Here’s What to Expect From These Gaming Bigwigs

Electronic ArtsBeleaguered video-game publisher Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) surprised investors on Thursday with a bottom-line beat in its fourth-quarter earnings report. Shares headed into the closing bell up 4.3 percent for the day, adding to an upward trend that began at the end of July.

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The company reported earnings of $0.57 per share, barely edging ahead of expectations of $0.56 per share. However, revenue fell 13.1 percent to $922 million. The results, while mixed, were widely viewed as a positive sign for the company. Economic and industry headwinds have been blowing hard recently, and guidance for 2013 is coming in low.

EA is forecasting revenue in a range between $3.78 and $3.88 billion, a decrease from a previous guidance of $4.05 to $4.20 billion. Earnings guidance was also revised down, from between $1.00 to $1.15 per share to $0.86 to $1.00 per share. This reflects expected volatility related to the rollover of console generations, as well as general softness in the industry…