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June 30, 2014
12:15 EDTV, USBU.S. Bancorp reaches settlement with U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Bancorp (USB) announced that it has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in order to resolve an investigation relating to the endorsement of mortgage loans under the Federal Housing Administration’s insurance program. The company cooperated fully with the DOJ investigation and chose to settle this matter for $200M without an admission of liability to avoid the path of costly and protracted litigation as well as distractions to the business. U.S. Bancorp has a legacy of being a respected mortgage lender, including a decades-long, strong working relationship with HUD and its FHA loan programs. In addition, during Q2 and prior to the settlement agreement with the DOJ, the company sold 3M shares of the Class B common stock of Visa (V) resulting in a net pretax gain of $214M. After the sale, the company continues to own approximately 9.6M Visa Class B shares. The combination of the settlement and the sale of Visa Class B shares is expected to be neutral to earnings-per-share in Q2.
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May 29, 2015
07:09 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp says may need to cut jobs if interest rates don't rise, WSJ reports
Richard Davis, the chairman and CEO of U.S. Bancorp, warned that if interest rates do not rise as expected, the bank may have to cut jobs, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing comments made at an investor conference. Davis commented, “If we’re wrong and rates actually aren’t going to move up…trust me, we will cut expenses." Davis noted that there are no current plans to cut jobs, and still believes rates will begin rising in September or December. Reference Link
May 28, 2015
13:52 EDTVVisa says Google first partner to participate in Digital Enablement Program
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May 26, 2015
20:50 EDTVBernstein to hold a conference
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May 20, 2015
10:00 EDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:21 EDTUSBATM data theft soars to highest rate in two decades, WSJ says
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07:36 EDTVMasterCard Visa risk/reward positive, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V) offer secular growth, defensiveness, and cash generation. The firm says the companies have "compelling business models" and modest risk. Moreover, the firm believes that the stocks offer opportunity, as it expects investors' concerns about disruption, regulation and growth to dissipate.
May 19, 2015
16:51 EDTV, VVisa initiated with an Outperform at CLSA
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07:32 EDTVPacific Crest shifts preference to MasterCard, upgrades to buy
Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard (MA) from Visa (V) and upgraded the stock to Overweight from Sector Weight. Beck believes interchange legislation in Europe may have an unintended consequence of benefiting global open-loop payment networks, favoring both MasterCard and Visa. The changes are also positive for eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and mixed for American Express (AXP), Beck tells investors today in a research note. He points out his preference for MasterCard relative to Visa follows the latter company's outperformance over the past year. Beck has a $110 price target for MasterCard shares. The stock closed yesterday down 14c to $93.08.
07:13 EDTUSBBarclays to hold a conference
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06:24 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp and Bank of America win dismissal of mortgage claims, Reuters says
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