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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.
News For MA;V;WFC;JPM From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2015
13:20 EDTJPMJPMorgan made as much as $300M on franc move, Bloomberg says
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12:45 EDTJPMJPMorgan made as much as $300M on Swiss franc move, Bloomberg says
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11:38 EDTVVisa January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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10:04 EDTMAHigh option volume stocks: SIMG RMD SANM MA SIGM
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January 26, 2015
12:49 EDTWFC, JPMFederal Reserve discloses plan to improve U.S. payment system, WSJ reports
The Federal Reserve released a plan that would improve the U.S. payment system, saying the current outlook, which covers banking, checking, credit cards and online transactions is fragmented and outdated with respect to new technologies that may harm consumers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Federal Reserve invited banks, credit card companies and payment processors to coordinate efforts. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
08:56 EDTVVisa price target raised to $283 from $262 at Bernstein
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07:45 EDTWFCFifth Third Bancorp to buy back $180M of stock from Wells Fargo
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January 25, 2015
17:30 EDTJPMDelta Air Lines, Ford, four others could shine this year, Barron's says
Delta Air Lines (DAL), Ford (F), Discover (DFS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Lam Research (LRCX), and Micron Technology (MU) could all provide growth at a reasonable price this year, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
13:59 EDTMAMasterCard confirms allowance of Cuban transactions with U.S.issued cards
MasterCard confirmed a report saying the company will allow credit card transactions in Cuba. The company will work with its U.S. issuers to support their Cuba-related activities and decisions. Before traveling to Cuba, U.S. cardholders should contact their bank to ensure the card will be supported on the island. Reference Link
13:54 EDTMAMasterCard to allow transactions in Cuba with U.S. cards, Reuters reports
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07:23 EDTJPM, WFCBass does not expect large U.S. banks to break up
Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), and Wells Fargo (WFC). Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital continues speaking on CNBC.
06:42 EDTWFC, JPMU.S. banks preparing for prolonged low bond yields, Reuters says
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January 22, 2015
16:22 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Dimon gets stock-based compensation of 198.5K shares for 2014
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14:36 EDTWFC, JPMCFPB fines Wells Fargo, JPMorgan for kickback scheme
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06:26 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO expected to receive $20M pay package for 2014, WSJ reports
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05:36 EDTMAMasterCard announces opportunity to apply for next edition of Start Path Europe
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January 21, 2015
13:54 EDTJPMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:38 EDTVEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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January 20, 2015
09:44 EDTMA, VSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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06:58 EDTJPMBlackRock, Fidelity close to launching 'dark pool,' WSJ reports
Some of the largest mutual fund firms, including Fidelity, BlackRock (BLK), Bank of New York Mellon (BK),, T. Row Price (TROW) and JP Morgan (JPM) are among the firms that are close to launching a new "dark pool," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The effort, which involves nine firms in total, would look to shut out sell-side trading desks and high-speed trading firms. Reference Link
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