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April 14, 2014
10:56 EDTWFC, V, JPM, MAMasterCard, Visa rise after analysts recommend their shares
Shares of MasterCard (MA) are climbing after research firm Robert W. Baird upgraded the stock to Outperform from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. Shares of peer Visa (V) are also rising after Pacific Crest initiated coverage on the stock. WHAT'S NEW: MasterCard has a strong business model and fears about the stock may be a bit overdone, Baird analyst David Koning wrote. Credit card data from JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) indicated that volumes were largely steady versus Q4, so fears about weak Q1 volumes are probably exaggerated, the analyst contended. Meanwhile, MasterCard is unlikely to be badly hurt by ongoing litigation with some merchants, or by weakness in Russia, Koning added. Similarly, MasterCard could lose some market share to MCX, a new mobile payment platform being introduced by retailers, but the impact should not be very significant, according to the analyst, who recommended buying the stock following its recent weakness. Koning raised his rating on the shares to Outperform from Market Perform and has an $83 price target on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Research firm Pacific Crest earlier today initiated coverage of Visa (V) with an Outperform rating. Visa is well-positioned to benefit from the proliferation of mobile payments and the extension of digital payments to under served markets, the firm contended. It set a $241 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, MasterCard rose $1.83, or 2.66%, to $70.51, while Visa gained 1.8% to $200.16.
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January 28, 2016
16:14 EDTVVisa up 3.8% after reporting Q1 results
16:13 EDTVVisa sees FY16 adjusted EPS growth of low-end of the mid-teens range
While Visa is not changing its financial outlook for the fiscal full-year, continued moderating cross-border volume growth and subdued domestic activity across our geographies could ultimately affect its results. Sees annual net revenue growth of high single-digit to low double-digit range on a constant dollar basis, with an expectation of about three percentage points of negative foreign currency impact. Sees client incentives as a percent of gross revenues of 17.5%-18.5%. Sees FY16 annual free cash flow of about $7B. The financial outlook for fiscal full-year 2016 does not include any impact from the Visa Europe transaction, including interest expense from the $16.0B issuance of fixed-rate senior notes of about $125M per quarter.
16:09 EDTVVisa reports Q1 constant dollar basis payments volume growth up 11% to $1.3T
Cross-border volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, was 4% for the three months ended December 31, 2015. Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet, for the three months ended December 31, 2015, were 19.0B, an 8% increase over the prior year.
16:07 EDTVVisa reports Q1 service revenue $1.65B
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16:06 EDTVVisa reports Q1 adjusted EPS 69c, consensus 68c
Reports Q1 revenue $3.6B, consensus $3.62B. Reports Q1 GAAP EPS 80c.
14:29 EDTMANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:29 EDTVNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Microsoft (MSFT), consensus 71c... Amazon (AMZN), consensus $1.56... Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.29... Electronic Arts (EA), consensus $1.81... Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.58... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.54... Visa (V), consensus 68c... Flextronics (FLEX), consensus 31c... NetSuite (N), consensus 4c... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 18c... Synaptics (SYNA), consensus $1.58... Proofpoint (PFPT), consensus (11c).
14:27 EDTVVisa January weekly 70 straddle priced for 5.5% movement into Q1
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14:13 EDTMA, VEarnings Watch: Visa to report after co-brand wins, Visa Europe deal
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14:00 EDTVVisa technical notes before earnings
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12:50 EDTMAMasterCard technical preview ahead of earnings news
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06:44 EDTMAMasterCard volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 27, 2016
09:56 EDTVVisa volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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January 26, 2016
16:26 EDTWFCWells Fargo rises in extended session after boosting buybacks
Shares are up over 1.2% to $48.84. At that price next resistance is at $49.46. Support is at $48.26, the closing price of the session.
16:23 EDTWFCWells Fargo increases common stock repurchase authority by 350M shares
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09:02 EDTMAMasterCard says JetBlue to accept digital payments with MasterPass
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07:57 EDTVVisa shares 'becoming increasingly attractive,' says Bernstein
After Visa's stock fell 7% so far this year, Bernstein says the stock "is becoming an increasingly attractive, defensive investment in a bearish market." The firm expects the company's EPS to increase 19% through 2020, and says fears about the impact of macro issues on Visa's EPS growth are overdone. Most of the company's EPS growth will come from business model changes and factors that won't be impacted by the macro performance, the firm stated. It keeps a $90 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:11 EDTJPMJPMorgan reaches $1.42B settlement agreement in Lehman case, Bloomberg says
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January 25, 2016
10:00 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... American Express (AXP) downgraded on weak revenue outlook at Argus... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Neutral on potential distribution cut at Baird... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Federal Realty (FRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... GKN PLC (GKNLY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Galapagos NV (GLPG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at GoldmanvHortonworks (HDP) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded on headwinds at Stifel... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... OvaScience (OVAS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Packaging Corp. (PKG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Power Solutions (PSIX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Raymond James (RJF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Chardan... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... WPX Energy (WPX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... WestRock (WRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
07:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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