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February 26, 2013
10:32 EDTV, JPMVisa, JPMorgan sign LOI for new and expanded partnership agreement
Visa (V) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) announced that the companies have agreed to a letter of intent for a new and expanded 10-year renewable partnership agreement. Under terms of the planned deal, JPMorgan Chase will launch Chase Merchant Services, a payments platform powered by Visa that JPMorgan Chase will use to create more differentiated experiences for its merchants and cardholders. The platform will process transactions initiated with JPMorgan Chase-issued Visa cards at merchants that JPMorgan Chase enrolls in Chase Merchant Services. As part of the agreement, JPMorgan Chase also will shift additional credit and debit card volume to Visa, driving more transactions on the Visa network.
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January 29, 2015
13:31 EDTVVisa technical notes before earnings
On the daily chart there is a clear rounded top pattern that follows a large bullish gap and run back in October of last year. This is a bearish chart, and if we were clear of earnings news it would suggest the stock was better for a sale. As we know, patterns and chart conditions are subject to failure more in earnings season than at any other time, other than unexpected events. If there is a negative surprise, support levels to watch as potential downside objectives are at $240.98 and then at $236.65 and $228.02. The latter level is the top of the bullish gap from October. If the news is a positive surprise, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives are at $250.92, $258.45, and $264.47. The $260 level may be tough resistance to overcome unless the news is extremely positive.
13:24 EDTVEarnings Preview: Analysts have mixed views on Visa ahead of results
Visa (V) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 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 $2.49 on revenue of $3.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.40-$2.58 on revenue of $3.26B-$3.44B. LAST QUARTER: Visa reported stronger than expected fourth quarter profit and revenue. Its payments' volume growth increased 12%, versus the same period a year earlier. Visa maintained its outlook for revenue gains in the low double percentage levels in fiscal 2015. Visa also authorized a new $5B share repurchase program. Visa CEO Charlie Scharf said that he believes that mobile payment platforms will significantly increase Visa’s growth, Reuters reported on October 30. STREET RESEARCH: Although Visa is facing significant foreign exchange headwinds and lower gas sales could cut its volumes in the near-term, its near-term fundamentals and long-term outlook remain encouraging, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors on January 23..Few companies have such “strong, defensible market positions” and upbeat long-term growth prospects, the firm contended. Oppenheimer left its 2015 and 2016 EPS estimates for Visa unchanged and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Bernstein on January 26 raised its price target on Visa to $283 from $262, citing a number of positive trends, including margin expansion caused by a shift to online purchases that have higher margins,. Also likely to help Visa are higher global payments volumes due to more favorable to macro trends and market share, and the conversion of the Chase portfolio to Visa in the U.S., the firm contended. Online purchases have higher margins partly because they have a greater percentage of credit card versus debit transactions, and are more likely to be international transactions, the firm explained. Bernstein expects Visa to report in-line Q1 EPS, but it predicts that the company’s 2015 EPS guidance will beat expectations by 6c. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Less upbeat was Wells Fargo, which predicted that Visa would report weaker than expected results. Visa’s transaction growth was probably in-line with expectations, as retailers’ comments do not indicate that it will beat expectations, the firm believes. Meanwhile, foreign exchange fluctuations are likely to weigh on Visa’s results, making a significant earnings beat unlikely, Wells believes. It kept a Market Perform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Visa's stock is up 14.5% over the last three months but down 6% year-to-date.
12:12 EDTVVisa January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Visa January weekly call option implied volatility is at 115, February is at 33, March is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 29.
January 28, 2015
16:56 EDTJPMFederal judge says FOREX manipulation case to proceed, Reuters reports
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January 27, 2015
13:20 EDTJPMJPMorgan made as much as $300M on franc move, Bloomberg says
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12:45 EDTJPMJPMorgan made as much as $300M on Swiss franc move, Bloomberg says
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11:38 EDTVVisa January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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January 26, 2015
12:49 EDTJPMFederal Reserve discloses plan to improve U.S. payment system, WSJ reports
The Federal Reserve released a plan that would improve the U.S. payment system, saying the current outlook, which covers banking, checking, credit cards and online transactions is fragmented and outdated with respect to new technologies that may harm consumers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Federal Reserve invited banks, credit card companies and payment processors to coordinate efforts. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
08:56 EDTVVisa price target raised to $283 from $262 at Bernstein
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January 25, 2015
17:30 EDTJPMDelta Air Lines, Ford, four others could shine this year, Barron's says
Delta Air Lines (DAL), Ford (F), Discover (DFS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Lam Research (LRCX), and Micron Technology (MU) could all provide growth at a reasonable price this year, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
07:23 EDTJPMBass does not expect large U.S. banks to break up
Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), and Wells Fargo (WFC). Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital continues speaking on CNBC.
06:42 EDTJPMU.S. banks preparing for prolonged low bond yields, Reuters says
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January 22, 2015
16:22 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Dimon gets stock-based compensation of 198.5K shares for 2014
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14:36 EDTJPMCFPB fines Wells Fargo, JPMorgan for kickback scheme
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06:26 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO expected to receive $20M pay package for 2014, WSJ reports
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January 21, 2015
13:54 EDTJPMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:38 EDTVEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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January 20, 2015
09:44 EDTVSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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06:58 EDTJPMBlackRock, Fidelity close to launching 'dark pool,' WSJ reports
Some of the largest mutual fund firms, including Fidelity, BlackRock (BLK), Bank of New York Mellon (BK),, T. Row Price (TROW) and JP Morgan (JPM) are among the firms that are close to launching a new "dark pool," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The effort, which involves nine firms in total, would look to shut out sell-side trading desks and high-speed trading firms. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTJPMMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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