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March 21, 2014
08:02 EDTV, DFSVisa, 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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July 24, 2014
16:09 EDTVVisa reports Q3 EPS $2.17, consensus $2.10
Reports Q3 revenue $3.2B, consensus $3.15B.
15:29 EDTVNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:31 EDTVVisa July weekly 220 straddle priced for 2.7% move into Q3
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14:07 EDTVEarnings Preview: Visa to report results amid credit metric improvements
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 24 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a credit card network. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.10 on revenue of $3.15B. The consensus range is $1.99-$2.17 for EPS, and $3.05B-$3.22B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Visa reported stronger than expected second quarter results, as its payments volume jumped 12% year-over-year during the quarter. The company predicted that its earnings per share would rise by mid to high teen percentage levels in fiscal 2014. "Softer net revenue growth was impacted by a strengthening U.S. dollar and difficult year-over-year comparisons due to non-recurring items," said Visa CEO Charlie Scharf. These negative factors will have a slightly greater impact in Visa's third quarter before easing in the fourth quarter, the CEO added. On May 19, Scharf said that rising interest rates are good for the credit card business. BANKS' CREDIT METRICS: A number of banks reported that their credit metrics had improved last quarter, potentially boding well for Visa's results. For example, JPMorgan (JPM) said that its total consumer provision for loan losses fell $345M last quarter, while consumer net chargeoffs dropped to $1.2B from $1.5B in the same period a year earlier. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo (WFC) reported that it saw "broad based growth" in its credit card business. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on July 17, Oppenheimer analyst Glen Greene wrote that although Visa and MasterCard's stocks had "temporarily paused," he remained upbeat on their long-term and intermediate term growth potential. Over the longer term ,the companies also enjoy competitive barriers to entry and "highly attractive business models," Greene believes. He preferred Visa but kept Outperform rating on both names. PRICE ACTION: Visa's stock is flat on the year, but up more than 6% in the last three months.
July 23, 2014
09:43 EDTDFSDiscover sees FY14 operating expense $3.3B, NIM relatively stable
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July 22, 2014
16:08 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 EPS $1.35, consensus $1.30
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15:30 EDTDFSNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:47 EDTVVisa July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and growth outlook
Visa July weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, August is at 20, September is at 17, December is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 24.
July 21, 2014
13:36 EDTVSmartMetric files patent infringement suit against Visa, MasterCard
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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTVVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
14:25 EDTVVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
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July 17, 2014
07:37 EDTVVisa MasterCard underperformance creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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July 16, 2014
14:36 EDTVVisa launches Visa Checkout payment service
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July 15, 2014
08:48 EDTDFSDiscover reports June net charge-offs 1.82% vs. 1.97% last month
Reports June delinquency rate 1.45% vs. 1.47% last month.
July 10, 2014
10:05 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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