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April 29, 2014
08:03 EDTTGT, MATarget: REDcard portfolio to be enabled with MasterCard's chip-and-PIN solution
Target (TGT) announced a significant new initiative as part of the companyís accelerated transition to chip-and-PIN-enabled REDcards. Beginning in early 2015, the entire REDcard portfolio, including all Target-branded credit and debit cards, will be enabled with MasterCardís (MA) chip-and-PIN solution. Existing co-branded cards will be reissued as MasterCard co-branded chip-and-PIN cards. Ultimately, through this initiative, all of Targetís REDcard products will be chip-and-PIN secured. Earlier this year, Target announced an accelerated $100 million plan to move its REDcard portfolio to chip-and-PIN-enabled technology and to install supporting software and next-generation payment devices in stores. The new payment terminals will be in all 1,797 U.S. stores by this September, six months ahead of schedule. In addition, by early next year, Target will enable all REDcards with chip-and-PIN technology and begin accepting payments from all chip-enabled cards in its stores.
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October 30, 2014
09:27 EDTMAMasterCard says FY14 net revenue growth view now 'slightly better' than prior
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09:19 EDTMAMasterCard CEO says mobile strategy is to work with 'all players'
MasterCard (MA) CEO Ajaypal Banga says that while the company has worked closely with Apple (AAPL) on Apple Pay, which has garnered significant attention, that the company's strategy for mobile payments will be to work with "all players" to make it as easy as possible for all MasterCard customers.
09:14 EDTMAMasterCard CEO says nothing new to report on European legislation
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09:14 EDTMAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Visa (V), up 4%... MasterCard (MA), up 2.5%... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), up 12.5%... TASER (TASR), up 4%... JDSU (JDSU), up 3.8%... Radian Group (RDN), up 9%... DreamWorks Animation (DWA), up 1.7%... Take-Two (TTWO), up 7.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Grand Canyon (LOPE), up 10.5%, upgraded at Piper Jaffray after the company formed a committee to explore conversion to a nonprofit entity... Walter Energy (WLT), up 6.8% after lowering FY14 capital expenditures view, reporting lower than expected losses... Novavax (NVAX), up 7% after getting fast track designation for H7N9 VLP. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), down 16.6%... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), down 18.4%... Pacira (PCRX), down 6.4%. ALSO LOWER: Sturm, Ruger (RGR), down 10% following Q3 results, cutting Q3 dividend. Peer gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC) also down 3.7% after Ruger's report... Western Gas Partners (WES), down 4.4% after its 7.5M common units spot secondary priced at $70.85... ACCO Brands (ACCO), down 1.1%, downgraded at KeyBanc following the company's Q3 results... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 1.1% after reported to be recalling over 300K Ram trucks due to fire concern... Inogen (INGN), down 2.3% after 2.1M share secondary offering of common stock priced at $21.50.
08:54 EDTTGTWal-Mart considers matching online prices from Amazon for holidays, WSJ says
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08:03 EDTMAMasterCard reports Q3 EPS 87c, consensus 78c
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06:47 EDTMAVisa projects mobile payments will boost growth, Reuters says
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October 29, 2014
18:59 EDTMAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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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%. COMPETITORSí RESULTS: American Express (AXP) reported higher than expected profits but roughly in-line revenue on October 15, while Capital Oneís (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.
October 28, 2014
15:21 EDTMAMasterCard October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 27, 2014
10:32 EDTTGT, MAVeriFone rises after Barron's says Apple Pay positive for company
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October 26, 2014
13:28 EDTMAApple 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 EDTMAMasterCard looks reasonable, Barron's says
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October 23, 2014
06:10 EDTTGTTarget's Canadian unit experimenting with overstocking, Globe and Mail reports
As part of its turnaround effort, Target Canada is experimenting with overstocking items at its premier locations and retraining employees to create a service culture, the Globe and Mail reports. Reference Link
October 22, 2014
12:42 EDTTGTTarget free shipping impact already in guidance, says Wells Fargo
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09:50 EDTTGTCredit Suisse to hold a field trip
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05:50 EDTTGTTarget announces partnership with STORY
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05:49 EDTTGTTarget announces plans for holiday shopping season
Target announced new initiatives for the holiday season centered on products, value and guest-friendly services; including new and enhanced digital tools and free shipping on all Target.com orders now through Dec. 20. With conversion on Targetís digital channels up 40% this year, guests are turning to Target.com for more of their shopping. To make it even easier for guests, for the first time, Target will offer free shipping on all Target.com orders for the holidays, now through Dec. 20. Additionally, more than 65,000 items are now available for Store Pickup on Target.com and 80% of orders are fulfilled within one hour, making it a convenient option for busy shoppers through Christmas Eve. Target will launch a Wish List app beginning Oct. 31; a modern and digital take on the classic tradition of creating holiday wish lists for parents and kids. Cartwheel will offer daily deals for its more than 10M users, and from Nov. 2-Dec. 24, Cartwheel will offer 50% off a different toy every day. The app will have new features for the holidays, including special deals for top users, personalized recommendations and a select number of popular offers that do not expire. For the third year, Target is extending the timeframe of its Price Match Policy for the holiday season beyond the typical seven day window.
October 21, 2014
06:22 EDTTGTStaples may be latest retailer to be hacked, Krebs reports
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