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GameStop’s stock is getting hammered after the retailer lowered its Q4 guidance

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GameStop made $3.15 billion over the holidays, but that’s not enough to keep its share price from plummeting.

The retailer’s stock is currently trading at $36.55, which is down almost 20 percent since the market opened this morning. Investors are hammering the largest gaming-specific retailer in the U.S. after it revised its guidance down for the fourth quarter.

The company, which serves as the most recognizable physical outlet for the multibillion-dollar gaming industry, previously predicted it would bring in an earnings-per-share (EPS) of $1.97 to $2.14. GameStop is now anticipating an EPS range of $1.85 to $1.95 for the fourth quarter.

That’s well below analyst expectations of $2.14 a share, according to market-research website Factset.

R.W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian believes that GameStop revised down its expectations due to potentially slumping software sales in December.

“Based on GameStop’s report, we are adjusting our estimates for Q4 and 2014,” Sebastian wrote in a note to investors. “We note that NPD will provide its update on December industry sales, which we expect to reflect declining software sales year-over-year.”

As Sebastian notes, industry-intelligence firm The NPD Group will release its sales figures for December and 2013 on Thursday. Despite the launch of the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, Sebastian expects November’s slow software sales to continue into the final month of the year.

GameStop also revised down its full-year EPS guidance from $3.06 to $2.96, which is down 5 percent from the retailer’s previous estimates.

The brick-and-mortar gaming chain has had several years of growth, but it now faces challenges as the industry shifts to a digital model. GameStop’s share price reached an all-time high of $57.74 in November, but it has dipped in value since then.

Prior to today’s adjustments, GameStop’s stock also took a hit last week when Sony announced its PlayStation Now game-streaming service. This platform is a cloud-based gaming solution that will enable customers to stream PlayStation 3 titles similar to how Netflix streams films. GameStop’s shares dropped 8 percent to $44 on the possibility that Sony could cut out physical games moving forward.

 

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Sony is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through... read more »

Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. is a major video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, and is a wholly owned subsidiary and part of the Consumer Products & Services Group of Sony. The company was... read more »

The NPD Group provides market information and advisory services to help our clients make better business decisions -- including developing and offering the right products in the right places at the right prices for the right people in ... read more »

Microsoft Studios is the video game production wing for Microsoft, responsible for the development and publishing of games for the Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Games for Windows and Windows Phone platforms. They were established in 2002 a... read more »

Colin Sebastian is senior equity research analyst covering Internet and interactive media for Robert W Baird & Company. He is also an advisory board member for Sgrouples.com, a social media alternative that allows users to control thei... read more »

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