GameStop (GME): Hardware Cycle and VR Should Overshadow Shift to Digital - Piper Jaffray
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Piper Jaffray analyst, Michael Olson, reiterated his Overweight rating on shares of GameStop (NYSE: GME) and reiterated his price target of $41.
There are three key components to the GME story today:
1) secular headwinds of ongoing shift towards digital gaming
2) positive near-term impact of the mid-cycle hardware refresh & VR
3) the diversification of the business towards non-GameStop store initiatives (AT&T wireless stores, etc.).
The analyst believes the most impactful of these trends in the next year will likely be the 2H'16 & '17 updated slate of hardware (incl. VR). Historically, new hardware has drawn gamers into retail. While GameStop faces headwinds from digital full game downloads, there are some near-term catalysts for GME shares with the mid-cycle console refresh and VR.
Shares of GameStop closed at $31.11 yesterday.
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