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June 30, 2014
12:15 EDTUSB, VU.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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September 16, 2014
07:40 EDTVVisa initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein
Target $262.
September 15, 2014
16:39 EDTVVisa initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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16:33 EDTVVisa initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
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September 12, 2014
07:41 EDTUSBBank lending grew in quarter, with Capital One leading pack, WSJ reports
Total loans outstanding at U.S. banks and thrifts grew by $178.5B in the second quarter, with Capital One Financial (COF) leading the big banks by growing its loans at an annualized rate of 12.5%, according to SNL Financial data, reported The Wall Street Journal. SNL said 14 of the 15 largest U.S. banks increased their lending, with only Bank of America (BAC) issuing fewer loans than the quarter before, largely attributed to a drop in U.S. closed-end residential mortgages, the report noted. Other publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:35 EDTUSB, VApple 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
07:21 EDTUSBBankruptcy bill focused on big bank failure moves past committee, WSJ says
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September 10, 2014
08:14 EDTVVisa 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 EDTVApple Pay positive for Visa, MasterCard and American Express, says BofA/Merrill
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07:16 EDTUSBRepublicans, Democrats both push for harder 'too big to fail' rules, WSJ says
Lawmakers from both the Republican and Democrat sides of the aisle urged U.S. regulators to push forward additional regulations to ensure the biggest banks aren't "too big to fail," said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. 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
06:35 EDTUSBFed may raise capital requirement for some banks to 11.5%, NY Times reports
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September 9, 2014
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.
14:54 EDTVApple 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 EDTVVisa, MasterCard near highs of day after Apple confirms mobile payment plans
07:13 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp long-term goals include ROE 16%-19%
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06:33 EDTUSBFed looks set to pressure large banks to shrink, NY Times says
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September 5, 2014
07:30 EDTVApple iWallet would be positive for payment networks, says JPMorgan
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06:37 EDTVMasterCard, Visa to roll out new 'tokenization' technology, WSJ reports
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