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March 24, 2014
04:55 EDTMITK, MITK, WU, WU, V, V, ACIW, ACIW, FLT, FLT, ADS, ADS, MGI, MGI, TSS, TSS, XOOM, XOOM, PAY, PAY, MA, MABarclays to hold a conference
Emerging Payments Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
News For MA;PAY;XOOM;TSS;MGI;ADS;FLT;ACIW;V;WU;MITK From The Last 14 Days
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April 15, 2015
07:33 EDTADSAlliance Data reports March average receivables up 33% to $10.5B
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05:10 EDTVHP selects Antonio Lucio as Chief Marketing Officer of HP Inc.
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April 14, 2015
18:41 EDTMA, VTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, WSJ says
According to people familiar with the negotiations, Target (TGT) is approaching a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to reimburse financial institutions roughly $20M for costs they incurred from the retailerís massive data breach in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports. Target is negotiating a separate settlement with Visa (V), according to sources, WSJ added. Reference Link
18:17 EDTMATarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, DJ says
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16:36 EDTVVisa announces resignation of Chief Brand Officer Antonio Lucio
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12:09 EDTV, MAAmEx to team up with Jawbone for payments via fitness bands, WSJ reports
American Express is planning to team up with Jawbone to allow AmEx cardholders to make purchases via their fitness bands at certain merchants, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. A source says that the payment mechanism is not expected to be part of Jawbone's UP3, which will begin shipping this month, but will be available on a future offering. It is unclear whether Jawbone will expand the program to accept payments processed by MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). Reference Link
10:37 EDTFLTFleetCor downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman (pre-open)
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10:01 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:02 EDTTSS, MAProPay adds MasterCard MasterPass checkout service
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05:44 EDTPAYVerifone upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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April 9, 2015
09:02 EDTMGIMoneyGram signs new agreement with Haggen
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April 8, 2015
06:30 EDTV, MACapital One remains top card issuer pick at Citigroup
In its preview of Q1 results, Citigroup says Capital One (COF) remains its top pick among the card issuers given the company's "strong" card loan growth, capital return and "reasonable" valuation. Citi keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $95 price target. The firm continues to see a "modestly" improving U.S. consumer, and also has Buy ratings on American Express (AXP), Discover (DFS), MasterCard (MA), Synchrony Financial (SYF) and Visa (V). Citi thinks investor sentiment has become more negative for card issuers around provisioning for loan growth with the group posting mixed stock performance thus far in 2015.
April 7, 2015
11:02 EDTVAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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10:05 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Demandware (DWRE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryanair (RYAAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Total (TOT) upgraded at RBC Capital... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
07:29 EDTPAYVerifone upgraded at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel upgraded Verifone to Buy from Hold. The firm believes that the company's success with EMV terminal upgrades has been underappreciated, and it predicts that stabilizing foreign exchange trends and strong EMV growth will cause the stock to revalue. Target $42.
07:16 EDTVRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmExís margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
06:43 EDTPAYVerifone upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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April 6, 2015
10:02 EDTWUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CONSOL (CNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Magnum Hunter (MHR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... SAP (SAP) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Skyworks (SWKS) downgraded at Stephens... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
09:02 EDTTSS, MABrink's, NetSpend launch Brink's prepaid MasterCard
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07:41 EDTWUWestern Union downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
Susquehanna downgraded Western Union to Neutral based on valuation and said catalysts are now priced in.
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