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Fly News Breaks for October 11, 2017
Oct 11, 2017 | 10:24 EDT
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Schlumberger (SLB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital with analyst Daniel Boyd saying he sees risk to 2018 estimates and limited room for multiple expansion. 2. Sony (SNE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley 3. Chico's (CHS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill with analyst Lorraine Hutchinson saying the premium multiple is unwarranted. 4. Robert Half (RHI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at SunTrust with analyst Tobey Sommer citing the recent underperformance relative to the U.S. staffing market and moderating growth of accounting jobs. 5. Coach (COH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Consumer Edge. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
News For SLB;SNE;CHS;RHI;COH From the Last 2 Days
Mar 20, 2018 | 12:42 EDT
Welcome to "Game On," The Fly's weekly recap of the stories powering up or beating down video game stocks. NEW RELEASES: Among the major releases this week is Microsoft Studios' (MSFT) "Sea of Thieves," an open-world pirate-themed action game that launches today on Xbox One and PC. Also out this week is Electronic Arts' (EA) action-adventure game "A Way Out," which rolls out on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (SNE), and PC on March 23. In addition, Bandai Namco's role-playing game "Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom" launches on PS4 and PC on March 23. MICROSOFT'S 'NETFLIX FOR VIDEO GAMES': Last week, Microsoft gaming cloud division chief Kareem Choudhry told The Verge in an interview that the company is working on a service that would function in largely the same way as a Netflix (NFLX) for video games. Choudhry said that the service would offer users access to games from a litany of developers, including Microsoft, and stream those games to the player's device of choice. stream those titles to the player's device of choice, according to Choudhry. "We're looking at ways to make that content available to anyone no matter what device they're on," he said, adding that there will eventually be "2B gamers in the world" and Microsoft's goal "is to reach every one of them." 'BATTLEFRONT II' LOOT BOX UPDATE: In a blog post last Friday, EA announced a progression update for "Star Wars Battlefront II," which includes a "complete re-design" of the in-game progression system. As part of the update, which will begin rolling out on March 21, players will no longer be able to spend real money on items that affect how the game is played. Players will not be able to purchase loot crates or ability-boosting Star Cards anymore, and instead will have to earn experience points and skill points for heroes, classes, and ships. "With this update, progression is now linear," the company said. "Star Cards, or any other item impacting gameplay, will only be earned through gameplay and will not be available for purchase." GOOGLE MAPS FOR DESIGNERS: TechCrunch reported last week that Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is making its Maps API more accessible to video game designers, providing them with access to the real world's geography and geometry, inserting 100M 3D buildings, landmarks, and more into developer's design repertoires. Game makes such as EA, Activision Blizzard (ATVI), and Take-Two (TTWO) can use these maps to serve as the foundation of their digital environments with all of the models turned into GameObjects in the Unity game engine that are ready to be adjusted, according to TechCrunch.
Mar 19, 2018 | 07:35 EDT
Notable call activity was cited Friday in Micron (MU), US Steel (X), Comcast (CMCSA), Schlumberger (SLB), Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), Kohl's (KSS), Williams (WMB), Biohaven (BHVN), and Envision Healthcare (EVHC).
Mar 18, 2018 | 16:25 EDT
Disney (DIS) and Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" continues to make history in its fifth weekend at the domestic box office with another $27M. The superhero film, which scored 97% from Rotten Tomatoes and got an A+ CinemaScore from movie audiences, is only the seventh movie ever to cross the $600M mark in North America. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Warner Bros.' (TWX) "Tomb Raider" debuted in second place, earning an estimated $23.5M from 3,854 theaters. Behind it was another newcomer, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate's (LGF.A) "I Can Only Imagine," which ended the weekend with $17.1M from 1,628 theaters. Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" placed number four, grossing $16.6M in its second weekend domestically. Rounding out the top five, 21st Century Fox's (FOXA) "Love, Simon" debuted with an estimated $11.5M from 2,402 theaters. Other publicly traded companies in filmmaking include Viacom (VIAB), Comcast (CMCSA; CMCSK) and Sony's (SNE).
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