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April 28, 2015
06:24 EDTMA, TGTSmall lenders object to settlements between card networks merchants, WSJ says
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April 27, 2015
20:03 EDTWMTBest Buy's use of Apple Pay raises questions about Wal-Mart's MCX, Re/code says
Best Buy (BBY) announced it will accept Apple (AAPL) Pay in its stores later in the year, reports Re/code, citing company statements. Re/code notes that the move raises questions about Best Buy's previously announced partnership with rival payment consortium MCX, spearheaded by Wal-Mart (WMT). A Best Buy spokesperson said it is "too early to declare" whether the company will use MCX's platform at launch, while multiple sources claimed the delay in implementing Apple Pay is partly due to exclusivity agreements with MCX. Reference Link
16:03 EDTMAMasterCard to acquire Applied Predictive Technologies for $600M
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06:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart fighting for right to sell more alcohol in Texas, WSJ reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is fighting for the right to sell more alcohol in Texas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The retailer is suing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, claiming legal limits on sales of hard liquor are "unconstitutional," the publication says. Wal-Mart has also joined fellow retailers Costco (COST) and Kroger (KR), as well as other groups, to back legislation that would override the current state beverage laws. Reference Link
April 24, 2015
16:31 EDTMAStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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10:00 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded at Raymond James... American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Broadridge (BR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Encore Wire (WIRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded on positive catalysts at SunTrust... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Vipshop (VIPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum.
08:12 EDTTGTTarget upgraded on improving initiatives and consumer at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Buy from Neutral. The firm believes Target is well positioned to benefit from an improving middle-income core customer base. BofA/Merrill said customers are responding well to improved assortment and merchandising and expects Target to continue to see increased spending at stores and online as customers trade-up to more expensive items. Price target increased to $92 from $86.
08:03 EDTTGTTarget upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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April 23, 2015
19:56 EDTWMTWal-Mart blocks shareholder vote to examine possible gender bias, Guardian says
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09:03 EDTMAHeartland announces collaboration with PAX for EMV terminals for merchants
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07:21 EDTMAChina unlikely to have major impact on Visa, MasterCard, says Bernstein
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April 22, 2015
16:44 EDTMAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, but turned negative shortly after the open. The downside move failed to gain momentum and the averages remained near the flat line for most of the morning. The market moved to session highs by mid-afternoon and drifted higher into the close, as investors prepared for another round of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Visa (V) rose $2.66, or 4.07%, to $68.01 and MasterCard (MA) advanced $3.43, or 3.91%, to $91.20 after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. Goldman Sachs said the overall rule is broader and simpler than expected, raising the possibility that Visa and MasterCard could operate more freely in China than the firm had previously expected... Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced $2.97, or 3.13%, to $97.84 after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Organovo (ONVO), which surged 67c, or 14.99%, to $5.14 after disclosing the company entered into a multi-year research collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK) that gives the drugmaker access to Organovoís commercial exVive3D Human Liver Tissue service. Also higher was Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), which gained $5.54, or 14.22%, to $44.50 after asset management firm Carlson Capital revealed that it had obtained a 5.34% stake in the company and said that it had held talks with the retailer of natural treatments, supplements and vitamins. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped $1.38, or 19.94%, to $5.54 after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower were shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which fell $51.29, or 7.41%, to $641.23 after the company reported lower than expected first quarter comparable sales growth of 10.4%. INDEXES: The Dow rose 88.68, or 0.49%, to 18,038.27, the Nasdaq gained 21.07, or 0.42%, to 5,035.17, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.67, or 0.51%, to 2,107.96.
13:47 EDTMAMasterCard volatility up, China unveils rule on clearing domestic transaction
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12:43 EDTMAVisa, MasterCard jump after China unveils rule on clearing domestic transactions
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12:31 EDTMAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after having been on a bit of a see-saw during morning trading. The averages opened in positive territory, soon turned negative, then back into positive ground following the release of a better than expected existing home sales report. The housing data was followed by a lift in the averages, which remained in positive ground near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced 2% after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. Also rising after its quarterly report was another globally recognized brand, Coca-Cola (KO), whose shares gained 1% after its comparable earnings per share topped the consensus estimate. A third member of the Dow, Boeing (BA), slid over 2.5% after its earnings beat expectations but its revenue fell short of the consensus forecast... Visa (V) rose 5% and MasterCard (MA) advanced over 4% after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Angie's List (ANGI), which jumped 12% after the company reported it was profitable in the first quarter and announced an exclusive relationship that will see carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries give the company's members exclusive product offers. Also higher was ASML (ASML), which gained 11% after announcing that it has signed an agreement with one of its "major U.S. customers" to deliver a minimum of 15 ASML EUV, or Extreme Ultraviolet, lithography systems. Afterward, Summit Research said it thinks the most likely buyer is Intel (INTC), which the firm believes does not want to be left behind if TSMC (TSM) puts EUV to use in 10nm processing. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped 19% after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell over 9%, Cree (CREE), which slid 9%, and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which declined 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 28.69, or 0.16%, to 17,978.28, the Nasdaq was up 6.66, or 0.13%, to 5,020.77, and the S&P 500 was up 5.24, or 0.25%, to 2,102.53.
11:54 EDTMAGoldman says buy Visa, MasterCard as China rule broader, earlier than expected
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09:11 EDTMAChina move on payments market seen as positive for Visa, MasterCard
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April 21, 2015
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
06:18 EDTTGT, WMT, MAUS merchants struggle to meet deadline for accepting chip cards, WSJ reports
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April 20, 2015
16:22 EDTGPSGap initiated with a Hold at Cantor
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12:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart workers claim store closings are retaliatory, Fortune says
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April 19, 2015
17:28 EDTTGTTarget website overwhelmed by rush from Lilly Pulitzer shoppers, WSJ says
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April 17, 2015
15:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart to slash layer of in-store management, Bloomberg reports
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April 16, 2015
06:05 EDTWMTFormer Wal-Mart CEO Duke heads to Carlyle Group, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2015
17:32 EDTTGT, MAMasterCard reaches agreement with Target to resolve claims
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10:03 EDTSKSHigh option volume stocks
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08:07 EDTMAMeta Financial added as partner of Univision MasterCard prepaid card
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April 14, 2015
18:41 EDTMA, TGTTarget 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
18:32 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart can reject shareholder proposal on gun sales, WSJ says
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18:17 EDTMA, TGTTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, DJ says
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12:09 EDTMAAmEx 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
09:02 EDTMAProPay adds MasterCard MasterPass checkout service
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