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December 26, 2012
07:09 EDTWMT, MA, GPS, TGT, SKSHoliday sales show slow growth, WSJ reports
For the eight weeks from October 28 through Christmas Eve, retail sales for the holidays increased just 0.7% from a year ago, according to MasterCardís (MA) SpendingPulse unit, the slowest growth in spending since the 2008 recession, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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March 3, 2015
14:53 EDTTGTTarget sees $2B savings on expenses, cost of goods over next two years
14:43 EDTTGTTarget says while Food is not 'key' category, it plays a key role in Wellness
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14:43 EDTTGTTarget says focusing on Style, Baby, Kids, Wellness categories
Comment made at Target's 2015 Financial Community Meeting.
10:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:28 EDTGPSGap upgraded to Outperform with $48 target at FBR Capital
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08:18 EDTMAMasterCard partners with Egyptian government to extend financial services
The Government of Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and MasterCard announced the details of a recent Memorandum of Understanding that will aim to extend financial services to 54M Egyptians. As part of the agreement, MasterCard will work with the government to roll out a digital ID program that links citizensí national ID to the existing national mobile money platform, allowing Egyptians to participate in the formal electronic economy.
07:49 EDTTGTTarget to revamp grocery unit, WSJ says
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07:14 EDTGPSGap upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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07:09 EDTTGT, WMTBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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March 2, 2015
11:16 EDTTGTTarget to hold a meeting
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09:54 EDTTGTTarget March weekly volatility elevated into financial community meeting
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09:03 EDTMAU.S. Bancorp announces working with Samsung mobile payment service
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08:11 EDTMACapital One slips after Costco enters co-brand card pact with Visa, Citi
Shares of Capital One (COF) are slipping in pre-market trading after Costco Wholesale (COST) announced it has entered into a new co-brand credit card program agreement with Citi (C) and an acceptance and co-brand incentive agreement with Visa (V). The Fly notes that on February 12 American Express (AXP) announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco are set to end on March 31, 2016. On October 1 of last year, MasterCard Canada (MA) entered into an agreement with Costco Canada to open credit card acceptance to MasterCard cardholders. In addition, Capital One rolled out a new cobranded MasterCard credit card with Costco Canada at that time, which may have led some to speculate that Capital One and MasterCard could have the inside track for a U.S. deal with Costco. In pre-market trading, Capital One shares slid 0.56% to $78.27 and MasterCard shares slipped fractionally lower to $90.
08:06 EDTMAMasterCard announces global partnership with Cubic Transportation Systems
MasterCard (MA) announced a global partnership with Cubic Transportation Systems (CUB), a provider for smart city solutions across North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. The alliance is designed to help the millions of daily commuters around the world experience faster, more convenient and personalized ways to get around, tapping into the power of their mobile devices. The partnership will help accelerate the conversion of the currently $200B cash payments into digital payments, saving operators cost for cash-handling and speeding up through-put.
March 1, 2015
16:37 EDTMASamsung Pay will enable MasterCard
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) has unveiled Samsung Pay, a mobile payment service that will enable MasterCard (MA) cardholders to use their Samsung Galaxy S6 for everyday in-store purchases. The company added, "MasterCard built the foundation for secure digital transactions, so consumers can use their cards when, where and how they want. Samsung Pay delivers a seamless and secure mobile payment experience that will work at both contactless-enabled and most traditional point of sale terminals. For consumers and merchants alike, that means that every purchase made with a MasterCard using a Samsung Galaxy S6 will offer the enhanced security, benefits and guarantees of a digital MasterCard transaction including the latest tokenization technology. Owners of the new device will be able to use their MasterCard credit and debit cards from participating banks directly through Samsung Pay."
