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April 14, 2014
10:56 EDTMA, V, WFC, JPMMasterCard, 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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August 28, 2014
12:57 EDTVAmazon.com hires Visa executive, Re/code reports
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12:41 EDTVPayPal competitor Visa Checkout adds a dozen new partners, TechCrunch says
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12:34 EDTVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as concern over the Ukraine crisis overshadowed an upward revision to the government's estimate of U.S. economic growth in the second quarter. The major averages began the session in negative territory and picked up downside momentum in early trading, but soon after began to drift off their lows and recapture some of their losses. Volume remains light, as is expected ahead of the upcoming long weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Q2 GDP growth was unexpectedly boosted to 4.2% from the first estimate of 4.0%. Personal consumption rose 2.5% during the second quarter, versus estimates for a 2.4% increase. Initial jobless claims ticked down slightly to 298K in the fourth week of August. Pending home sales index increased 3.3% in July, which was better than the 0.5% month-over-month increase that was expected. In Europe, Ukraine president Poroshenko reportedly accused Russia of a "de facto" invasion and canceled a trip to call an urgent meeting of his security and defense council. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Visa (V) declined 1% after Raymond James lowered its rating on the credit card giant's stock to Market Perform from Outperform. The Dow component faces a number of headwinds, including tougher negotiating tactics by larger international banks looking to win better deals, lower cross-border volume, and loss of processing revenue in Russia, wrote Raymond James analyst Wayne Johnson. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which jumped 20% after the first of two identical pivotal studies comparing Androxal to an FDA approved topical gel and placebo achieved superiority in both co-primary endpoints and Piper Jaffray hiked its price target on the stock to $33 from $26. Also higher was Signet Jewelers (SIG), which rose nearly 7% after reporting Q2 results that analysts at Sterne Agee called "impressive." Among the noteworthy losers were a number of retailers who dropped after reporting results from their most recent fiscal quarters. Shares of home goods retailer William-Sonoma (WSM) dropped 11%, jeans maker Guess (GES) fell 9%, and apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) slipped more than 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.92, or 0.2%, to 17,088.09, the Nasdaq was down 4.52, or 0.1%, to 4,565.11, and the S&P 500 was down 2.04, or 0.1%, to 1,998.08.
10:20 EDTMA, VVisa slips after Raymond James sees more challenges than catalysts
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09:57 EDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Brown Forman (BFA, BFB, BF.A, BF.B) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... InterMune (ITMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Tesco (TSCDY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Visa (V) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bob Evans (BOBE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
08:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan says not seeing 'unusual fraud,' safeguarding information, WSJ reports
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06:02 EDTVVisa downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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05:55 EDTJPMHackers targeted JPMorgan Chase, 'at least' four other banks, NY Times reports
According to four sources, JPMorgan Chase and "at least" four others were targeted by hackers in a series of attacks this month, the New York Times reports. Hackers infiltrated the computer networks of some banks and stole checking and savings account information from clients, two separate sources say. Security experts and government officials say it is unclear whether Russian hackers are to blame for the attacks. Reference Link
August 27, 2014
15:37 EDTJPMFBI investigating whether Russia involved with JPMorgan hacking, Bloomberg says
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15:20 EDTJPMHackers stole data from JPMorgan, another U.S. bank this month, Bloomberg says
08:00 EDTWFC, JPMSEC seen completing rules on MBS detail disclosures, WSJ says
The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to complete rules requiring banks and other financial institutions to give investors greater detail about the quality of mortgages and other loans pooled into bonds known as asset-backed securities, reported The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded big U.S banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
August 26, 2014
08:30 EDTVConcerns about payment disintermediation overdone, says Pacific Crest
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August 25, 2014
13:47 EDTMAWal-Mart launching chip-enabled store-brand MasterCard
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07:50 EDTV, MAVisa headwinds likely to subside, says Pacific Crest
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August 21, 2014
08:31 EDTJPMMorgan Stanley, JP Morgan selected by Shake Shack to lead IPO, Reuters says
JP Morgan (JPM) and Morgan Stanley (MS) have been picked by Shake Shack to lead the fast-food restaurant chain's IPO, sources tell Reuters. The offering could come as early as this year. Reference Link
06:43 EDTJPM, WFCRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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August 20, 2014
18:29 EDTJPMBofA, JPMorgan weigh plans to raise salaries for junior bankers, Bloomberg says
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06:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo wins approval for $62.5M settlement, Charlotte Observer says
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August 19, 2014
13:42 EDTWFCWells Fargo looks to bulk up asset-management business, WSJ says
Wells Fargo is looking to increase the size of its asset-management business to over $1T over the next decade by making acquisitions of smaller asset managers and more aggressive sales to larger investors, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 18, 2014
09:35 EDTWFCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
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