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April 15, 2014
06:53 EDTMA, AMZN, V, AXPAmazon.com rejects bitcoin, doesn't rule out payment network, Re/code says
Amazon.com (AMZN) doesn't plan to accept bitcoin as payment, but does not rule out eventually building a payment network to compete with major credit card companies, according to Re/code. Major credit card networks include American Express (AXP), Visa (V), and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
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May 20, 2015
10:00 EDTV, MAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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07:36 EDTMA, VMasterCard Visa risk/reward positive, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V) offer secular growth, defensiveness, and cash generation. The firm says the companies have "compelling business models" and modest risk. Moreover, the firm believes that the stocks offer opportunity, as it expects investors' concerns about disruption, regulation and growth to dissipate.
May 19, 2015
16:51 EDTV, VVisa initiated with an Outperform at CLSA
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16:50 EDTMA, MAMasterCard initiated with an Outperform at CLSA
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11:52 EDTAMZNDepartures raises concerns of Google's commitment to ecommerce, Re/code says
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09:03 EDTMAMasterCard announces launch of MasterCard Send
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07:32 EDTV, AXP, MAPacific Crest shifts preference to MasterCard, upgrades to buy
Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard (MA) from Visa (V) and upgraded the stock to Overweight from Sector Weight. Beck believes interchange legislation in Europe may have an unintended consequence of benefiting global open-loop payment networks, favoring both MasterCard and Visa. The changes are also positive for eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and mixed for American Express (AXP), Beck tells investors today in a research note. He points out his preference for MasterCard relative to Visa follows the latter company's outperformance over the past year. Beck has a $110 price target for MasterCard shares. The stock closed yesterday down 14c to $93.08.
05:59 EDTMAMasterCard upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest
May 18, 2015
14:34 EDTMAMasterCard set to receive antitrust complaint from EU, Bloomberg says
Regulators from European Union are set to issue an antitrust complaint against Master Card on card-payment fees, says Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. European regulators may send the credit card giant a statement of objections before the end of July, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
14:04 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart sees Q1 EPS 95c-$1.10, U.S. SSS up 1%-2%
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12:09 EDTAXPAmerican Express management to meet with Guggenheim
Meeting to be held in New York on May 20 hosted by Guggenheim.
11:47 EDTAMZNAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
07:46 EDTAXPAmerican Express has $850M revenue opportunity with Plenti, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates the coalition loyalty/rewards program Plenti represents a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity for American Express (AXP) over the next 3-5 years. Earnings accretion will take time, but returns on equity are likely "very high," Deutsche says in a research note. The firm believes Plenti is an example of how Amex is leveraging its strengths to mitigate the loss of Costco (COST). It thinks Plenti's next program supplier needs to be a grocery chain, and pegs Whole Foods (WFM) as a good candidate. Deutsche keeps a Buy rating on American Express with a $90 price target.
07:27 EDTMAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 15, 2015
16:32 EDTV, MABerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports April net write-off rate 1.5% vs. 1.5% last month
Reports April 30 days past due loans 0.9% vs. 1.0% last month.
09:03 EDTMAU.S. Bank, REI renew mutli-year contract
U.S. Bank (USB) announces the long-term renewal of its co-brand partnership with REI and the launch of the new REI World MasterCard. Under the agreement, the new REI co-branded credit cards will offer members more opportunities to earn through everyday purchases. The card portfolio will be converted to MasterCard (MA) with EMV chip-card technology, better protecting members from card-present counterfeit fraud.
May 14, 2015
18:55 EDTAMZNAmazon in talks to expand Prime product selection, Re/code says
Amazon is in talks with select merchants to include products in the Prime two-day shipping program without requiring them to be stored in Amazon warehouses, reports Re/code, citing multiple people familiar with the program. The report notes that Amazon previously required that all Prime products be stored in the company's own warehouses, indicating that the move is a concession to sellers in exchange for improving the Prime experience. Reference Link
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