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April 21, 2014
10:54 EDTEEFT, MGI, WU, WMTMoneyGram continues sell off with Wal-Mart entering space
Shares of MoneyGram (MGI), which enables consumers to transfer money, are plunging for a second straight day after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that it was launching its own money transfer service. Today's decline also comes in the wake of a downgrade of the stock by research firm JMP Securities in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: MoneyGram is down over 10% today after dropping by more than 18% on Thursday. Wal-Mart on Thursday announced that it would introduce a money transfer service to allow consumers to transfer money to and from more than 4,000 Wal-Mart stores around the U.S. The new service will cost 50% less than competing offerings, the company said. The retail giant currently partners with MoneyGram to provide money transfer services at Wal-Mart stores. ANALYST REACTION: JMP Securities analyst David Scharf responded to the news by downgrading his rating on MoneyGram to Market Perform from Outperform. Money transfers among U.S. Wal-Mart stores generate 13% of MoneyGram's revenue and 9% of its gross profit, the analyst stated. If MoneyGram loses 50% of its revenue from transfers among Wal-Mart's U.S. stores, its pretax income would drop by 28%, the analyst estimated. Scharf said that he was cautious about MoneyGram going forward. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Wal-Mart's new service is being launched in partnership with Euronet Worldwide (EEFT) subsidiary Ria. Another money transfer company, Western Union (WU), saw its stock drop on Thursday, but its shares are rising this morning PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, MoneyGram tumbled 11% to $13, while Western Union gained 1% to $15.50.
News For MGI;WMT;WU;EEFT From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
16:34 EDTMGIAbrams Capital reports 5.4% passive stake in MoneyGram
January 21, 2015
13:38 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Wal-Mart to Equal Weight citing balanced risk/reward and lack of margin growth due to potential re-investments.
January 20, 2015
13:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
09:44 EDTWMTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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07:28 EDTWUTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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January 16, 2015
10:12 EDTWMTSprint unit Virgin Mobile to offer no contract data sharing plans
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06:57 EDTWUWestern Union added to Focus List with Sell rating at Citigroup
Citigroup added Sell-rated Western Union to its Focus List, calling the short call its top idea in its Processor coverage. Citi believes increased competitive and macro risks are not adequately reflected into consensus expectations. It has a $15.50 price target for shares.
January 15, 2015
10:00 EDTMGIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:24 EDTWMTEpiq Systems to hold a webinar
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07:29 EDTMGIMoneyGram upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded MoneyGram to Overweight citing the recent pullback in shares and its belief pricing pressure and competition concerns are overdone. The firm keeps a $10 price target for shares.
January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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10:00 EDTWU, MGIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
08:08 EDTWUWestern Union to launch direct to bank from U.S. to Mexico
The Western Union Company announced it will launch international direct to bank money transfers to Mexico from the United States via the Grupo Financiero Banorte’s UniTeller network. An agreement recently signed between Western Union and UniTeller, will allow Western Union customers in the U.S. to send cash directly into qualifying bank accounts – totaling more than 60 million individual bank accounts1. The UniTeller network currently covers top banks in Mexico. Planned for launch in the first quarter of 2015, customers will be able to send international money transfers direct-to-bank from participating retail Agent locations, online and directly from Western Union smart phone mobile applications from the U.S.
07:15 EDTMGIMoneyGram downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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07:15 EDTWUWestern Union downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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January 12, 2015
07:35 EDTWMTNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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