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January 23, 2013
07:32 EDTADS, AXPAlliance Data's Canadian business signs agreement with Amex Bank of Canada
Alliance Data announced that its Canadian loyalty business renewed a multi-year agreement with Amex Bank of Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Express Travel Related Services, an operating unit of the American Express.
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September 12, 2014
12:51 EDTADSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The day’s economic data, including retail sales figures, a report on import prices, and business inventories data, were generally in line with expectations. The economic bright spot was the University of Michigan consumer confidence report which came in higher than expected. The market is on the verge of ending the week lower, which would be its first weekly loss in the last seven. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., sales at retailers climbed 0.6% in August, matching expectations but also representing the fastest pace in four months. Retail sales growth for July was also revised upward to 0.3% from a prior estimate of having been flat. Import prices dropped 0.9% in August, while export prices slipped 0.5%. The University of Michigan preliminary consumer sentiment reading for for September rose to 84.6, beating expectations for it to be up more modestly to 83.3. Business inventories grew 0.4% in July, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) were up more than 2% near noon after rumors circulated that Google (GOOG) may look to take a stake in the company. However, an eBay spokesperson denied the speculation, telling Reuters that the company has held "no conversations" with Google about acquiring a stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was digital marketing services company Conversant (CNVR), which soared 30% after Alliance Data Systems (ADS) agreed to acquire it for about $2.3B in cash and stock. Following last night's announcement of the deal, some Conversant peers rose as well, as Criteo (CRTO) gained almost 5% and TubeMogul (TUBE) rose 1%, while Alliance Data gained over 2%. Among the noteworthy losers was Amarin (AMRN), which dropped 22% after an office within the FDA denied the company's appeal of FDA's rescission of the ANCHOR clinical trial Special Protocol Assessment agreement. Also lower were shares of Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which fell 5% after one analyst downgraded the shares and another initiated coverage of the stock with an Underweight rating. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 66.43, or 0.39%, to 16,982.57, the Nasdaq was down 19.83, or 0.43%, to 4,571.97, and the S&P 500 was down 10.28, or 0.51%, to 1,987.17.
09:14 EDTADSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:42 EDTADSRocket Fuel volatility expected to move on Alliance Data acquiring Conversant
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07:14 EDTADSAlliance Data acquisition looks positive, says JMP Securities
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06:53 EDTADSConversant volatility expected to move on Alliance Data acquiring for $2.3B
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06:35 EDTAXPApple getting discounted card fees for Apple Pay, NY Times reports
Banks are charging Apple lower than usual credit card fees for the tech giant's new mobile payment system, according to The New York Times. The banks hope that participating in Apple Pay will enable them to process transactions that aren't currently being paid for with credit cards, the newspaper explained. The banks and credit card networks also hope to use Apple Pay to prevent technologies that don't incorporate banks from becoming popular, The Times reported. Publicly traded credit card networks include American Express (AXP), Capital One (COF), Discover (DFS), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). Publicly traded banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC)..Reference Link
05:39 EDTADSConversant downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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September 11, 2014
18:35 EDTADSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:02 EDTADSConversant soars after Alliance data to acquire company for $2.3B
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16:07 EDTADSAlliance Data to acquire Conversant for $35 per share, or $2.3B
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16:04 EDTADSAlliance Data to acquire Conversant for $35 per share, or $2.3B
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15:34 EDTADSAlliance Data trading halted, pending news
September 10, 2014
08:14 EDTAXPVisa best positioned among card networks for Apple Pay, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Visa (V) is the best positioned to benefit from Apple Pay among credit card networks, as the firm notes that Visa cards were prominently displayed in the demonstrations, that accompanied the launch of the service. The firm thinks that Visa's technology leaves it well-positioned to play a critical role in fostering mobile payments with Apple and potentially others like Google (GOOGL). Pacific Crest adds that Apple Pay is also positive for MasterCard (MA) and American Express (AXP). It keeps an Outperform rating on Visa and Sector Perform ratings on MasterCard and American Express.
08:02 EDTAXPApple Pay positive for Visa, MasterCard and American Express, says BofA/Merrill
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07:31 EDTADSGameStop, Alliance Data announce branded private label credit card program
GameStop Corporation (GME) and Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) announced the introduction of a GameStop-branded private label credit card program. Under the terms of the long-term agreement, Alliance Data’s Retail Services business, which manages more than 135 private label and co-brand credit programs, will deliver a customized loyalty-driven private label credit program designed to further enrich GameStop’s relationship with its more than 28 million members of the successful PowerUp Rewards loyalty program. The new GameStop PowerUp Rewards Credit Card will provide cardholders with convenience and benefits exclusive to account holders, including being able to make purchases with the card in-store and online, promotional financing for larger purchases, online and mobile platform card management and payment services, as well as no annual fee and exclusive offers for savings throughout the year. Upon the opening of an account, PowerUp Rewards Pro members will receive a one-time award of 15,000 bonus points, and PowerUp Rewards Basic members will receive a one-time award of 5,000 bonus points.
September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTAXPApple announces Apple Pay
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07:28 EDTAXPThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
10:17 EDTAXPAmerican Express President says won't comment on press speculation on Apple
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07:24 EDTAXPBarclays to hold a conference
Global Financial Services Conference to be held in New York on September 8-10.
September 5, 2014
07:26 EDTAXPApple strikes transaction fee discount deals, Bank Innovation says
Apple (AAPL) has reached deals with American Express (AXP), JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), and Bank of America (BAC) to lower card transaction fees for its soon to be launched payments venture, said Bank Innovations, citing an earlier report from Tom Noyes and confirmation by its own sources. Apple has both convinced them to consider its transactions as “card present,” which carries a lower discount rate, and has also managed to bump down the actual “card present” rate by 15 to 25 basis points, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the report noted. Reference Link
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