Stocks To Watch As The Launch Day Arrives For PS4

George Tsemberlis, Kapitall: The PlayStation 4 has arrived. What will the day one experience bring?

It’s launch day for the PlayStation 4, and gamers have been looking forward to the gaming and social experience promised by this first wave in the next generation of consoles. So what do Sony (SNE) and its partner companies have in store for early adopters?

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Click the interactive chart below to see Sony's stock price over the past year.

If you haven’t already pre-ordered your PlayStation 4, your day one experience will likely be delayed. Online retailers such as Amazon (AMZN) are entirely depleted of preorder units, with no guarantee when they will return to stock.

Brick and mortar retailers Wal-Mart (WMT), GameStop (GME), Target (TGT), and Best Buy (BBY) promised to have a limited number of consoles available at retail for midnight releases across the country. Maybe you already bundled up and got in line.

If you survived the crowds (or had the foresight to preorder) you probably picked up a few games as well. Next-gen versions of Battlefield 4 (EA) and Call of Duty: Ghosts (ATVI) are available, as well as launch titles Knack and Injustice: Gods Among Us—Ultimate Edition (TWX).

After getting your fill of gaming, you may want to explore some of the social and media services available to you. You can:
  • Post video or highlights from your play session to Facebook (FB).
  • Stream video via Amazon, Netflix (NFLX) and Redbox (VZ) for a more passive entertainment experience.
  • Take a relaxing hot bath…. while continuing to game via the PS4's ability to stream itself to the PlayStation Vita handheld console.

If you’re one of the people holding out for the Xbox One (MSFT) next week, or just not quite ready for the new generation of consoles yet, you’re not totally left alone this week.

Two great games of the current generation saw the release of new downloadable content this week with Bioshock Infinite continuing its story in Burial At Sea: Episode 1, and sci-fi strategy game XCOM (TTWO) adding new gameplay with T he Enemy Within.

PS4 may be the belle of the ball this week but that doesn’t mean other companies aren’t going to be impacted by the console launch.

Click the interactive chart below to see yearly returns for some of the companies that may be impacted by the launch of the PS4.

As the next generation of consoles grows increasingly connected via third-party partnerships and non-traditional features, will gaming begin to have impact beyond its own industry? Use the list below as a starting point to your own analysis.

1. Sony Corporation ( SNE): Designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Market cap at $18.3B, most recent closing price at $17.94.

 

 

2. Amazon.com Inc. ( AMZN): Operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. Market cap at $162.79B, most recent closing price at $356.22.

 

 

3. GameStop Corp. ( GME): Operates as a retailer of video game products and personal computer (PC) entertainment software. Market cap at $6.79B, most recent closing price at $57.59.

 

 

4. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ( WMT): Operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. Market cap at $258.63B, most recent closing price at $78.90.

 

 

5. Target Corp. ( TGT): Operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Market cap at $42.45B, most recent closing price at $66.87.

 

 

6. Best Buy Co. Inc. ( BBY): Operates as a retailer of consumer electronics, home office products, entertainment products, appliances, and related services primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and China. Market cap at $14.97B, most recent closing price at $43.99.

 

 

7. Electronic Arts Inc. ( EA): Develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software and content for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and electronic readers, hand held game players, and the Internet. Market cap at $8.14B, most recent closing price at $26.42.

 

 

8. Activision Blizzard, Inc. ( ATVI): Publishes online, personal computer (PC), console, handheld, and mobile games of interactive entertainment worldwide. Market cap at $19.43B, most recent closing price at $17.32.

 

 

9. Time Warner Inc. ( TWX): Operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $62.06B, most recent closing price at $67.69.

 

 

10. Facebook, Inc. ( FB): Operates as a social networking company worldwide. Market cap at $118.37B, most recent closing price at $48.71.

 

 

11. Netflix, Inc. ( NFLX): Provides subscription based Internet services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $19.82B, most recent closing price at $335.28.

 

 

12. Verizon Communications Inc. ( VZ): Provides communication services. Market cap at $143.27B, most recent closing price at $49.99.

 

 

13. Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT): Develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Market cap at $318.22B, most recent closing price at $38.16.

 

 

14. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. ( TTWO): Develops, and distributes interactive entertainment software, hardware, and accessories worldwide. Market cap at $1.6B, most recent closing price at $18.05.

 

 

( List compiled by George Tsemberlis, a Kapitall Contributor. All charts provided by Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from Finviz).

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