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October 8, 2012
08:17 EDTGDOT, AXP, WMT, NTSPGreen Dot drops after AmEx, Wal-Mart reach card deal
Shares of Green Dot (GDOT) are down sharply in pre-market trading after American Express (AXP) entered the prepaid card market via a partnership with Wal-Mart (WMT). American Express and Wal-Mart announced this morning the launch of prepaid card Bluebird in more than 4,000 Walmart stores. Green Dot, a provider of prepaid debit cards, is seeing its stock fall with American Express emerging as a competitor. Shares of Green Dot are down 15.8%, or $2.03, to $10.82 in pre-market trading, while another prepaid card provider, NetSpend (NTSP), is down 2.3% to $10.50.
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September 15, 2014
16:32 EDTGDOTGreen Dot initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
Target $17.
12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports August write-off rate 1.5% vs. 1.5% last month
Reports August 30 days past due loans 0.9% vs. 0.9% last month.
09:59 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Realty (ARCP) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Athlon Energy (ATHL) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Capital Product (CPLP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Continental Resources (CLR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Costco (COST) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... NRG Yield (NYLD) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Solutions (PSIX) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Team (TISI) initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi... Wal-Mart (WMT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Winnebago (WGO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital.
06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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September 14, 2014
12:15 EDTAXPAmerican Express could rise almost 30%, Barron's says
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September 12, 2014
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
05:51 EDTWMTStocks with implied volatility movement; XHB WMT
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September 11, 2014
12:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart to sell iPhones below suggested prices, Cnet reports
Wal-Mart will begin taking preorders for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for $179 and $29 respectivelytomorrow, and customers who pre-order the iPhnoes will also receive a $15 e-gift card from Wal-Mart, Cnet reported last night. Apple had said it was selling the iPhones for $199 and $299. Reference Link
07:13 EDTWMTSome retailers wary of Apple Pay platform, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) Pay's success is dependent on incorporating more large retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) into the service, but both retailers recently ceased accepting payments using NFC terminals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman. Shelman said, "At this point we have no plans to accept Apple Pay." Reference Link
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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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
08:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks lower rent, more control with China mall, China Daily says
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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
September 3, 2014
11:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico scales back 2014 store expansion plans, WSJ says
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10:00 EDTGDOTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTGDOTGreen Dot downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Green Dot (GDOT) to Underperform given ongoing Walmart (WMT) renegotiations, industry pricing pressure, and potential additional regulatory scrutiny.
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