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News For V;MA;AXP;ACN;XRX;PAY;DFS;VNTV;IFX;WMT;BAC;WFC;TI From The Last 14 Days
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October 30, 2014
12:43 EDTWMTWal-Mart to close 30 underperforming stores in Japan
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12:03 EDTMA, VChina signals easier restrictions on foreign credit cards, WSJ says
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11:44 EDTMA, VVisa, MasterCard advance after results beat expectations
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10:44 EDTVVisa rallies sharply after results, levels to watch
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10:26 EDTVHigh option volume stocks
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10:02 EDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Banco Bradesco (BBD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Grand Canyon (LOPE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... MicroStrategy (MSTR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Moelis (MC) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... STMicroelectronics (STM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Sealed Air (SEE) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Software AG (STWRY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Southwest (LUV) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Sprint (S) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Take-Two (TTWO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... TriQuint (TQNT) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:34 EDTMAMasterCard CEO says first few weeks of Apple Pay 'very encouraging'
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09:30 EDTMAMasterCard still sees net revenue CAGR 11%-14% in FY13-FY15
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09:28 EDTMAMasterCard says most business drivers up in October versus Q3
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09:27 EDTMAMasterCard says FY14 net revenue growth view now 'slightly better' than prior
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09:19 EDTMAMasterCard CEO says mobile strategy is to work with 'all players'
MasterCard (MA) CEO Ajaypal Banga says that while the company has worked closely with Apple (AAPL) on Apple Pay, which has garnered significant attention, that the company's strategy for mobile payments will be to work with "all players" to make it as easy as possible for all MasterCard customers.
09:14 EDTMAMasterCard CEO says nothing new to report on European legislation
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09:14 EDTMA, VOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Visa (V), up 4%... MasterCard (MA), up 2.5%... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), up 12.5%... TASER (TASR), up 4%... JDSU (JDSU), up 3.8%... Radian Group (RDN), up 9%... DreamWorks Animation (DWA), up 1.7%... Take-Two (TTWO), up 7.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Grand Canyon (LOPE), up 10.5%, upgraded at Piper Jaffray after the company formed a committee to explore conversion to a nonprofit entity... Walter Energy (WLT), up 6.8% after lowering FY14 capital expenditures view, reporting lower than expected losses... Novavax (NVAX), up 7% after getting fast track designation for H7N9 VLP. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), down 16.6%... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), down 18.4%... Pacira (PCRX), down 6.4%. ALSO LOWER: Sturm, Ruger (RGR), down 10% following Q3 results, cutting Q3 dividend. Peer gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC) also down 3.7% after Ruger's report... Western Gas Partners (WES), down 4.4% after its 7.5M common units spot secondary priced at $70.85... ACCO Brands (ACCO), down 1.1%, downgraded at KeyBanc following the company's Q3 results... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 1.1% after reported to be recalling over 300K Ram trucks due to fire concern... Inogen (INGN), down 2.3% after 2.1M share secondary offering of common stock priced at $21.50.
08:54 EDTWMTWal-Mart considers matching online prices from Amazon for holidays, WSJ says
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08:50 EDTVVisa shares should be bought, says Pacific Crest
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08:41 EDTVVisa Q4 results broadly encouraging, says Stifel
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08:03 EDTMAMasterCard reports Q3 EPS 87c, consensus 78c
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08:02 EDTVVisa guidance allays concerns, says Oppenheimer
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08:01 EDTVNTVVantiv agrees to provide merchant services for MUFG Union Bank
Vantiv announced that it has reached an agreement with MUFG Union Bank, N.A. to provide merchant services to their commercial & corporate relationships. MUFG Union Bank provides an array of financial services to middle-market companies and major corporations, and the bank operates more than 400 branches across the United States, including in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia.
07:32 EDTWFCRaymond James affiliate Steward Partners recruits Wells Fargo team
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07:29 EDTVeBay to integrate QIWI Wallet in Russia
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07:07 EDTVNTVVantiv sees Q4 adjusted EPS 50c-53c, consensus 54c
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07:06 EDTVNTVVantiv reports Q3 adjusted EPS 49c, consensus 49c
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06:47 EDTAXP, MA, VVisa projects mobile payments will boost growth, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTWMTMajor merchant group could accept NFC technology, NY Times says
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06:06 EDTVVisa upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded Visa to Outperform with a $260 price target citing continued business model strength follow the company's Q4 results.
06:04 EDTWMTMCX says unauthorized parties obtained email addresses of CurrentC participants
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October 29, 2014
19:18 EDTWFCAppellate court upholds $203M judgement against Wells Fargo
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18:59 EDTMA, VOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:11 EDTVVisa up over 3% following Q4 results, guidance
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16:11 EDTVVisa sees FY15 annual diluted class A common stock EPS growth in mid-teens
FY15 EPS consensus $10.36.
