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Zynga checks out of real-money gaming; investors flee

Written By Musisi Kaltim on Friday, July 26, 2013 | 7:02 AM

Zynga Corporation shares are likely to open 19 percent lower on Friday following a maker of "FarmVille" mentioned it could abandon plans legitimate-money gaming within the united states . States, compelling no less than three brokers to reduce their cost targets round the stock.

Many traders own the stock only since they trust the opportunity of real-money gambling, mentioned Macquarie (USA) Stocks Research experts Ben Schachter, John Merrick and Tom White-colored. Macquarie cut its target for your stock to $2.75 from $3.00.

Zynga's gambling efforts started this year in the uk, but gambling with actual money is illegal in several U.S. states. Seeking permission would tie Zynga in controlling knots.

The business has up to year of unpredictability ahead, Zynga Leader Don Mattrick informed on Thursday within the first public comments since altering founder Mark Pincus as leader about this summer time 1.

Zynga lost forty percent of the monthly active clients inside the second quarter. Revenue fell about twenty percent.

"Within our opinion, by exiting RMG (real-money gaming) the business has removed many of the possibility upside for your stock," Needham & Co experts written in the note and downgraded the stock to "hold" from "buy."

Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson mentioned staying away from RMG licenses within the united states . States may be the best decision, nevertheless it will turn away several traders.

Zynga shares closed at $3.50 on Thursday round the Nasdaq. (Verifying by Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore Editing by Joyjeet Das)


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