February 27, 2015
16:22 EDTGPSStocks have another winning week after Greek deal, Yellen reassurance
Stocks ended higher this week after the euro zone sealed its deal to extend Greece's bailout and Fed chair Janet Yellen reiterated that the central bank would take a patient approach to raising interest rates. MACRO NEWS: Last Friday afternoon, Greece reached a framework deal with its euro zone partners to extend its bailout by four months, contingent on a reform proposal being accepted. The proposals were accepted by the EU early this week... In testimony before Congress, Janet Yellen reiterated that the Federal Reserve can remain patient in deciding when to hike interest rates... U.S. economic data was mixed, as the Q4 GDP growth revision, durable goods orders for January, and an index of consumer sentiment beat expectations, but weekly jobless claims and existing home sales for January missed expectations... Somewhat positive economic data came out of China, as the flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index was 50.1, representing a four month high. However, China's export orders declined at the fastest rate in 20 months. COMPANY NEWS: Drug maker Valeant (VRX) agreed to buy Salix (SLXP), which develops gastrointestinal products, for $158 per share. In another development on the M&A front, Bloomberg reported that HP (HPQ) is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), which provides Wi-Fi products. Additionally, PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) rose after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN)... Solar energy company SunPower (SPWR) was one of this week's big winners after its quarterly results topped expectations, and the company announced that it's in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar also rallied after the news... Among the noteworthy losers this week was Lumber Liquidators (LL), after the company reported Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations. The flooring retailer also warned on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light and disclosed in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act... Companies that rose after reporting their quarterly results included Home Depot (HD) and Gap (GPS), while HP, TASER (TASR), and J.C. Penney (JCP) dropped after reporting their results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.04% to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq was up 0.15% to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 was down 0.27% to 2,104.50.
16:14 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower for the day, but still rose for the week and the month of February. The market moved in a narrow range for most of today's session despite a host of economic reports that were released earlier in the day. In spite of today's modest declines, the market put the finishing touches on one of its best months ever, with the Dow and S&P posting their best monthly rises since October 2011 and the Nasdaq notching its best month since 1998. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department estimated GDP grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the last quarter of 2014, which is weaker than the 2.6% rate first estimated last month, but above the consensus forecast for the GDP growth rate to be cut to 2%. The Chicago PMI fell 13.6 points to 45.8 in February, which was much worse than the expected reading of 58.0. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment final February print came in at 95.4, which is a little better that the 93.6 preliminary February print and above the consensus forecast for a 94.0 reading. The pending home sales index bounced 1.7% to 104.2 in January, versus expectations for it to be up 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Two notable retailers moved in opposite directions following their quarterly reports, as Gap (GPS) rose and J.C. Penney fell. Gap gained $1.23, or 3.05%, to $41.60 after the company reported fourth quarter earnings that beat expectations. The owner of Old Navy, Banana Republic and its flagship nameplate also announced a $1B share repurchase program and plans to increase its dividend. J.C. Penney, meanwhile, reported earnings that missed expectations and gave a 2015 gross margin outlook that disappointed some analysts and its shares slid 62c, or 6.8%, to $8.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which jumped $16.38, or 13.13%, to $141.12 after the energy drink maker's fourth quarter results surpassed analystsí consensus estimates and announced plans to expand distribution with Coca-Cola (KO) bottlers into additional territories. Among the noteworthy losers was Weight Watchers (WTW), which dropped $6.23, or 35.48%, to $11.33 after reporting lower than expected quarterly revenues and issuing a worse than expected profit forecast for its new fiscal year. Also lower were shares of Southwestern Energy (SWN), which fell $1.27, or 4.82%, to $25.08 after becoming the latest oil production company to lower its 2015 capital expenditure forecast. INDEXES: The Dow fell 81.72, or 0.45%, to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq lost 24.36, or 0.49%, to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 declined 6.24, or 0.3%, to 2,104.50.
15:29 EDTMAMasterCard recommends rejection of 'mini-tender' offer from TRC Capital
MasterCard announced that it has been notified of an unsolicited "mini-tender" offer dated February 25, 2015, made by TRC Capital, a private Canadian investment company, to purchase up to 1.5M shares of MasterCard's common stock, less than one fifth of 1% of the outstanding shares of common stock. TRC Capital's unsolicited "mini-tender" offer price of $88.50 per share is approximately 4.5% below the $92.67 per share closing price of MasterCard's common stock on February 25, the last trading day prior to the commencement of the offer. MasterCard is not affiliated in any way with TRC Capital, the offer, or the offer documentation. MasterCard recommends against shareholders tendering shares in response to this unsolicited offer.
12:54 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:12 EDTGPSGap rises after Q4 earnings top forecast, capital return plans announced
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