16:10 EDTVVisa sees FY15 annual net revenue growth low double digits, consensus $13.96B
Guidance in constant dollars. Sees FY15: annual operating margin in mid-60's, tax rate in low 30's, annual free cash flow greater than $6B.
16:07 EDTVVisa says Q4 payments volume growth was 12% over the prior year
Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended June 30, on which fiscal fourth quarter service revenue is recognized, was 12% over the prior year at $1.2T. Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended September 30, was 11% over the prior year at $1.2T. Cross-border volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, was 10% for the three months ended September 30, 2014. Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet, for the three months ended September 30, 2014, were 16.9B, a 9% increase over the prior year.
16:06 EDTVVisa authorizes new $5B share repurchase program
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16:05 EDTVVisa reports Q4 adjusted EPS $2.18, consensus $2.10
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15:53 EDTVNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:41 EDTMANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:04 EDTMAEarnings Preview: MasterCard to report after mixed competitor results
MasterCard (MA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market opens on October 30, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 AM ET. MasterCard is a credit card network. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 78c on revenue of $2.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 76c-81c on revenue of $2.41B-$2.49B. LAST QUARTER: MasterCard reported higher than expected second quarter profit and revenue, and said that its processed transactions jumped 12% in Q2. However, on September 17 the company estimated that its fiscal 2014 revenue growth would be at the lower end of its 2013-2015 compound annual growth rate target of 11%-14%. COMPETITORS’ RESULTS: American Express (AXP) reported higher than expected profits but roughly in-line revenue on October 15, while Capital One’s (COF) profits came in below expectations and its revenue was slightly higher than expected. A number of large banks, including JPMorgan (JPM) and Citigroup (C), said that they had seen the credit trends of customers improve last quarter. STREET RESEARCH: Barron's recently sounded a positive note on MasterCard, saying that the stock "looks reasonable" and could gain 15% in 2015, as its earnings look set to increase 15% over the next year. Also upbeat was Piper Jaffray, which predicted on October 13 that MasterCard's Q3 results would "show solid momentum," as a result of stronger U.S. consumer spending and solid cross-border volume growth. The firm did, however, slightly lower its 2015 estimates for the company, citing foreign exchange and macro headwinds.The firm remained upbeat on the company's longer term outlook, as it believes that the proliferation of mobile payments and mobile devices is accelerating the shift to electronic transactions from cash and checks. Piper trimmed its price target on the name to $88 from $91 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: MasterCard is up 6% in the last six months, but it's up just 4% over the last year.
12:58 EDTVEarnings Preview: Analysts cautious on Visa into Q4 results
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11:48 EDTWMTCurrentC mobile payment system endures breach, Business Insider says
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07:53 EDTWMTMCX member stores block Apple Pay amid threat of fines, NY Times says
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07:26 EDTWFC, BACSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a forum
The SIFMA Complex Products Forum is being held in New York on October 29.
October 28, 2014
15:21 EDTMAMasterCard October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:44 EDTWMTGameStop weakness on Wal-Mart news a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes the impact of Wal-Mart (WMT) on GameStop's (GME) used business will be immaterial and views today's pullback as a buying opportunity. Piper notes that the entrance of Wal-Mart into any market should not be taken lightly, but other retailers have tried and failed before to enter the used game business and that Wal-Mart's entry actually refutes the bear thesis on GameStop that the used game business is not attractive. The firm maintains its Overweight rating and $53 price target on GameStop.
