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March 21, 2014
12:22 EDTNKE, V, ECYT, ANN, SYMC, RALYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P rising to record highs and the Nasdaq a bit below its starting level. Stocks began the session in positive ground as traders rolled out positions due to “quadruple witching,” when stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and single stock futures expire. The market soon found a level and has moved in a fairly narrow range during the morning, which is typical as quadruple expirations days tend to be more volatile at the open and the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no notable economic reports were released. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dow-member Nike (NKE) fell 3% despite the company reporting third quarter adjusted profits that beat analysts’ forecast. Nike said it expect its revenue to come in at the top end of its high-single digit growth target range in this fiscal year, but cautioned that the devaluation of developing market currencies will be a "significant drag" on reported revenue, gross margin and profit growth in fiscal year 2015... Visa (V) shares gained over 2.5% after Bloomberg and Reuters reported that a federal appeals court ruled the Federal Reserve was authorized to cap debit card swipe fees, reserving a prior lower court ruling in favor of retailers who oppose the cap. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Endocyte (ECYT), which was up more than 90% near midday after the company announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency issued "positive opinions" for conditional authorizations for its Vynfinit, Folcepri and Neocepri treatments. The company also announced a Phase 2b lung cancer trial met its primary endpoint. Following both pieces of news, no fewer than three analyst firms increased their price target on the stock. Also higher was Ann Inc. (ANN), which gained 14% after Golden Gate Capital last night disclosed a 9.5% stake in the retailer and said it plans to leverages its retail and equity experience to create value for shareholders. Among the noteworthy losers was Symantec (SYMC), which sunk 14% near noon after the company last night announced it terminated its CEO, Steve Bennett. No fewer than five analysts downgraded shares of the company following the news. Also lower was Rally Software (RALY), which fell more than 8% after the cloud software company gave a first quarter and fiscal 2015 outlook that came in below expectations. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 102.79, or 0.63%, to 16,433.84, the Nasdaq was down 0.48, or 0.01%, to 4,318.80, and the S&P 500 was up 9.26, or 0.49%, to 1,881.27.
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October 30, 2014
06:47 EDTVVisa projects mobile payments will boost growth, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTVVisa upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded Visa to Outperform with a $260 price target citing continued business model strength follow the company's Q4 results.
October 29, 2014
18:59 EDTVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:11 EDTVVisa up over 3% following Q4 results, guidance
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16:11 EDTVVisa sees FY15 annual diluted class A common stock EPS growth in mid-teens
FY15 EPS consensus $10.36.
16:10 EDTVVisa sees FY15 annual net revenue growth low double digits, consensus $13.96B
Guidance in constant dollars. Sees FY15: annual operating margin in mid-60's, tax rate in low 30's, annual free cash flow greater than $6B.
16:07 EDTVVisa says Q4 payments volume growth was 12% over the prior year
Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended June 30, on which fiscal fourth quarter service revenue is recognized, was 12% over the prior year at $1.2T. Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended September 30, was 11% over the prior year at $1.2T. Cross-border volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, was 10% for the three months ended September 30, 2014. Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet, for the three months ended September 30, 2014, were 16.9B, a 9% increase over the prior year.
16:06 EDTVVisa authorizes new $5B share repurchase program
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16:05 EDTVVisa reports Q4 adjusted EPS $2.18, consensus $2.10
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15:53 EDTVNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:58 EDTVEarnings Preview: Analysts cautious on Visa into Q4 results
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October 28, 2014
07:51 EDTVVisa weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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October 27, 2014
10:32 EDTVVeriFone rises after Barron's says Apple Pay positive for company
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October 26, 2014
13:28 EDTVApple Pay could make winners of VeriFone, others, Barron's says
Apple Pay (AAPL) could provide long-term investors with confidence in Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) as well as make winners of VeriFone (PAY), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and Synaptics (SYNA), Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
13:23 EDTVMasterCard looks reasonable, Barron's says
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October 23, 2014
09:22 EDTNKENike CEO 'bullish' on partnership with Apple
Nike (NKE) CEO Mark Parker made comments in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Reference Link
08:17 EDTSYMCIDC says IBM should look at Symantec info-management unit, Bloomberg reports
Analysts have said acquisitions would be a better use of IBM's (IBM) cash than share repurchases and IDC Corp. pointed to Symantec’s (SYMC) information-management division and cloud-storage provider Box as two logical options, reported Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
October 22, 2014
16:32 EDTVVisa increases dividend 20% to 48c from 40c
Visa announced that its board of directors had declared a quarterly dividend in the aggregate amount of 48c per share of class A common stock, determined in the case of class B and class C common stock on an as-converted basis, payable on December 2 to all holders of record of the company's class A, class B and class C common stock as of November 14. The quarterly dividend increase raises the annual dividend rate from $1.60 per share to $1.92 per share.
13:54 EDTNKENike expects womens business to reach $7B in revenue by FY17
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06:44 EDTSYMCU.S. weighing cybersecurity requirements for bank vendors, NY Times says
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