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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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November 12, 2014
06:04 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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05:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart announces 'New Black Friday' event, holiday pay for associates
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November 11, 2014
16:24 EDTMAMasterCard initiated with a Hold at Topeka
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14:30 EDTJPMBanks to be hit with billions in fines for currency manipulation, Telegraph says
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10:00 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:39 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded on valuation at Keefe Bruyette
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05:47 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette downgraded JPMorgan to Market Perform with a $64 price target.
November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:54 EDTMAVisa, MasterCard could be hurt by new Canadian credit card rules, WSJ says
Canada is preparing to announce broad changes to its code of conduct for the credit- and debit-card industry, which could make it the first country to give merchants the right to reject mobile payments through Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) even if the merchants accept their physical cards, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a draft copy of rules that could be announced this week. Reference Link
15:17 EDTAXP, JPMCFPB may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to propose new rules later this week that will require more disclosure for prepaid debit cards and cracking down on allowing consumers to spend more money on the cards than they have, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The rules come as traditional financial institutions, such as JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have moved into the business and the industry’s biggest players don’t allow overdrafts so it is unclear whether the new rules will dent industry profits, the report said. Green Dot (GDOT) also does not permit overdrafts and Visa (V) recently excluded overdraft abilities in guidelines for its prepaid cards, the report added. Reference Link
15:07 EDTAXPRegulators may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, DJ says
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12:36 EDTWMTAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty,” the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
09:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility increases into Q3 and holiday outlook
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08:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart expectations appear muted heading into earnings, says RW Baird
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08:04 EDTWUWestern Union is poised to break out, says Macquarie
Macquarie's recent management meeting reinforced its view that Western Union is poised to break out as the company continues to benefit from lower than expected compliance costs, which should boost margins. The analyst expects Western Union's scale and lower run rate of compliance costs will generate a strong competitive advantage over smaller money transfer players and banks and for C2C transactions growth and innovative products to drive long-term outlook. Shares are Outperform rated with a $21 price target.
06:53 EDTUSBBank of America, U.S. Bancorp settle bond trustee class action, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTUSB, JPMRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:18 EDTJPMUBS to settle misconduct allegations at precious metals trading unit, FT reports
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November 9, 2014
18:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart to focus on food safety in China, Reuters says
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16:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart China sales impacted by country's austerity program, WSJ says
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