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March 21, 2014
08:02 EDTDFS, VVisa, PULSE agree on EMV common debt solution
Visa (V) and PULSE, a Discover Financial Services (DFS) company, announced an agreement to enable financial institutions that issue EMV debit cards on both the Visa and PULSE networks to use Visa’s common debit solution. Visa’s common application identifier supports U.S. debit regulations requiring the ability to route transactions over multiple, unaffiliated networks. A common debit solution shared among all participants will help to accelerate EMV chip adoption in the U.S. and provide a uniform platform that will enable network innovation. PULSE will use functionality on Visa’s common AID to facilitate all types of point-of-sale debit transactions on its network. In addition, the agreement enables PULSE to facilitate domestic ATM transactions on its network and provides for issuer choice in the routing of ATM transactions.
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November 23, 2014
15:30 EDTVVisa sees put option for Visa Europe in excess of $10B
In a regulatory filing from early Friday, Visa said, "We have granted Visa Europe a put option, which Visa Europe can exercise at any time and which would require us to purchase all outstanding capital stock from Visa Europe's members within 285 days. Given current economic conditions, the purchase price under the terms of the put option could likely be in excess of $10B dollars and we may need to obtain third-party financing in order to meet our obligation through the issuance of either debt or equity. An equity offering, or the payment of part of the exercise price with our stock, would dilute the ownership interests of our stockholders. Sufficient financing might not be available to us within that time on reasonable terms. In addition, we are required to assess any change in the fair value of the put option on a quarterly basis and record adjustments as necessary on our consolidated statements of operations. Consequently, the adjustments affect our reported net income and earnings per share. These quarterly adjustments and their resulting impact on our reported statements of operations could be significant. The existence of these changes in the fair value of the put option could adversely affect our ability to raise capital and increase any associated costs. If we acquire Visa Europe, we may also encounter difficulties in integrating Visa Europe's business and systems into our existing operations. If we cannot do so quickly and cost-effectively, the integration could divert the time and resources of senior management and other key resources, disrupt our current operations and adversely affect our results of operations. In addition, we would become subject to any ongoing or future regulatory disputes as a result of EU regulations that govern the operations of Visa Europe. We may also be required to assume any ongoing or future litigation involving Visa Europe."
November 20, 2014
10:02 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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November 19, 2014
16:39 EDTDFSDiscover initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein
Target $74.
November 18, 2014
06:23 EDTVSprint names Douglas Michelman to management team, to replace Bill White
Sprint (S) announced the appointment of Douglas Michelman to Sprint’s leadership team. Most recently, he spent 10 years as Chief Communications Officer at Visa (V), where he oversaw global media relations, public affairs, industry analyst relations and financial and communication strategies. Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles at FleishmanHillard, including regional president and senior partner. In addition to his many years of corporate experience, Michelman’s communications background also includes staff positions for two presidential campaigns. Michelman replaces Bill White, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, who will be leaving the company. White spent the past 32 years with Sprint. Michelman joins Sprint on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and will be relocating to Overland Park, Kansas.
November 17, 2014
08:32 EDTDFSDiscover reports October net charge-offs 1.53% vs. 1.65% last month
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06:07 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CREE V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Cree (CREE) 37, Visa (V) 17 according to iVolatility.
November 14, 2014
08:43 EDTVVisa price target raised to $305 from $241 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Visa as the firm is more upbeat about the pace of the company's innovations after meeting with its Global Head of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships. The firm believes that the company's innovations lower its disintermediation risk and may boost its transaction growth and enable it to launch new value-added services. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
November 13, 2014
10:01 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Adeptus Health (ADPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Baxano Surgical (BAXS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Summer Street... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Centene (CNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fleetmatics (FLTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Gazprom (OGZPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Jabil Circuit (JBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LabCorp (LH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded at BMO Capital... Macy's (M) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Swedbank (SWDBY) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Verint Systems (VRNT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
09:30 EDTDFSDiscover COO says U.S. consumer 'not great'
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07:38 EDTVBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
07:24 EDTVSunTrust to hold a conference
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06:05 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
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05:39 EDTDFSDiscover downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded Discover (DFS) to Hold with a $68 price target citing valuation and high expectations for loan growth. The firm sees a better risk/reward in shares of Capital One (COF), which it initiated this morning with a Buy.

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