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Google’s (GOOG) stock has had a significant run-up over the past year and continues to hit new 52-week highs. The company is constantly expanding into new areas in order to offset the continuing decline in the cost-per-click ad market. While the company doesn’t beat earnings every quarter, one thing is constant, the company always surprises. And not by a penny or two, but in two of the last four quarters the company surprised analysts by more than 13%. One of those quarters was on the upside and one a downside surprise. So with the market hovering around its recent highs and the economy on the road to recovery, will Google report much better than expected earnings on Thursday?……..Click here for the full articleWill Google Miss Earnings Estimates When It Reports Q2 2013 On Thursday?

Last summer I outlined why GameStop (GME) would double in 12 months. Finally, when Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) announced they would release the new eighth generation gaming consoles this holiday season it propelled GameStop well past my price target. Now with the company beating estimates and hitting new 52-week highs its time to figure out when the stock becomes overpriced and it becomes a sell.

Until last year, investors have been avoiding GameStop stock in part because of rumors that the new consoles would not allow used games to be sold or traded. GameStop’s worst fears almost came true a few months ago when Microsoft announced serious restrictions on used games. Just some of the restrictions the company put on its published games were…..Click here for the full article – Why You Have To Buy Shares Of GameStop Stock Right Now

Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) is video game maker best know for it’s Grand Theft Auto franchise. To date the franchise has sold more than 100 million copies and has produced four sequels, numerous series spin-offs and created a devoted fan base. Its style of play and even its game engine were the basis  for Take-Two’s other open world games like Red Dead Redemption. Grand Theft Auto V is possibly the most anticipated game in the series so far. Originally, it was set to be released almost a year ago, but now it looks like it won’t be in stores until September 17th.

In the past few years this wouldn’t have been material to game sales, as fans of the series don’t mind waiting, as long as the company gets it right. However this year is unique in the fact that both Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT) have announced……….Click here for the full article – Take Two Interactive Earnings

This fall, Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT) are releasing the next generation gaming consoles the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. Neither one of these new consoles will be backwards compatible, which simply means they will not play Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 games. So the question now is “What games will be available for the new consoles at the time of launch.” This list is of course subject to change, but here is the current version –

Sony Playstation 4

Game Developer
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft
Battlefield 4 DICE
Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward
DC Universe Online Sony Online Entertainment
Diablo 3 Blizzard
DriveClub Evolution Studios
FIFA 14 EA Sports
Just Dance 2014 Ubisoft
Killzone Shadow Fall Guerilla Games
Knack SCE Japan Studio
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes TT Games
Madden NFL 25 EA Sports
NBA 2K14 Visual Concepts
NBA Live 14 EA Sports
Skylanders: Swap Force Vicarious Visions
Warframe Digital Extremes
Watch Dogs Ubisoft Montreal

Microsoft Xbox One

Game Developer
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft
Battlefield 4 DICE
Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward
Dead Rising 3 Capcom
FIFA 14 EA Sports
Forza Motorsport 5 Turn 10
Just Dance 2014 Ubisoft
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes TT Games
LocoCycle Twisted Pixel
Madden NFL 25 EA Sports
NBA 2K14 Visual Concepts
NBA Live 14 EA Sports
Killer Instinct Double Helix
Kinect Sports Rivals Rare
Ryse: Son of Rome Crytek
Skylanders: Swap Force Vicarious Visions
Watch Dogs Ubisoft Montreal

This is the list of games that will be released before March of 2014, a period of time which both companies have designated as the “launch window”.

Sony Playstation 4

Game Developer
Blacklight Retribution Zombie Studios
Daylight Zombie Studios
inFamous Second Son Sucker Punch
Need for Speed: Rivals Ghost, Criterion
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty Just Add Water
The Crew Ivory Towers and Reflections
The Order: 1886 Ready At Dawn Studios – SCE Santa Monica Studio
PlanetSide 2 Sony Online Entertainment
The Witness Thekla Inc.
Transistor Supergiant Games
Wolfenstein: The New Order Machine Games
War Thunder Gaijin

Microsoft Xbox One

Game Developer
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Mojang
Need for Speed: Rivals Ghost, Criterion
Powerstar Golf Zoe Mode
Project Spark Microsoft
The Crew Ivory Towers and Reflections
Titanfall Respawn
Wolfenstein: The New Order Machine Games

Microsoft’s (MSFT) Developer Conference was held last week and instead of holding it at the company’s Redmond campus like previous years, it joins Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) in holding developers events in San Francisco. One of the first announcements was an update to Windows 8 that addresses a few of the many customer complaints about the operating system. In fact, the new Windows was so poorly designed for use on desktop computers, it is being blamed for the accelerated decline in PC sales this year. Microsoft hopes to change all that with the new Windows 8.1.

At the conference Microsoft revealed it was trying to address some of these issues with a new update to its operating system. The new Windows 8.1 will lessen the reliance on separate boxes and screen slide ins, by making the……..Click here for the full article – Microsoft Stock Shares

 ‘Major Announcement’

Over the weekend Microsoft announced to the media it would be hosting a ‘major’ announcement after the bell on Monday. The announcement was shrouded in secrecy and across the internet rumors were rampent. As the presentation began Steve Ballmer came on to the stage and started touting Microsoft’s Windows software as the “most flexible software ever created” and that “Windows has exceded our expectations” and now “powers over a billion PCs”. Ballmer goes on to say “with Windows 8, we did not want to leave any seam uncovered. We wanted to give it its own companion innovation.” Then he introduced the new Microsoft Surface tablet PC.

 Microsoft Surface

The Microsoft Surface is 9.3mm thick and has a scratch resistant liquid metal case, with a stand built into the device. The presenter touts it as having the best WiFi and briefly connects to Netflix and the movie loads almost immediately. It also has HDMI and the cover has a 3mm touch keyboard attached. The Surface has a 10.6″ HD display and stylus pen that allows the user to write on it using ‘digital ink’. The presenters all call the Surface a PC and were very careful not to call it a ‘tablet’. Click here to read all of Microsoft’s Major Announcements.

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