10:27 EDTWMTGameStop retreats after Wal-Mart begins selling used video games
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09:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart says 1,700 stores selling pre-owned video games
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08:12 EDTWFCBurdale to adopt Wells Fargo trade name
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07:51 EDTVVisa weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:56 EDTWMTWal-Mart rejecting Apple Pay for consumer 'best interests', Business Insider say
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06:39 EDTBACSEC undecided on Bank of America business curbs, WSJ reports
An international disagreement within the SEC is threatening potentially lucrative revenue streams at Bank of America, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people close to the situation, the SEC is deadlocked on whether to allow the bank to continue selling share sin hedge funds and startups to wealthy investors. The deadlock is also over the company's ability to quickly issue stocks and bonds without the speed bump of an SEC review. Reference Link
06:38 EDTWMTApple says Apple Pay in 220,000 locations already, Business Insider reports
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October 27, 2014
11:07 EDTBACFINRA fines Merrill $6M for Reg SHO violations, supervisory violations
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, announced that it has censured and fined Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. $3.5M for violating Regulation SHO, an SEC rule that established a regulatory framework to govern short sales and prevent abusive naked short selling. FINRA also censured and fined its affiliated broker-dealer, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, $2.5M for failing to establish, maintain and enforce supervisory systems and procedures related to Regulation SHO and other areas. Reference Link
10:32 EDTAXP, PAY, MA, VVeriFone rises after Barron's says Apple Pay positive for company
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09:14 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:12 EDTACNAccenture, Structure team with UIL Holdings
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07:38 EDTWFCCyber security start-ups hot with investors, including banks, FT says
Corporate venture arms have more than doubled their investment in cyber security start-ups over the last two years, according to Financial Times, citing data from CB Insights. While technology companies such as Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC) and Cisco (CSCO) are leading, the report notes that the venture capital units of Citibank (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and General Electric (GE) have also been active investors in security start-ups. Reference Link
07:30 EDTXRXInternational Economic Forum of the Americas to hold a forum
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07:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Best Buy among companies rejecting Apple Pay, Business Insider says
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06:33 EDTBACRoku preparing IPO, NY Times says
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October 26, 2014
13:28 EDTV, MA, PAYApple Pay could make winners of VeriFone, others, Barron's says
Apple Pay (AAPL) could provide long-term investors with confidence in Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) as well as make winners of VeriFone (PAY), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and Synaptics (SYNA), Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
13:23 EDTV, MAMasterCard looks reasonable, Barron's says
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October 24, 2014
06:39 EDTTITelecom Italia nears agreement to divest TIM mobile towers, Reuters says
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October 23, 2014
13:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Sam's Club offering services to small businesses
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07:25 EDTWFCCitigroup, others careful of Ergen amid possible T-Mobile offer, Bloomberg says
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06:32 EDTWFC, BACGovernment relaxing mortgage regulations, NY Times says
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October 22, 2014
16:33 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:32 EDTVVisa increases dividend 20% to 48c from 40c
Visa announced that its board of directors had declared a quarterly dividend in the aggregate amount of 48c per share of class A common stock, determined in the case of class B and class C common stock on an as-converted basis, payable on December 2 to all holders of record of the company's class A, class B and class C common stock as of November 14. The quarterly dividend increase raises the annual dividend rate from $1.60 per share to $1.92 per share.
15:19 EDTBACBank of America Apple Pay glitch should be fixed today, Re/code reports
The Apple (AAPL) Pay glitch that some Bank of America (BAC) customers experienced, where they would be charged twice for a single transaction, should be fixed by today, Re/code reports, citing a person familiar with the error. Reference Link
12:53 EDTBACSome BofA customers charged twice by Apple Pay, CNN Money reports
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09:50 EDTWMTCredit Suisse to hold a field trip
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09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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08:00 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees opportunity with deeper move into Europe, WSJ says
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07:40 EDTDFSDiscover beat Q3 despite conservatism in reserves, say Susquehanna
Susquehanna said Discover reported a solid Q3 despite investing to build reserves. The firm said loan and revenue growth were in-line and the company is continuing to buy shares and improve capital ratios. Susquehanna reiterates its Positive rating and $77 price target on Discover.
07:36 EDTAXPFederal Reserve Bank of New York to hold a conference
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07:04 EDTXRXXerox sees Q4 adjusted EPS 30c-32c, consensus 31c
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07:04 EDTXRXXerox sees FY14 adjusted EPS $1.11-$1.13, consensus $1.11
07:04 EDTXRXXerox reports Q3 adjusted EPS 27c, consensus 26c
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October 21, 2014
16:44 EDTDFSDiscover sees FY14 operating expenses approximately $3.3B
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16:43 EDTDFSDiscover sees Q4 net interest margin down slightly
16:42 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q3 Tier 1 capital ratio 15.6%
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16:10 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q3 Discover Card sales volume $29.61B vs. $27.99B last year
Discover reports net charge-off rate for credit card loans increased 11 basis points from the prior year to 2.16% and the delinquency rate for loans over 30 days past due increased 4 basis points to 1.71%.
16:08 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q3 total loans up $4.6B to $67.4B
Discover reports Direct Banking pretax income of $981M in the quarter was up $63M, or 7%, from the prior year. Total loans ended the quarter at $67.3B, up 7.4% compared to the prior year. Credit card loans ended the quarter at $53.7B, up 6.6% from the prior year. Personal loans increased $835M, or 20.9%, from the prior year and private student loans increased $369M, or 4.5%, from the prior year. Excluding purchased student loans, private student loans grew $884 million, or 23.1%, from the prior year. Revenue net of interest expense increased $129M, up 7% from the prior year due to loan growth and net interest margin expansion.
