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December 17, 2012
08:37 EDTDFSDiscover November delinquency rate 1.84% vs. 1.84% last month
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February 11, 2016
11:17 EDTDFSCredit card stocks downgraded on fears about weakening economy
Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded its ratings on several credit card networks today, citing "palpable anxiety" about the U.S. economy. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Kenneth Bruce downgraded Visa (V), MasterCard (MA), Capital One (COF) and Discover (DFS) to Neutral from Buy. Bruce said that he is less optimistic that the stocks can rebound quickly from their recent declines given investors' worries about the U.S. economy. Moreover, although U.S. consumers are currently "in a generally decent financial position," that could change if the economy slows significantly, the analyst believes. In the face of that risk, the valuations of the credit card networks will probably stay at the lower end of their normal ranges, Bruce forecast. He cut his price target on Visa to $75 from $85, on MasterCard to $92 from $105, on Capital One to $66 from $88 and on Discover to $48 from $60. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Visa fell 3.8% to $67.50, MasterCard lost 2.2% to $81.50, Capital One declined 3.6% to $59.60 and Discover slumped over 5% to $43.30.
10:01 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Apollo Investment (AINV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Caesarstone (CSTE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Neutral on potential US slow-down at BofA/Merrill... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded at Stifel... E.ON AG (EONGY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... Flowers Foods (FLO) downgraded on disappointing results at SunTrust... HCP (HCP) downgraded at Stifel... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... MasterCard (MA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Matrix Service (MTRX) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Prospect Capital (PSEC) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... RWE AG (RWEOY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sotheby's (BID) downgraded on weak art market at Stifel... SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Sunrun (RUN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Synovus (SNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenaris (TS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Visa (V) downgraded to Neutral on possible US slow-down at BofA/Merrill... W.P. Carey (WPC) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Capital One... Wendy's (WEN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
08:27 EDTDFSDiscover downgraded to Neutral on potential US slow-down at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Discovery to Neutral from Buy. Analyst Kenneth Bruce said US consumers are in a decent financial position, but may be at risk of a material domestic slow-down, which could pressure valuations. The analyst thinks Discovery valuation will be discounted until macro visibility improves and lowered his price target to $48 from $60 on shares.
06:42 EDTDFSDiscover downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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January 29, 2016
07:31 EDTDFSBank, financial stocks look cheap, says Oppenheimer
After an index of bank stocks fell 19% since last summer, versus an 8% decline for the S&P, Oppenheimer says that "the group looks cheap." The firm says that banks' balance sheets will remain strong whether the economy is resilient or enters a downturn. The firm says that the banks' Q4 results were stable, and it expects the group to benefit from steady loan growth and slightly rising NIMs in 2016. Oppenheimer continues to recommend Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Discover (DFS), and Fifth Third (FITB)

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