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December 11, 2012
09:54 EDTAXP, GDOT, WMTGreen Dot rises after firm says company holding its own against Amex
Green Dot (GDOT), which provides prepaid debit cards, is climbing after research firm Piper Jaffray wrote that the company appears to be holding its own against a new competing offering from American Express (AXP). In a note to investors earlier today, Piper analyst Michael Grondahl wrote that the firm's survey of 75 Wal-Mart (WMT) stores indicated that American Express' (AXP) new debit card, Bluebird, is taking a significant amount of market share in only 15% of the stores, the analyst wrote. Forty-five percent of the stores that responded said that Green Dot hadn't lost any ground to American Express, while 40% said that Green Dot has been negatively impacted, but that its debit card is still selling well, the analyst wrote. Grondahl maintained an Overweight rating on Green Dot, which climbed 27c, or 2.19%, to $12.62.
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February 26, 2015
06:46 EDTAXPDeutsche sees American Express as undervalued, upgrades to Buy
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06:23 EDTAXPAmerican Express upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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February 25, 2015
08:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart still pressured by prominent shareholder over pay, Reuters says
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06:53 EDTAXPAmEx to raise interest rates by 2.5% for 1M customers, Bloomberg says
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February 24, 2015
15:54 EDTAXPAmerican Express confirms end of partnership with JetBlue
American Express (AXP) confirmed in a regulatory filing that the company was unable to reach terms to renew its cobrand relationship with JetBlue (JBLU) recently. The Fly notes that Bloomberg first reported on February 13 that JetBlue was ending its agreement with American Express.
12:45 EDTAXPAmerican Express strength an selling opportunity, says Credit Suisse
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07:21 EDTAXPAmerican Express ruling may not have intended effect for consumers, NYT says
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06:39 EDTAXPVisa Europe announces 'tokenisation service'
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06:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico announces retirement of CFO Rafael Matute
Wal-Mart de Mexico announces that its board approved Rafael Matute's decision to retire from the company, after having served for 17 years as CFO, and the appointment of Pedro Farah as the new CFO. The changes will be effective June 1 and Matute will stay until July 31 to help with the transition. Farah is currently CFO of Walmart Latin America.
February 23, 2015
10:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart to host 2015 Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting
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08:36 EDTAXPAmerican Express can ultimately win anti-steering case, says Janney Capital
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February 22, 2015
15:31 EDTWMTMcDonald's under pressure to raise hourly pay as Wal-Mart sets bar, Reuters says
According to labor experts McDonald's (MCD) and its franchisees may be under pressure to raise hourly wages as the improved economic landscape increases competition for good workers and as retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) raises its hourly pay, says Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAXP, WMTDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTWMTOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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13:20 EDTWMTAnalysts divided on Wal-Mart after results, pay raise announcement
Barclays cut its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) this morning after the world's largest retailer reported its quarterly results and gave forward looking guidance yesterday. However, research firm Janney Capital wrote in a note to investors that it believes shares of Wal-Mart will probably outperform going forward, as other retailers are likely to implement wage hikes similar to the one that the giant discounter announced. BACKGROUND: Yesterday Wal-Mart announced that it would raise the wages of all of its employees to at least $10 per hour by February 2016. The company also reported higher than expected fourth quarter profits, excluding certain items, but its Q4 revenue came in below expectations. Moreover, the retailer provided lower than expected profit guidance for its fiscal 2016 and lowered its fiscal 2016 sales growth guidance to 1%-2% from its previous outlook of 2%-4%. Wal-Mart's stock fell significantly yesterday after the quarterly report. ANALYST REACTION: Barclays lowered its rating on Wal-Mart to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped its price target for shares to $85 from $90. The firm says the retailer's investments to improve the shopping experience at its U.S. stores will continue into FY17 and are unlikely to produce near-term benefits. It believes Wal-Mart's Q4 domestic comps were aided by lower gas prices and easy weather comparisons, and notes that weather is unlikely to help in FY16. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst David Strasser said Wal-Mart's stock dropped because of worries about the company's spending and the hit the company took from negative foreign exchange trends. However, other retailers are likely to implement similar wage hikes, causing the entire sector to come under pressure and enabling Wal-Mart's stock to outperform going forward, according to Strasser. Additionally, Wal-Mart is likely to continue to benefit from higher gas prices in Q1, wrote the analyst, who kept an $89 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Wal-Mart added 0.5% to $83.94.
10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart can outperform as peers follow suit on wages, says Janney Capital
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07:20 EDTWMTWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
05:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays cut its rating on Wal-Mart to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped its price target for shares to $85 from $90. The firm says the retailer's investments to improve the shopping experience at its U.S. stores will continue into FY17 and are unlikely to produce near-term benefits. It believes Wal-Mart's Q4 domestic comps were aided by lower gas prices and easy weather comparisons, and notes that weather is unlikely to help in FY16. The stock closed yesterday down $2.77 to $83.52 after Wal-Mart reported Q4 results.
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