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February 3, 2014
11:39 EDTTGT, V, MA, AXPTarget 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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September 15, 2014
09:59 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Realty (ARCP) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Athlon Energy (ATHL) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Capital Product (CPLP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Continental Resources (CLR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Costco (COST) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... NRG Yield (NYLD) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Solutions (PSIX) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Team (TISI) initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi... Wal-Mart (WMT) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Winnebago (WGO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital.
06:11 EDTTGTTarget initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup started shares of Target with a Neutral rating saying the risk/reward is fair with valuation at three year highs. Citi believes Target is taking the right steps to improve execution and set a $66 price target for the stock.
September 14, 2014
12:15 EDTAXPAmerican Express could rise almost 30%, Barron's says
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September 12, 2014
06:35 EDTMA, V, AXPApple getting discounted card fees for Apple Pay, NY Times reports
Banks are charging Apple lower than usual credit card fees for the tech giant's new mobile payment system, according to The New York Times. The banks hope that participating in Apple Pay will enable them to process transactions that aren't currently being paid for with credit cards, the newspaper explained. The banks and credit card networks also hope to use Apple Pay to prevent technologies that don't incorporate banks from becoming popular, The Times reported. Publicly traded credit card networks include American Express (AXP), Capital One (COF), Discover (DFS), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). Publicly traded banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC)..Reference Link
September 11, 2014
16:12 EDTVVisa to deposit $450M in litigation escrow account
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08:46 EDTVApple at work to bring Apple Pay service to Europe, FT says
Apple (AAPL), which is introducing its Apple Pay wallet technology only in the U.S. at launch, is in talks with banks and credit card organizations to expand the service to Europe, but there is still uncertainty over the timing, reported Financial Times. The periodical quotes Steve Perry, the chief digital officer at Visa Europe (V), as saying, "We are working closely with Apple and with our member banks to bring this new service to market in Europe." Reference Link
06:47 EDTMAEU rejects MasterCard appeal regarding card fee veto, Reuters says
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September 10, 2014
08:14 EDTAXP, V, MAVisa best positioned among card networks for Apple Pay, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Visa (V) is the best positioned to benefit from Apple Pay among credit card networks, as the firm notes that Visa cards were prominently displayed in the demonstrations, that accompanied the launch of the service. The firm thinks that Visa's technology leaves it well-positioned to play a critical role in fostering mobile payments with Apple and potentially others like Google (GOOGL). Pacific Crest adds that Apple Pay is also positive for MasterCard (MA) and American Express (AXP). It keeps an Outperform rating on Visa and Sector Perform ratings on MasterCard and American Express.
08:02 EDTV, MA, AXPApple Pay positive for Visa, MasterCard and American Express, says BofA/Merrill
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September 9, 2014
16:15 EDTTGTTarget CEO to narrow focus to re-energize 'signature' categories, WSJ says
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15:14 EDTVVisa to support consumer payments with Apple Pay
Visa (V) announced it is supporting consumer payments with the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple (AAPL) Watch. Thanks to a new capability called Visa Token Service, participating financial institutions in the U.S., and eventually abroad, will be able to add Visa debit and credit cards to Apple Pay, Apple’s new payment service, and enable their customers to make easy and secure purchases at select U.S. merchants both in stores and in apps. Visa Token Service technology works by replacing sensitive payment account information found on plastic cards with a digital account number or “token” that can be safely stored on mobile devices and used for in store and in app purchases. Visa will roll out the service to financial institutions in phases, initially supporting early participants in the Apple Pay launch, and then extending the service availability to all of its U.S. clients.
15:11 EDTMAMasterCard works with Apple to integrate Apply Pay
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14:54 EDTV, AXP, MAApple announces Apple Pay
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14:38 EDTVVisa launches Visa Token Service for ecommerce and mobile payments
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13:59 EDTV, MAVisa, MasterCard near highs of day after Apple confirms mobile payment plans
13:58 EDTTGTStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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07:28 EDTAXP, MAThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
12:29 EDTTGTHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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10:17 EDTAXPAmerican Express President says won't comment on press speculation on Apple
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07:24 EDTAXPBarclays to hold a conference
Global Financial Services Conference to be held in New York on September 8-10.
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