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April 21, 2014
10:54 EDTWU, WMT, EEFT, MGIMoneyGram 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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February 12, 2016
09:33 EDTMGIMoneyGram upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Feltl
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February 11, 2016
16:04 EDTMGIMoneyGram reports Q4 money transfer transactions grew 10%
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16:04 EDTMGIMoneyGram sees FY16 constant currency, adjusted EBITDA growth 8%-10%
FY16 revenue consensus $1.54B.
16:03 EDTMGIMoneyGram reports Q4 adjusted EPS 23c, consensus 22c
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10:01 EDTEEFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Artisan Partners (APAM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Ascena Retail (ASNA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche BankvCisco (CSCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded at Buckingham... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Euronet (EEFT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... FibroGen (FGEN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... First Data (FDC) has hit 'rock bottom,' shares upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Horace Mann (HMN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Hortonworks (HDP) upgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Overweight on valuation at Morgan Stanley... NCI, Inc. (NCIT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded on results, valuation at JMP Securities... Sun Life Financial (SLF) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Tanger Factory (SKT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Hilliard Lyons... Team (TISI) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Tenneco (TEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy at Goldman... Ulta Beauty (ULTA) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voya Financial (VOYA) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Western Alliance (WAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson.
08:50 EDTEEFTEuronet upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale
February 10, 2016
10:02 EDTWUHigh option volume stocks
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10:01 EDTWUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Apollo Investment (AINV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... BBA Aviation (BBAVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CM Finance (CMFN) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CTI BioPharma (CTIC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at WallachBeth... Calix (CALX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Fortis (FRTSF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... ITC Holdings (ITC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Lake Shore Gold (LSG) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Medley Capital (MCC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Pandora (P) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Parkway Properties (PKY) downgraded on real estate headwinds, valuation at Stifel... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... USANA (USNA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Valero (VLO) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:12 EDTWUWestern Union downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
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February 9, 2016
19:59 EDTEEFTEuronet sees Q1 adjusted cash EPS about 68c, consensus 69c
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19:58 EDTEEFTEuronet reports Q4 adjusted cash EPS 92c, consensus 92c
Reports Q4 revenue $470.6M, consensus $503.42M.
16:05 EDTWUWestern Union raises quarterly dividend by 3% to 16c
Western Union announced that its board declared a quarterly cash dividend of 16c per common share, which represents a 3% increase over the previous quarterly dividend. The dividend is payable March 31, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 17.
16:03 EDTWUWestern Union sees 2016 EPS $1.58-$1.70, consensus $1.72
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16:01 EDTWUWestern Union reports Q4 EPS 42c, consensus 42c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.38B, consensus $1.40B.
14:36 EDTWUNotable companies reporting after market close
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February 4, 2016
06:14 EDTWMTWalmart sues Puerto Rico over tax increase, NY Times says
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February 3, 2016
20:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart to build own gas stations going forward, WSJ says
Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to build and operate its own gas stations going forward, though Murphy USA (MUSA) will continue the operate the 1,000-plus stations it has already built near Wal-Mart locations, reports the Wall Street Journal. A Wal-Mart spokesperson told the publication that, when building new stores, the company will add its own gas stations "to as many as possible." Reference Link
February 1, 2016
08:08 EDTMGI, WMTMoneyGram, Wal-Mart announce new three-year agreement
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