsoft Project xCloud mostly positive for game publishers, says Baird
After Microsoft (MSFT) announced details of its game-streaming initiative, Project xCloud, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said he does not expect beta user trials until 2019, with a full launch likely 1-2 years later. The analyst, who sees the news as mostly positive for game publishers Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two (TTWO), believes that streaming represents an opportunity to convert a portion of the remaining casual gamer market by providing console-quality full streaming games with the cross-platform social features of current consoles. Baird has Outperform ratings on all three game publishers mentioned.
10/12/18
PIPR
10/12/18
NO CHANGE
Target $88
PIPR
Overweight
Activision's new Call of Duty launched to strong reviews, says Piper Jaffray
Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty: Black ops III launched at midnight and has received strong early reviews, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson tells investors in a research note. The analyst says that while investors have cited concerns around free to play battle royale title Fortnite taking market share, he believes the latest Call of Duty is "loudly staking its claim as the top shooter title." Olson thinks his sales estimate of 23.5M units for 2018 could prove conservative given the solid reviews for the game. He maintains an Overweight rating on Activision Blizzard with an $88 price target.
10/05/18
BREN
10/05/18
INITIATION
Target $80
BREN
Hold
Activision Blizzard initiated with a Hold at Berenberg
Berenberg initiated Activision Blizzard with a Hold and $80 price target.
10/10/18
KEYB
10/10/18
NO CHANGE
Target $90
KEYB
Overweight
Call of Duty launch should be positive for Activision Blizzard, says KeyBanc
KeyBanc analyst Evan Wingren continues to recommend buying Activision Blizzard. The analyst expects the first weekend of Call of Duty sales to be a positive initial catalyst for the company. PC distribution and Blackout has potential to drive upside above his expectations, Wingren contended. He reiterates an Overweight rating and $90 price target on the shares.
SNE Sony
$55.50

-0.01 (-0.02%)

04/20/18
PIPR
04/20/18
NO CHANGE
PIPR
March NPD video game software sales fell 25%, says Piper Jaffray
March NPD video game software sales declined 25% year-over-year due to a tough compare with the launch of Nintendo's (NTDOY) Switch console a year ago and its highly successful launch title, The Legend of Zelda, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson tells investors in a research note. The top two titles in the month were Ubisoft's Far Cry 5 and Sony's (SNE) MLB: The Show, but combined, the two generated less revenue than last year's Zelda, Olson adds. He views this month's data as less relevant given the absence of a major launch from Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) or Take-Two (TTWO). However, Olson thinks the March NPD data is most positive for Activision and least favorable for EA, which he says faced difficult compares to the launch of Mass Affect: Andromeda the prior year. The analyst keeps Overweight ratings on Activision, EA and Take-Two.
05/07/18
UBSW
05/07/18
DOWNGRADE
UBSW
Neutral
Sony downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
06/20/18
PIPR
06/20/18
NO CHANGE
PIPR
May NPD video game software sales rose 15%, says Piper Jaffray
May NPD video game software sales were up 15% year-over-year, driven by Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY) launches of first-party titles, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson tells investors in a research note. The analyst views May NPD data as less relevant for publishers since there were no major launches from Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) or Take-Two (TTWO). He maintains Overweight ratings on all three names.
09/10/18
FBCO
09/10/18
UPGRADE
FBCO
Outperform
Sony upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
MSFT Microsoft
$109.54

3.63 (3.43%)

