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July 31, 2014
08:51 EDTV, AXP, MAAmerican Express CEO takes stand in antitrust suit, defends practices, WSJ says
American Express (AXP) CEO Kenneth Chenault took the witness stand as part of a lawsuit that the Justice Department filed against the company in 2010 that contends that its rules for merchants inhibit competition with peers Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA), reported The Wall Street Journal, which noted that Chenault stated that the "most damaging thing that can happen to the American Express brand is when our card members are discriminated against at the point of sale" in the company's defense. Reference Link
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January 23, 2015
13:59 EDTMAMasterCard confirms allowance of Cuban transactions with U.S.issued cards
MasterCard confirmed a report saying the company will allow credit card transactions in Cuba. The company will work with its U.S. issuers to support their Cuba-related activities and decisions. Before traveling to Cuba, U.S. cardholders should contact their bank to ensure the card will be supported on the island. Reference Link
13:54 EDTMAMasterCard to allow transactions in Cuba with U.S. cards, Reuters reports
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January 22, 2015
09:16 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:36 EDTMAMasterCard announces opportunity to apply for next edition of Start Path Europe
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January 21, 2015
18:27 EDTAXPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eBay (EBAY), up 2.9%... United Rentals (URI), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Minerva (NERV), up 16.1% after reporting positive Phase 1 data with MIN-202... Endo (ENDP), up 3.1% after it was announced that Endo will replace Covidien in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close... Covidien (COV) is up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: F5 Networks (FFIV), down 15.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 6.1%... Discover Financial Services (DFS), down 3.3%... American Express (AXP), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: BioMarin (BMRN), down 2.5% after filing to sell 7.25M shares of common stock... Kinder Morgan (KMI), down 1.9% after announcing that it will acquire Hiland Partners for approximately $3B and reporting fourth quarter results... Cisco (CSCO), down 1.4% after Bloomberg reported that Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison said that Oracle's new Virtual Compute Appliance is cheaper than Cisco's product.
16:28 EDTAXPAmerican Express plans several thousand job cuts this year, Bloomberg says
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16:17 EDTAXPAmerican Express down 1.5% after Q4 earnings report
16:12 EDTAXPAmerican Express plans to cut 'several thousand' jobs, Bloomberg says
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16:08 EDTAXPAmerican Express says Q4 reflects $719M gain on sale of investment in Concur
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16:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q4 EPS $1.39, consensus $1.38
Reports Q4 revenue net of interest expense $9.11B, consensus $8.53B.
15:27 EDTAXPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
15:17 EDTAXPAmerican Express January weekly 87 straddle priced for 2.2% movement into Q4
15:03 EDTAXPEarnings Preview: American Express to report results amid upbeat credit trends
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13:40 EDTAXPAmerican Express technical notes ahead of results
The shares have been trading largely in a range of $85 to $95 for the past year with the exception of the market dip last October. A breakout above $95 or a breakdown below $85 may therefore be important for gauging how shares will trade post-earnings. At the current price of $87.29, the $85 level is close by and on a disappointment may well best tested. Support below $85 is at $82.86 and $81.35. On a positive surprise, it would be a stretch for the stock to make it above the top of the range at $95 in one step. A failure to break out above $95 would leave the shares range-bound, but potentially with a new range, higher, low. Resistance levels to watch as potential upside objective are at $90.90, $93.30, and $95. On an extreme positive surprise a test of the 52-week high at $96.24 could take place. A breakdown below $85 would be longer-term bearish for price.
13:38 EDTVEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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January 20, 2015
11:58 EDTAXPAmerican Express volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
American Express January weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, February is at 27, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 21.
09:44 EDTV, MASupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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January 16, 2015
09:44 EDTMAUSA Technologies enters pact with MasterCard
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January 15, 2015
12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports December write-off rate 1.3% vs. 1.4% last month
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January 14, 2015
07:28 EDTMAMasterCard announces global partnership with Masabi
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