Thursday, September 13, 2012

Two Tech News: Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) & Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU)

Glu Mobile set for growth

Mobile gaming company Glu Mobile Inc.(NASDAQ:GLUU) has been given a ‘Buy’ rating by B. Riley and Co. with a target of $6.5. With its focus now on smartphones and tablets, the company is “well positioned for the rapid adoption of Apple and Android devices” according to analyst Eric Wold.

He further writes in his report, “"Under new management, the company has correctly shifted its model towards smart devices while adjusting its game development cycle to lessen risk and game failures.”

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The problems in rival company Zynga have rubbed off on Glu, with the latter’s shares not performing. Shares of Zynga, the company which designs games for Facebook, mobile devices as well as its own website, have seen an erosion of 70 percent of their value at the time of the December IPO.

 "Big Time Gangsta," ''Blood & Glory," ''Bug Village," ''Bombshells: Hell's Belles" and "Contract Killer: Zombies" are some of the games made by Glu.

Shares of GLUU fell 3% to $4.76 after surging 1.50% in the previous trading session.

Nokia Siemens initiates employee discussions on job cuts

Meanwhile, Nokia Corporation (ADR)(NYSE:NOK) Siemens Networks has begun to discuss the issue of job cuts with employees in Finland. 400 jobs are expected to be slashed in the country. The trimming down is part of the company’s plans to rationalize operations.

Last year, the company had said that it will shed a quarter of its work force, or 17,000 jobs. This would result in savings of $1.3 billion by end of next year.

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The wireless network is a joint venture between Finland’s Nokia and Germany’s Siemens AG and provides infrastructure for running mobile and fixed line networks. It has been struggling due to the severe competition in the network infrastructure space.
The Espoo based company operates in 150 countries and has 6200 employees in Finland.
Shares of NOK soared 5.30% to $2.90.

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