10/12/18
10/12/18
UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie with analyst Sarah Hindlian saying she is taking advantage of the pullback in shares. 2. Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi with analyst Mark May saying the valuation, following this week's selloff, has reached a level that warrants an "opportunistic" upgrade to Buy. 3. Square (SQ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord with analyst Michael Graham saying the recent pullback in the shares creates a long-term opportunity in a "truly disruptive and well-run company." 4. Snap (SNAP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research with analyst Brian Wieser saying despite declining usage and liquidity, the data he looks at is showing a "widening user base, although one which is collectively reducing its time on the platform." 5. Costco (COST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
10/12/18
MACQ
10/12/18
UPGRADE
Target $121
MACQ
Outperform
Macquarie upgrades Microsoft to Outperform after pullback to 'correct' mistake
As previously reported, Macquarie analyst Sarah Hindlian upgraded Microsoft to Outperform from Neutral, taking advantage of the market pullback to "correct" her rating on "a name [she has sorely missed." The company has been differentiating Azure in several critical ways that she did not fully appreciate, such as being both enterprise-friendly and aggressive in layering in unique and incremental services such as Artificial Intelligence, Azure Stack, Azure Sphere, and a broad focus on edge computing, Hindlian tells investors. Additionally, Microsoft continues to drive the business into higher-growth arenas, like public cloud and what she expects to be an emerging successful gaming services platform. While many are worrying that the company's robust earnings trend will not persist as comps get tougher, Hindlian sees ample revenue drivers and raised her price target on Microsoft shares to $121 from $106.
10/12/18
MACQ
10/12/18
UPGRADE
Target $121
MACQ
Outperform
Microsoft upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie analyst Sarah Hindlian upgraded Microsoft to Outperform from Neutral and raised its price target to $121 saying she is taking advantage of the pullback in shares. Hindlian views Microsoft as a relatively defensive name with long-term earnings power and expects a strong start to FY19 following constructive field work.
10/12/18
10/12/18
NO CHANGE

Fly Intel: Today's top analyst calls on Wall Street
Check out today's top analyst calls from around Wall Street, compiled by The Fly. MICROSOFT UPGRADED TO OUTPERFORM AFTER PULLBACK: Macquarie analyst Sarah Hindlian upgraded Microsoft (MSFT) to Outperform from Neutral and raised her price target on the shares to $121, saying she is taking advantage of the pullback in shares. Hindlian views Microsoft as a relatively defensive name with long-term earnings power and expects a strong start to FY19 following constructive field work. CITI UPGRADES NETFLIX TO BUY: Citi analyst Mark May upgraded Netflix (NFLX) to Buy from Neutral with an unchanged price target of $375. The valuation, following this week's selloff, has reached a level that warrants an "opportunistic" upgrade to Buy, May said. Netflix has a highly recurring subscription-based revenue business that delivers "significant value" to consumers, and its management team has a strong track record of execution, the analyst contended. Further, he believes the company's fundamentals remain strong and that is has opportunity to continue growing international subscribers. SQUARE UPGRADED TO BUY AFTER PULLBACK: Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Graham upgraded Square (SQ) to Buy from Hold and raised his price target for the shares to $90 from $60. The recent pullback in the shares creates a long-term opportunity in a "truly disruptive and well-run company," Graham said. He believes the departure of CFO Sarah Friar is more about going to a promising company as CEO rather than walking away from a risk. PIVOTAL UPGRADES SNAP TO BUY: Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser upgraded Snap (SNAP) to Buy from Hold while lowering his price target for the shares to $8 from $9. The analyst said that despite declining usage and liquidity, the data he looks at is showing a "widening user base, although one which is collectively reducing its time on the platform." It is not too late for management to find ways to reverse recent usage trends and generally improve monetization regardless of those usage trends, Wieser added. Further, the analyst believes Snap could become an attractive candidate to go private with the stock's price at current levels. JPMORGAN DOWNGRADES ESTEE LAUDER TO NEUTRAL: JPMorgan analyst Andrea Teixeira downgraded Estee Lauder (EL) to Neutral and lowered her price target for the shares to $138 from $154. There may be a deceleration in the travel retail channel ahead now that Chinese customs agents are implementing tighter controls at the border, according to local source, Teixeira noted. Further, she believes the de-rating in luxury peers related to the group's "outsized exposure" to Chinese consumers will likely put a cap on Estee Lauder's valuation as well. The analyst also sees less opportunity for earnings beats on margins in the near term given tariff costs.

