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April 21, 2014
10:54 EDTWMT, EEFT, MGI, WUMoneyGram 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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October 9, 2015
11:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart U.S. appoints Steve Bratspies to Chief Merchandising Officer
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09:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart CFO Charles Holley to retire, Brett Biggs to take place
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05:40 EDTWMTChina Resources unit to sell Wal-Mart store stakes for $525M, Reuters reports
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October 7, 2015
17:39 EDTMGIMoneyGram renews agreement with Launch Federal Credit Union
MoneyGram announces that it has renewed an agreement with Launch Federal Credit Union to provide official check services at all of the credit union's locations. "MoneyGram offers one of the most comprehensive official check programs in the industry, and we are pleased that Launch is placing its trust in us," says Pete Ohser, MoneyGram's executive vice president, business development. "With MoneyGram's service and support, the credit union can continue to be more efficient in daily balancing, reconciliation and fraud detection." Launch Federal Credit Union is based in Merritt Island, Florida. It has over $679 million in assets and more than 62,000 members.
06:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target lowered to $70 from $76 at Deutsche Bank
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October 6, 2015
11:51 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Visa in talks to end $5B processing fees suit, Bloomberg says
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October 5, 2015
07:19 EDTWUOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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October 2, 2015
11:32 EDTWMTAnalyst sees Amazon becoming #2 player in $425B consumables market
Amazon (AMZN) will advance to the number two position in the $425B U.S. consumables market, excluding food and beverages, by 2018, research firm Cowen predicted in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon's "multi platform approach around Prime" is enabling it to gain share in the U.S. market for goods including personal care, household, pet and baby products, Cowen analyst John Blackledge stated. Specifically, the e-commerce giant is effectively using its Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now, Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh offerings to sell consumables and it has significantly increased the number of fulfillment centers it operates, lowering its delivery times, according to Blackledge. The company's delivery times are now "well ahead of (the) competition," the analyst reported. The e-commerce giant's strategy in the consumables market appears to be working, as Cowen's proprietary data indicates that the company is gaining share in the category, Blackledge wrote. Additionally, Amazon is beginning to attract more customers from Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT), he believes. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Amazon slipped 0.4% to $518.70.
10:15 EDTWMTWal-mart to cut 450 jobs at Atlanta headquarters, Reuters reports
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08:21 EDTWMTAmazon to be number two player in U.S. consumables by 2018, says Cowen
John Blackledge and the research team at Cowen project that (AMZN) will grow to be the number two player in the $425B market for U.S. consumables - which they define as personal care, household, pet and baby products - by 2018. The firm expects Amazon to use its multi-platform approach, centered around Prime, to help the e-commerce giant gain share in consumables at the expense of Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Walgreens (WBA) and CVS Health (CVS). Cowen has Outperform ratings on Amazon and Target and a Market Perform rating on shares of Wal-Mart.
06:51 EDTWMTWal-Mart Chile eyes shopping center chain sale, Reuters says
Wal-Mart Chile is eyeing a sale of its chain of shopping centers in an effort to focus on its larger supermarket operations in Chile, Reuters reports. The plan would involve the sale of 10 "Espacio Urbano" centers throughout the country, totaling roughly 250,000 square meets, the report says. Reference Link
October 1, 2015
10:37 EDTWMTBofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q4 2015
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08:10 EDTWMTAmerican Express cards now accepted at Sam's Club
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06:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart to lay off hundreds of employees at Arkansas headquarters, Reuters says
Wal-Mart plans to cut hundreds of jobs at its headquarters in Arkansas in an effort to pare costs, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Fewer than 500 employees are expected to have their employment terminated and an announcement could come as early as Friday, the report says. Reference Link
September 30, 2015
10:05 EDTEEFTHigh option volume stocks
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08:32 EDTWUWestern Union Bill Payment service available at Walgreens
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September 29, 2015
07:11 EDTWMTWal-Mart expands pick-up service to new markets, Fortune says
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September 28, 2015
06:42 EDTWMTPerfume makers look to Wal-Mart, Target, WSJ reports
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