Take-Two's Grand Theft Letdown

And, Applied Materials posts flat results.

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Take-Two's Grand Theft Letdown

Video game company Take-Two Interactive Software (Nasdaq: TTWO) slipped by 2.45% in after-hours trading on Thursday after disclosing financial results and updates.

Financials: Take-Two reported revenue of $1.4 billion in the past quarter, which was better than expected.

Details: The company attributed higher revenue to better-than-expected sales for NBA 2K24 and Zynga’s in-app purchases.

Powering the Story: Take-Two disclosed Thursday that the next installment of its most important franchise, Grand Theft Auto, won’t come out until Fall 2025. The game is called Grand Theft Auto VI. Investors expected it to come out earlier in 2025.

Outlook: The company anticipates revenue between $5.5 billion to $5.6 billion in the next fiscal year. Once again, investors wanted better numbers.

Stock Price: Take-Two is down 8% this year, but up 2% in the last 30 days.

Final Thoughts: Grand Theft Auto is crucial for Take-Two. They have to get this one right.


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Applied Materials Posts Flat Results

Despite posting good financial results on Thursday, shares of Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT) slipped by 1.25% in after-hours trading.

Financials: Applied Materials reported earnings of $2.09 per share in the past quarter and revenue of $6.65 billion; both were better than expected.

Powering the Story: Revenue and the operating margin were both flat year-over-year. This might explain the negative reaction.

Outlook: Applied Materials expects revenue to be $6.65 billion in the current quarter. It also expects earnings per share to be between $1.83 to $2.19.

Stock Price: Applied Materials is up 38% this year.

Final Thoughts: Applied Materials has benefited from the recent AI craze as a semiconductor company. But can it overcome flat results?

Cracker Barrel Cuts Dividend

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Nasdaq: CBRL), the Southern-themed restaurant chain, declined 10.06% in after-hours trading on Thursday after slashing its dividend.

Details: The company cut the dividend from $1.30 per share to $0.25, an 80% drop. Cracker Barrel said it needed the cash for its “strategic transformation plan.”

Stock Price: Cracker Barrel was down 25% this year before the results.

Final Thoughts: It’s a bad sign when a company slashes its dividend by 80%. Cracker Barrel needs to turn its finances around.

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