TODAY'S FREE FLY STORIES

APD

Air Products

$157.15

-1 (-0.63%)

07:20
11/15/18
11/15
07:20
11/15/18
07:20
Conference/Events
Air Products management to meet with Deutsche Bank »

Meeting to be held in New…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 15

    Nov

PCG

PG&E

$25.66

-7.04 (-21.53%)

07:19
11/15/18
11/15
07:19
11/15/18
07:19
Downgrade
PG&E rating change  »

PG&E downgraded to…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

F

Ford

$9.55

0.01 (0.10%)

, VLKAY

Volkswagen

$0.00

(0.00%)

07:18
11/15/18
11/15
07:18
11/15/18
07:18
Periodicals
Ford CEO open to autonomous vehicles investors but cautious on VW, Reuters says »

Ford Motor (F) CEO Jim…

F

Ford

$9.55

0.01 (0.10%)

VLKAY

Volkswagen

$0.00

(0.00%)

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 13

    Dec

  • 23

    Jan

  • 25

    Apr

  • 24

    Jul

  • 23

    Oct

KBH

KB Home

$20.80

-0.135 (-0.64%)

07:17
11/15/18
11/15
07:17
11/15/18
07:17
Recommendations
KB Home analyst commentary  »

KB Home price target…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

FRO

Frontline

$5.93

-0.1 (-1.66%)

07:17
11/15/18
11/15
07:17
11/15/18
07:17
Upgrade
Frontline rating change  »

Frontline upgraded to Buy…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

SPTN

SpartanNash

$16.99

-0.44 (-2.52%)

07:17
11/15/18
11/15
07:17
11/15/18
07:17
Upgrade
SpartanNash rating change  »

SpartanNash upgraded to…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

HGV

Hilton Grand Vacations

$28.27

0.48 (1.73%)

07:16
11/15/18
11/15
07:16
11/15/18
07:16
Upgrade
Hilton Grand Vacations rating change  »

Hilton Grand Vacations…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 04

    Dec

OAS

Oasis Petroleum

$8.28

-0.04 (-0.48%)

07:16
11/15/18
11/15
07:16
11/15/18
07:16
Upgrade
Oasis Petroleum rating change  »

Oasis Petroleum upgraded…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 26

    Nov

  • 04

    Dec

CNST

Constellation Pharmaceuticals

$5.83

0.025 (0.43%)

07:16
11/15/18
11/15
07:16
11/15/18
07:16
Hot Stocks
Constellation Pharmaceuticals to present data on EZH2 program at conference »

Constellation…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 15

    Nov

  • 27

    Nov

APRN

Blue Apron

$1.17

-0.055 (-4.51%)

07:15
11/15/18
11/15
07:15
11/15/18
07:15
Recommendations
Blue Apron analyst commentary  »

Blue Apron price target…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 28

    Nov

BECN

Beacon Roofing

$28.07

0.81 (2.97%)

07:14
11/15/18
11/15
07:14
11/15/18
07:14
Recommendations
Beacon Roofing analyst commentary  »

Beacon Roofing price…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 19

    Nov

  • 13

    Dec

WEX

Wex

$157.62

-4.01 (-2.48%)

07:14
11/15/18
11/15
07:14
11/15/18
07:14
Recommendations
Wex analyst commentary  »

JPMorgan…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

QURE

uniQure

$22.79

-1.16 (-4.84%)

07:14
11/15/18
11/15
07:14
11/15/18
07:14
Hot Stocks
uniQure announces data from dose-confirmation study of AMT-061 »

uniQure announced initial…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

WMT

Walmart

$101.58

-1.37 (-1.33%)

07:14
11/15/18
11/15
07:14
11/15/18
07:14
Hot Stocks
Walmart CEO says continues to see 'strong' comp store sales »

President and CEO Doug…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 15

    Nov

F

Ford

$9.55

0.01 (0.10%)

