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January 2, 2013
06:33 EDTBMPI, WU, AXP, DFS, WMT, JPM, MA, USBPrepaid debit card market in U.S. attracts many players, Bloomberg reports
The fast-growing U.S. market for prepaid debit cards is attracting a number of new players, as firms angle to sell more cards, part of the financial services business that holds as much as $1.7B in potential fees for banks seeking new revenue streams, reports Bloomberg. One firm, BillMyParents (BMPI) signed teen star Justin Bieber as a pitchman, while other up and comers, including a firm catering to recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, are stepping up with their own products. Reference Link
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19:02 EDTAXPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:47 EDTAXPAmerican Express sees marketing expenses increasing 'substantially' in 2H
Comment from Q2 earnings call.
16:37 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 personal loan net charge-off rate up 15 points to 2.1%
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16:35 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 card 30+ day delinquency rate down 8 points to 1.55%
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16:34 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 net charge-offs up 3% to $347M due to loan growth
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16:32 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 card net charge-offs down 5 points to 2.28%
Net charge-off rate for credit card loans decreased 5 basis points from the prior year to 2.28% and the delinquency rate for loans over 30 days past due decreased 8 basis points to 1.55%.
16:30 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 Basel III CET1 capital ratio 14.5%
Reports Q2 Basel III Tier 1 capital ratio 15.3%. Reports Q2 fully phased-in Basel III CET1 capital ratio 14.4%. Data provided in Q2 earnings presentations slides within a regulatory filing.
16:08 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 Payment Services transaction dollar volume down 7% to $47.5B
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16:08 EDTAXPAmerican Express sees substantial increase in investment in 2H
"We continue to see opportunities across the company and this quarter marked the initial stage of a ramp up in investment spending on growth initiatives. As planned, we expect to increase our investments substantially in the second half of the year. Our focus will be on: acquiring new Card Members; gaining additional business from consumer, small business and middle market customers; expanding our presence internationally; growing our merchant network; building our loyalty coalition business; and introducing new digital capabilities," said the company.
16:07 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 EPS $1.33, consensus $1.32
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16:07 EDTAXPAmerican Express Q2 ROI 28.1% vs. 28.8 % last year
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16:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q2 EPS $1.42, consensus $1.32
Reports Q2 revenue $8.28B, consensus $8.46B.
15:26 EDTDFS, AXPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 95... American Express (AXP), consensus $1.32... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 65c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 61c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.06... Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.32... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus $1.11... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 33c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.56... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 54c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus (12c)... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.60... United Rentals (URI), consensus $1.74... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 9c... LaSalle Hotel (LHO), consensus 89c... Oceaneering International (OII), consensus 68c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 62c.
15:01 EDTMA, AXPEarnings Watch: American Express reports after several 'top pick' mentions
American Express (AXP) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. American Express is a global financial services company specializing in credit card and pre-paid card products and services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.32 on revenue of $8.46B. The consensus range is $1.23-$1.41 for EPS and $8.29B-$9.01B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, American Express reported first quarter EPS of $1.48 against expectations for $1.37, and revenue of $7.95B versus estimates of $8.21B. The company reported ROE of 29% and guided towards flat to modestly down FY15 EPS as it ramps investments to offset the March 2016 expiration of its Costco (COST) partnership. NEWS: On May 12, American Express authorized the repurchase of up to 150M company shares while also raising its dividend 12% to 29c per share. During the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on May 28, company executives remarked that a "range" of co-brand deals would be coming up for American Express, adding that the loss of the Costco contract was not the "be-all, end-all" for the company. On June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed a prior ruling that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa (V) or Mastercard (MA). STREET RESEARCH: On April 27, Nomura downgraded American Express to Neutral from Buy, citing minimal upside to 2015 and 2016 estimates amid a lack of near-term catalysts. Meanwhile, Bernstein upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform on May 6. On May 18, Deutsche Bank reiterated a Buy rating and $90 price target on American Express shares, saying it sees a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity through the "Plenti" loyalty program coalition. On June 2, Bernstein said it expects credit card volumes to grow 10%-12% annually over the next five years, adding that American Express, Capital One (COF) and Synchrony Financial (SYF) are its favorites in the sector. Following meetings with American Express executives, Citi called American's risk/reward ratio "attractive" on June 4, and on July 8, Deutsche Bank said it was positive on credit card stocks going into second quarter earnings, with American Express named a top pick. PRICE ACTION: Shares of American Express are near flat to $78.96 ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
13:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart to end overnight hours at certain stores, Bloomberg reports
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12:47 EDTDFSDiscover to pay $18.5M in fines related to student loan servicing practices
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10:55 EDTAXPAmerican Express technical notes ahead of results
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08:38 EDTWMTNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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08:32 EDTWUWestern Union, Kroger extend more than 30-year relationship
Western Union (WU) announced the extension of its more than 30-year relationship with The Kroger Co. (KR). This agreement gives customers the ability to send and receive Western Union Money Transfer transactions across the United States or across the globe to more than 200 countries and territories, in minutes. In addition, Customers can purchase money orders and pay their bills at more than 2,300 Kroger Family of Store locations across 34 states.
06:09 EDTJPM4 arrested men suspected of JPMorgan hacking, NYT reports
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