Geoff Gannon September 26, 2007

Interesting Items for Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Nintendo (NTODY) was mentioned in today’s Wall Street Journal, as its soaring stock price has recently given it the second largest market cap in Japan (for now).

You may remember I wrote about Nintendo a little over a year ago. All of the information in that post is out of date – but, if you like opening time capsules, feel free to have a look.

I was generally positive on the company, but (as you’ll see below) I concluded with something far short of a clear endorsement of the stock. You would have done best to disregard my closing remarks; the stock has performed extraordinarily well since I wrote that piece. Here’s how I ended things last year:

So, if you are comfortable with Nintendo’s position in handheld gaming and you truly believe in both the company and the Wii, shares of Nintendo would be a reasonable long-term investment at this price. However, even considering the large amount of cash and securities on the balance sheet relative to Nintendo’s market cap, Nintendo isn’t a “value” style purchase based on past performance alone. Buying shares at the current price is a bet on a brighter future.

While I like Nintendo’s future prospects, it’s usually safer to bet against a revolution. So, I’d have to say Nintendo is a very interesting business that’s priced a bit too high to be a very interesting investment.

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