07:11
11/15/18
11/15
07:11
11/15/18
07:11
Periodicals
Ford plans ride-sharing service with autonomous vehicles by 2021, CNBC reports »

Ford has been road…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 13

    Dec

  • 23

    Jan

  • 25

    Apr

  • 24

    Jul

  • 23

    Oct

FOCS

Focus Financial Partners

$30.43

-1.54 (-4.82%)

07:11
11/15/18
11/15
07:11
11/15/18
07:11
Recommendations
Focus Financial Partners analyst commentary  »

Focus Financial Partners…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

SYF

Synchrony

$26.91

-0.74 (-2.68%)

07:10
11/15/18
11/15
07:10
11/15/18
07:10
Hot Stocks
Synchrony reports October net charge-off rate 4.85% vs. 4.50% last month »

Reports October 30-plus…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

SR

Spire

$76.03

-0.36 (-0.47%)

07:10
11/15/18
11/15
07:10
11/15/18
07:10
Earnings
Spire sees FY19 economic EPS $3.70-$3.80, consensus $3.68 »

FY19 CapEx are expected…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 15

    Nov

BGNE

BeiGene

$124.56

9.79 (8.53%)

07:10
11/15/18
11/15
07:10
11/15/18
07:10
Hot Stocks
BeiGene receives priority review from China's NMPA for zanubrutinib »

BeiGene announced that…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 15

    Nov

  • 16

    Nov

  • 27

    Nov

  • 01

    Dec

  • 03

    Dec

SR

Spire

$76.03

-0.36 (-0.47%)

07:09
11/15/18
11/15
07:09
11/15/18
07:09
Earnings
Spire reports Q4 EPS (52c), consensus (59c) »

Reports Q4 revenue…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 15

    Nov

JPM

JPMorgan

$107.36

-2.23 (-2.03%)

07:08
11/15/18
11/15
07:08
11/15/18
07:08
Hot Stocks
JPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.19% vs. 2.22% last month »

Reports October 30-plus…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 26

    Feb

WMT

Walmart

$101.58

-1.37 (-1.33%)

07:07
11/15/18
11/15
07:07
11/15/18
07:07
Hot Stocks
Walmart raises FY19 Walmart U.S. comp sales tp up at least 3% »

Walmart now sees FY19…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 15

    Nov

MDR

McDermott

$7.89

0.28 (3.68%)

, BHGE

Baker Hughes

$22.97

-0.65 (-2.75%)

07:07
11/15/18
11/15
07:07
11/15/18
07:07
Hot Stocks
McDermott awarded engineering services contract by Talos Energy for Zama field »

McDermott (MDR) announced…

MDR

McDermott

$7.89

0.28 (3.68%)

BHGE

Baker Hughes

$22.97

-0.65 (-2.75%)

TALO

Talos Energy

$21.56

-0.12 (-0.55%)

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 26

    Nov

  • 29

    Nov

  • 14

    Nov

DVMT

Dell Technologies

$105.75

4.13 (4.06%)

07:06
11/15/18
11/15
07:06
11/15/18
07:06
Hot Stocks
Dell Technologies sees closing Class V transaction by end of 2018 »

Dell Technologies today…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 11

    Dec

BRC

Brady

$41.93

-0.27 (-0.64%)

07:06
11/15/18
11/15
07:06
11/15/18
07:06
Earnings
Breaking Earnings news story on Brady »

Brady raises FY19 organic…

03/08/13
Wedge Partners
03/08/13
Credit Suisse
03/06/13
Citigroup
03/06/13
Barclays

See Street Research during your Free Trial

  • 15

    Nov

Get Full Fly Access

Breaking market intelligence sent straight to you
Our team of experts analyze every news story and filter out the noise to deliver real-time market moving news.
Up-to-date information on important industry events
Get real-time updates on events that are moving the market—from conferences and calls to syndicate announcements.
News focused on the companies in your portfolio
Create up to 12 portfolios with 150 stocks each, and see how active they are in market news.