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Price Wars: The Latest Noteworthy Markdown

These days it seems just about everybody is slashing prices. And the latest markdown might leave you head over heels!

Or lost in the jungle. Or driving ridiculously fast on a world class race track. Or playing dozens of other video game favorites.

As of Friday, Microsoft will drop the price of its top-tier Xbox 360 video game console by $100 to $299.99. That’s a 25% cut.

However, the more accessibly priced Xbox Arcade model will stay at $199.99, and Microsoft will phase out its mid-range Xbox Pro model, leaving it with two models.

Why cut the price?

According to Microsoft spokesman Shane Kim, the move is aimed at attracting new buyers.

“We’re all about bringing as many people as we can to Xbox,” he tells Fast Money. “And we’re entering the very important holiday season and we want to provide more value.”

Although Microsoft says the move has little to do with rivalry, it’s well worth noting Sony made a similar move already on its Playstation 3 console.

And now analysts say the cuts could pressure Nintendo to lower the price of its best-selling Wii console, which retails for $249, but for now the company is standing firm.

So, who wins?

Since PS3, Xbox and other consoles are increasingly centerpieces of home entertainment, their sales can spark purchases of software, accessories and other items boosting traffic at retailers such as Wal-Mart or GameStop .

Beyond console sales, the cuts could provide a lift to the broader gaming industry. Indeed, game publishers like Activision Blizzard have clamored for price cuts, which often boost sales of software.

And while the unit that runs Xbox is a small part of Microsoft's overall sales -- at about 11 percent -- it is the company's biggest weapon in the battle to control entertainment in the living room.

What's the trade?

If Microsoft gets above $25, I'm a buyer, says Joe Terranova.

I wouldn't wait for $25, I'm a buyer of Microsoft at current levels, adds Pete Najarian.

If you want to take a flyer I'd trade it with Electronic Arts, counsels Guy Adami.



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