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February 3, 2014
11:39 EDTMA, V, AXP, TGTTarget could be fined over $1 billion for card breach, analyst says
Target (TGT) may be fined $400 million to $1.1 billion for its credit card data breach late last year, research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors last week. WHAT'S NEW: Target may be fined up to $1.1 billion for its violation of Payment Card Industry, or PCI, standards as a result of the data breach, Jefferies analyst Daniel Binder wrote. PCI was founded by Visa (V), MasterCard (MA), American Express (AXP) and other major credit card networks to adopt security controls for handling credit and debit card data. In addition to leading to a fine, the incident could hurt Target's sales, and lower the profits that it receives from holders of its credit card, Binder stated. The data breach could also hamper Target's ability to meet its $4B share buyback target for fiscal 2015, added Binder. He now expects the company to buy back only $1B of its shares in fiscal 2015, and he reduced his fiscal 2015 earnings per share estimate for the company to $4.29 from $4.41. The analyst trimmed his price target on the shares to $56 from $59 and kept a Hold rating on the stock. Contrary to a previous version of this story, PCI does not levy fines. Rather individual payment brands may impose financial consequences on businesses that are not compliant with PCI standards. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Target shares are down 2%, or 98c, to $55.66.
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April 16, 2014
16:09 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q1 U.S. card services net income up 9% to $876M
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16:06 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q1 EPS $1.33, consensus $1.30
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15:17 EDTAXPNotable companies reporting after market close
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07:08 EDTVVisa volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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April 15, 2014
14:48 EDTAXPEarnings Preview: American Express to report results amid positive card trends
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12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports March write-off rate 1.8% vs. 1.7% last month
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10:00 EDTV, MAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:53 EDTAXP, V, MAAmazon.com rejects bitcoin, doesn't rule out payment network, Re/code says
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06:43 EDTAXPFormer AmEx Singapore employee fined for client data misuse, Bloomberg says
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05:53 EDTVVisa upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
Janney Capital upgraded Visa to Buy citing the recent pullback in shares and raised its price target for the stock to $240 from $210.
05:53 EDTMAMasterCard upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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April 14, 2014
11:59 EDTMAStocks with call strike movement; C MA
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10:56 EDTV, MAMasterCard, Visa rise after analysts recommend their shares
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10:02 EDTV, MAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:02 EDTV, MAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
06:53 EDTTGTTarget breach sparks retail push to upgrade card technology, Bloomberg says
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06:03 EDTMAMasterCard initiated with a Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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06:03 EDTVVisa initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest
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05:38 EDTMAMasterCard upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
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05:37 EDTVVisa upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
RW Baird upgraded Visa to Outperform citing a more attractive risk/reward following the recent pullback in shares. The firm has a $245 price target for the stock.
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