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May 16, 2014
10:52 EDTSMME, V, MASmartMetric to have $13.4B case against Visa, Mastercard heard by August
SmartMetric (SMME) says "The Federal Circuit Court has received all briefs and motions from both SmartMetric and the Defendants, Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). With the matter officially before the court and all filings now completed and accepted by the Court, we are now just waiting for a hearing scheduling date from the Court. SmartMetric is claiming $13.4B in damages and a pre-paid patent license fee from the card companies. It has been indicated that we can expect advisement from the Court on the scheduled hearing date by the end of May, which would most likely see our case against Visa and MasterCard being heard in either late July or early August. This is an indication only and the company is awaiting the calendar scheduling by the Court. Upon the Court advising the company of the scheduled hearing date the company will immediately advise the market and shareholders, many of whom are eagerly following the case of patent infringement SmartMetric has brought against both Visa and MasterCard. It has been a long journey spanning a number of years but we are pleased to see matters coming to a head in the Court and are excited concerning the prospective outcome."
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July 24, 2014
18:45 EDTVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:13 EDTVVisa says Q3 payments volume growth was 12% over the prior year
Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended March 31, on which fiscal third quarter service revenue is recognized, was 12% over the prior year at $1.1T. Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended June 30, was 11% over the prior year at $1.2T. Cross-border volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, was 7% for the three months ended June 30. Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet, for the three months ended June 30, were 16.7B an 11% increase over the prior year.
16:11 EDTVVisa sees FY14 EPS growth 17.5%-18.5%, consensus $8.99
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16:09 EDTVVisa reports Q3 EPS $2.17, consensus $2.10
Reports Q3 revenue $3.2B, consensus $3.15B.
15:29 EDTVNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:31 EDTVVisa July weekly 220 straddle priced for 2.7% move into Q3
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14:07 EDTVEarnings Preview: Visa to report results amid credit metric improvements
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 24 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a credit card network. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.10 on revenue of $3.15B. The consensus range is $1.99-$2.17 for EPS, and $3.05B-$3.22B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Visa reported stronger than expected second quarter results, as its payments volume jumped 12% year-over-year during the quarter. The company predicted that its earnings per share would rise by mid to high teen percentage levels in fiscal 2014. "Softer net revenue growth was impacted by a strengthening U.S. dollar and difficult year-over-year comparisons due to non-recurring items," said Visa CEO Charlie Scharf. These negative factors will have a slightly greater impact in Visa's third quarter before easing in the fourth quarter, the CEO added. On May 19, Scharf said that rising interest rates are good for the credit card business. BANKS' CREDIT METRICS: A number of banks reported that their credit metrics had improved last quarter, potentially boding well for Visa's results. For example, JPMorgan (JPM) said that its total consumer provision for loan losses fell $345M last quarter, while consumer net chargeoffs dropped to $1.2B from $1.5B in the same period a year earlier. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo (WFC) reported that it saw "broad based growth" in its credit card business. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on July 17, Oppenheimer analyst Glen Greene wrote that although Visa and MasterCard's stocks had "temporarily paused," he remained upbeat on their long-term and intermediate term growth potential. Over the longer term ,the companies also enjoy competitive barriers to entry and "highly attractive business models," Greene believes. He preferred Visa but kept Outperform rating on both names. PRICE ACTION: Visa's stock is flat on the year, but up more than 6% in the last three months.
July 22, 2014
14:47 EDTVVisa July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and growth outlook
Visa July weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, August is at 20, September is at 17, December is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 24.
July 21, 2014
13:36 EDTSMME, MA, VSmartMetric files patent infringement suit against Visa, MasterCard
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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTV, MAVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
14:25 EDTV, MAVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
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July 17, 2014
07:37 EDTV, MAVisa MasterCard underperformance creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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July 16, 2014
14:36 EDTVVisa launches Visa Checkout payment service
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July 10, 2014
08:10 EDTMAMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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