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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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October 29, 2014
18:59 EDTV, MAOn 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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15:41 EDTMANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:04 EDTMAEarnings Preview: MasterCard to report after mixed competitor results
MasterCard (MA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market opens on October 30, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 AM ET. MasterCard is a credit card network. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 78c on revenue of $2.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 76c-81c on revenue of $2.41B-$2.49B. LAST QUARTER: MasterCard reported higher than expected second quarter profit and revenue, and said that its processed transactions jumped 12% in Q2. However, on September 17 the company estimated that its fiscal 2014 revenue growth would be at the lower end of its 2013-2015 compound annual growth rate target of 11%-14%. COMPETITORS’ RESULTS: American Express (AXP) reported higher than expected profits but roughly in-line revenue on October 15, while Capital One’s (COF) profits came in below expectations and its revenue was slightly higher than expected. A number of large banks, including JPMorgan (JPM) and Citigroup (C), said that they had seen the credit trends of customers improve last quarter. STREET RESEARCH: Barron's recently sounded a positive note on MasterCard, saying that the stock "looks reasonable" and could gain 15% in 2015, as its earnings look set to increase 15% over the next year. Also upbeat was Piper Jaffray, which predicted on October 13 that MasterCard's Q3 results would "show solid momentum," as a result of stronger U.S. consumer spending and solid cross-border volume growth. The firm did, however, slightly lower its 2015 estimates for the company, citing foreign exchange and macro headwinds.The firm remained upbeat on the company's longer term outlook, as it believes that the proliferation of mobile payments and mobile devices is accelerating the shift to electronic transactions from cash and checks. Piper trimmed its price target on the name to $88 from $91 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: MasterCard is up 6% in the last six months, but it's up just 4% over the last year.
12:58 EDTVEarnings Preview: Analysts cautious on Visa into Q4 results
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October 28, 2014
15:21 EDTMAMasterCard October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:51 EDTVVisa weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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October 27, 2014
10:32 EDTV, MAVeriFone rises after Barron's says Apple Pay positive for company
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October 26, 2014
13:28 EDTV, MAApple 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 EDTV, MAMasterCard looks reasonable, Barron's says
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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.
October 16, 2014
16:23 EDTVJPMorgan announces Apple Pay to be available to Chase customers, merchants
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15:26 EDTVApple Pay available to millions of Visa cardholders
Visa (V) announced that starting October 20 eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S. will be able to use Apple (AAPL) Pay, Apple’s new payment service, to begin to make purchases at select U.S. merchants with their new iPhone. Visa is actively working with its client base of thousands of U.S. financial institutions to enable them to offer the new Apple Pay service to their account holders.
14:09 EDTV, MAApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
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