Barron’s, By Sarah E. Needleman | May 5th, 2015 (Read article)

Electronic Arts Inc. is expected to report earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31 after the close of trading Tuesday. With the exception of those infrequent years when new video game consoles are released, the post-holiday quarter tends to be quiet.

Still, EA’s stock since Christmas has climbed about 23% to just shy of $60, more than double the price of rivals Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive Software . Analysts attribute EA’s strong performance to cost-cutting and rising sales of digital goods, which provide higher margins.

Here are the key points to look for in the earnings: