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News For MA;SKS;GPS;WMT;TGT From The Last 14 Days
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October 30, 2014
18:02 EDTMAVisa, MasterCard near to lowering processing fees in Canada, WSJ says
Reflecting the influence that merchants have gained with the government, Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) are close to lowering processing fees paid by Canadian merchants, says the Wall Street Journal. It is still unclear if the credit card companies would be voluntarily lowering their fees or if the government, which seeks to bolster small businesses, will be forcing the move, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
17:10 EDTMAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street advanced, with a strong move higher from Visa (V) after its earnings report accounting for more than 100 points of the Dow's increase. The Nasdaq, which lagged all day, eventually moved off its lows and closed in positive territory as well. The New York Stock Exchange notified customers of a problem at 1:40 p.m., saying there was a “critical issue” and it was “experiencing issues publishing and receiving trades and quotes.” Ten minutes later, it sent a new alert saying the system was “processing trades and quotes normally.” ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., GDP grew 3.5% in the third quarter, topping the consensus forecast for 3.1% growth. Initial jobless claims rose 3K to 287K in the week ended October 25, which was narrowly above the 285K consensus estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of credit card networks Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) are rising after both companies reported stronger than expected results. Visa, which also authorized a new $5B share repurchase program and was upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital, advanced $21.99, or 10.24%, to $236.65, while MasterCard gained $7.14, or 9.4%, to $83.13... Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook publicly acknowledged in an essay published by Bloomberg Businessweek that he is gay. Cook noted that he feels "if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Bristol-Myers (BMY), which advanced $4.82, or 8.9%, to $58.98 after the company announced data for a trial of its Opdivo drug in certain lung cancer patients that a doctor involved in the study called "encouraging." Also higher was Omeros (OMER), which rose $4.99, or 43.09%, to $16.57 after the company announced it has received transitional pass-through status for its lead product, Omidria, from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Among the noteworthy losers was Glu Mobile (GLUU), which fell 92c, or 20.31%, to $3.61 after the game maker reported Q3 EPS that beat consensus but non-GAAP revenue that missed expectations. Also lower were shares of beauty products provider Avon (AVP), which fell 99c, or 9.03%, to $9.97 after its third quarter report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 221.11, or 1.3%, to 17,195.42, the Nasdaq gained 16.91, or 0.37%, to 4,566.14, and the S&P 500 added 12.35, or 0.62%, to 1,994.65.
13:49 EDTMAVisa, MasterCard have room to rise, Barron's says
Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) both reported better than expected results and moved sharply higher on the session. Despite the advance, they still have room to run higher as both companies are actively repurchasing shares, growing rapidly, and maintain a virtual duopoly in the credit card market, Barron's reports. Reference Link
12:59 EDTMAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:43 EDTWMTWal-Mart to close 30 underperforming stores in Japan
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12:03 EDTMAChina signals easier restrictions on foreign credit cards, WSJ says
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11:44 EDTMAVisa, MasterCard advance after results beat expectations
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09:34 EDTMAMasterCard CEO says first few weeks of Apple Pay 'very encouraging'
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09:30 EDTMAMasterCard still sees net revenue CAGR 11%-14% in FY13-FY15
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09:28 EDTMAMasterCard says most business drivers up in October versus Q3
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09:27 EDTMAMasterCard says FY14 net revenue growth view now 'slightly better' than prior
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09:19 EDTMAMasterCard CEO says mobile strategy is to work with 'all players'
MasterCard (MA) CEO Ajaypal Banga says that while the company has worked closely with Apple (AAPL) on Apple Pay, which has garnered significant attention, that the company's strategy for mobile payments will be to work with "all players" to make it as easy as possible for all MasterCard customers.
09:14 EDTMAMasterCard CEO says nothing new to report on European legislation
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09:14 EDTMAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Visa (V), up 4%... MasterCard (MA), up 2.5%... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), up 12.5%... TASER (TASR), up 4%... JDSU (JDSU), up 3.8%... Radian Group (RDN), up 9%... DreamWorks Animation (DWA), up 1.7%... Take-Two (TTWO), up 7.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Grand Canyon (LOPE), up 10.5%, upgraded at Piper Jaffray after the company formed a committee to explore conversion to a nonprofit entity... Walter Energy (WLT), up 6.8% after lowering FY14 capital expenditures view, reporting lower than expected losses... Novavax (NVAX), up 7% after getting fast track designation for H7N9 VLP. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), down 16.6%... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), down 18.4%... Pacira (PCRX), down 6.4%. ALSO LOWER: Sturm, Ruger (RGR), down 10% following Q3 results, cutting Q3 dividend. Peer gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC) also down 3.7% after Ruger's report... Western Gas Partners (WES), down 4.4% after its 7.5M common units spot secondary priced at $70.85... ACCO Brands (ACCO), down 1.1%, downgraded at KeyBanc following the company's Q3 results... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 1.1% after reported to be recalling over 300K Ram trucks due to fire concern... Inogen (INGN), down 2.3% after 2.1M share secondary offering of common stock priced at $21.50.
08:54 EDTTGT, WMTWal-Mart considers matching online prices from Amazon for holidays, WSJ says
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08:03 EDTMAMasterCard reports Q3 EPS 87c, consensus 78c
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06:47 EDTMAVisa projects mobile payments will boost growth, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTWMTMajor merchant group could accept NFC technology, NY Times says
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06:04 EDTWMTMCX says unauthorized parties obtained email addresses of CurrentC participants
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October 29, 2014
18:59 EDTMAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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15:41 EDTMANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:04 EDTMAEarnings Preview: MasterCard to report after mixed competitor results
MasterCard (MA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market opens on October 30, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 AM ET. MasterCard is a credit card network. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 78c on revenue of $2.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 76c-81c on revenue of $2.41B-$2.49B. LAST QUARTER: MasterCard reported higher than expected second quarter profit and revenue, and said that its processed transactions jumped 12% in Q2. However, on September 17 the company estimated that its fiscal 2014 revenue growth would be at the lower end of its 2013-2015 compound annual growth rate target of 11%-14%. COMPETITORS’ RESULTS: American Express (AXP) reported higher than expected profits but roughly in-line revenue on October 15, while Capital One’s (COF) profits came in below expectations and its revenue was slightly higher than expected. A number of large banks, including JPMorgan (JPM) and Citigroup (C), said that they had seen the credit trends of customers improve last quarter. STREET RESEARCH: Barron's recently sounded a positive note on MasterCard, saying that the stock "looks reasonable" and could gain 15% in 2015, as its earnings look set to increase 15% over the next year. Also upbeat was Piper Jaffray, which predicted on October 13 that MasterCard's Q3 results would "show solid momentum," as a result of stronger U.S. consumer spending and solid cross-border volume growth. The firm did, however, slightly lower its 2015 estimates for the company, citing foreign exchange and macro headwinds.The firm remained upbeat on the company's longer term outlook, as it believes that the proliferation of mobile payments and mobile devices is accelerating the shift to electronic transactions from cash and checks. Piper trimmed its price target on the name to $88 from $91 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: MasterCard is up 6% in the last six months, but it's up just 4% over the last year.
11:48 EDTWMTCurrentC mobile payment system endures breach, Business Insider says
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07:53 EDTGPS, WMTMCX member stores block Apple Pay amid threat of fines, NY Times says
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October 28, 2014
15:21 EDTMAMasterCard October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:44 EDTWMTGameStop weakness on Wal-Mart news a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes the impact of Wal-Mart (WMT) on GameStop's (GME) used business will be immaterial and views today's pullback as a buying opportunity. Piper notes that the entrance of Wal-Mart into any market should not be taken lightly, but other retailers have tried and failed before to enter the used game business and that Wal-Mart's entry actually refutes the bear thesis on GameStop that the used game business is not attractive. The firm maintains its Overweight rating and $53 price target on GameStop.
10:27 EDTWMTGameStop retreats after Wal-Mart begins selling used video games
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09:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart says 1,700 stores selling pre-owned video games
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06:56 EDTWMTWal-Mart rejecting Apple Pay for consumer 'best interests', Business Insider say
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06:38 EDTWMTApple says Apple Pay in 220,000 locations already, Business Insider reports
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October 27, 2014
10:32 EDTTGT, MAVeriFone rises after Barron's says Apple Pay positive for company
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07:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Best Buy among companies rejecting Apple Pay, Business Insider says
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October 26, 2014
13:28 EDTMAApple Pay could make winners of VeriFone, others, Barron's says
Apple Pay (AAPL) could provide long-term investors with confidence in Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) as well as make winners of VeriFone (PAY), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and Synaptics (SYNA), Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
13:23 EDTMAMasterCard looks reasonable, Barron's says
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October 24, 2014
12:21 EDTGPSAbercrombie & Fitch retreats after Goldman cuts to Sell
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October 23, 2014
13:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Sam's Club offering services to small businesses
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06:10 EDTTGTTarget's Canadian unit experimenting with overstocking, Globe and Mail reports
As part of its turnaround effort, Target Canada is experimenting with overstocking items at its premier locations and retraining employees to create a service culture, the Globe and Mail reports. Reference Link
October 22, 2014
12:42 EDTTGTTarget free shipping impact already in guidance, says Wells Fargo
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10:36 EDTGPSGap October calls active amid speculation it is reviewing strategic alternatives
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10:12 EDTGPSRumor: Gap up amid speculation it is reviewing strategic alternatives
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09:50 EDTTGT, WMTCredit Suisse to hold a field trip
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05:50 EDTTGTTarget announces partnership with STORY
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05:49 EDTTGTTarget announces plans for holiday shopping season
Target announced new initiatives for the holiday season centered on products, value and guest-friendly services; including new and enhanced digital tools and free shipping on all Target.com orders now through Dec. 20. With conversion on Target’s digital channels up 40% this year, guests are turning to Target.com for more of their shopping. To make it even easier for guests, for the first time, Target will offer free shipping on all Target.com orders for the holidays, now through Dec. 20. Additionally, more than 65,000 items are now available for Store Pickup on Target.com and 80% of orders are fulfilled within one hour, making it a convenient option for busy shoppers through Christmas Eve. Target will launch a Wish List app beginning Oct. 31; a modern and digital take on the classic tradition of creating holiday wish lists for parents and kids. Cartwheel will offer daily deals for its more than 10M users, and from Nov. 2-Dec. 24, Cartwheel will offer 50% off a different toy every day. The app will have new features for the holidays, including special deals for top users, personalized recommendations and a select number of popular offers that do not expire. For the third year, Target is extending the timeframe of its Price Match Policy for the holiday season beyond the typical seven day window.
October 21, 2014
06:22 EDTTGTStaples may be latest retailer to be hacked, Krebs reports
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October 20, 2014
07:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico reports Q3 net income 4.87B pesos vs. 5.12B pesos last year
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTWMTStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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10:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatile in mixed trading as it nears 52-week lows
The shares have been trading in a dollar range, but with multiple sweeps higher and lower this morning as price nears the 52-week low at $72.27. At the current price of $73.74, next support is at $73.03, the session low. Resistance is at $74.18, the high of the day.
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