Holiday cheer for games

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K.C. Ma, who is the director of Sarah George Investments Institute at Stetson University, tells us that two video-game companies that are poised to do well this holiday-shopping season and beyond are Nintendo (OTC: NTDOY [ADR]; Price: $31.63) and Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI; Price: $44.18).

As of press time, Nintendo was expected to make a splash with the December 2016 release of “Super Mario Run” on Apple iOS. Noted analyst Serkan Toto predicts that the game will have 1 billion downloads. (By comparison, “Pokemon Go” had 500 million downloads as of September 2016.)

Meanwhile, as of press time, Activision Blizzard was preparing a November 2016 release of the latest version of its hugely popular Call of Duty franchise, “Infinite Warfare.”

Nintendo has a mean analyst rating of “overweight,” according to Factset Research Systems. Activision Blizzard has a mean “buy” rating, according to Zacks Investment Research.