16:06 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q3 EPS $1.37, consensus $1.34
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15:35 EDTXRXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:30 EDTDFSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Yahoo! (YHOO), consensus 30c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.34; Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.34; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 51c; Broadcom (BRCM), consensus 84c; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $3.80; FMC Technologies (FTI), consensus 74c; Robert Half International (RHI), consensus 58c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 22c; Nabors Industries (NBR), consensus 36c; Waste Connections (WCN), consensus 54c; Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST), consensus 4c; Sonic (SONC), consensus 34c; American Campus Communities (ACC), consensus 43c; Cree (CREE), consensus 36c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 20c; Costamare (CMRE), consensus 41c; Hawaiian Holdings (HA), consensus 78c; Ethan Allen (ETH), consensus 36c; Sabra Health (SBRA), consensus 55c; Rush Enterprises (RUSHA), consensus 51c.
08:18 EDTWFC, BACBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. 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). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
07:18 EDTXRXXerox volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 20, 2014
14:53 EDTAXPAmerican Express announces availability in Apple Pay
American Express (AXP) announces availability in Apple (AAPL) Pay, "the easy, safe and private way to pay with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3." Apple Pay will be available for eligible U.S. Consumer and OPEN American Express Card Members. Reference Link
12:28 EDTPAYNCR Corp. plummets after guidance lowered
Shares of payment solutions company NCR Corp. (NCR) are sinking after the firm’s third quarter forecasts missed analysts’ consensus estimates and it lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, NCR Corp. forecast Q3 EPS of 67c and revenue of $1.647B, below analysts' consensus estimates of 71c and $1.66B, respectively. Q3 free cash flow is seen at $132M, which includes the previously announced recovery of $93M related to the Fox River environmental matter. The company cited a challenging retail market as well as difficult global macroeconomic conditions, including foreign currency headwinds, for the weak outlook. WHAT'S NOTABLE: NCR Corp. lowered its FY14 EPS view to $2.60-$2.70 from $3.00-$3.10, compared to consensus of $3.00. It also cut its FY14 revenue outlook to $6.575B- $6.625B from $6.75B-$6.85B, versus consensus of $6.74B. The company said, “While we are disappointed by these results, our Financial Services business remains a bright spot, Q3 free cash flow improvement was strong, and our previously announced restructuring program is on track to deliver annual run-rate savings of approximately $90M by 2016. While we continue to be faced with challenging and uncertain market dynamics, we remain confident in the actions we are taking to address these challenges, including strengthening our Retail Solutions team and talent, as well as utilizing our restructuring program to allocate more resources to our highest growth, highest margin opportunities to drive long-term profitable growth.” PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, NCR Corp. fell $6.43, or about 21.5%, to $23.45 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $23.32. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 41% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the payment solutions business include VeriFone Systems (PAY) and Diebold (DBD).
08:16 EDTAXPAmerican Express upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill
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07:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico reports Q3 net income 4.87B pesos vs. 5.12B pesos last year
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTWMT, WFC, BACStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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12:34 EDTAXPAmerican Express to boost merchant adoption of secure payment terminals
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11:25 EDTPAYVeriFone wins appeal of patent ruling in favor of CardSoft
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10:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatile in mixed trading as it nears 52-week lows
The shares have been trading in a dollar range, but with multiple sweeps higher and lower this morning as price nears the 52-week low at $72.27. At the current price of $73.74, next support is at $73.03, the session low. Resistance is at $74.18, the high of the day.
08:00 EDTPAYVeriFone fundamentals unchanged despite sell-off, says Jefferies
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06:45 EDTWFCWells Fargo closes alternative trading system, Reuters says
In response to weak client demand, Wells Fargo is shutting down its "dark pool" trading system, according to Reuters, citing a spokeswoman from the bank. The spokeswoman said that even though the firm will cease offering alternative trading access, it will still offer customers electronic trading tools. Reference Link
October 16, 2014
16:43 EDTWFCWells Fargo commercial banking veteran in Florida Howard Halle to retire
Wells Fargo head of Commercial Banking in Florida, Howard Halle, will retire at year-end. A search for Halle’s successor is underway and is expected to be announced in early November.
16:23 EDTVJPMorgan announces Apple Pay to be available to Chase customers, merchants
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15:26 EDTVApple Pay available to millions of Visa cardholders
Visa (V) announced that starting October 20 eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S. will be able to use Apple (AAPL) Pay, Apple’s new payment service, to begin to make purchases at select U.S. merchants with their new iPhone. Visa is actively working with its client base of thousands of U.S. financial institutions to enable them to offer the new Apple Pay service to their account holders.
15:10 EDTAXPAmerican College of Gastroenterology to hold annual meeting
ACG Annual Scientific Meeting 2014 to be held in Philadlephia, PA on October 17-22.
14:09 EDTAXP, WFC, MA, BAC, VApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
10:01 EDTWFC, AXP, BACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTXRXAllegion selects Xerox in five-year agreement
Allegion (ALLE) selected Xerox (XRX) to support the company’s IT infrastructure as part of a five-year agreement. Xerox will support Allegion’s infrastructure by managing IT services.
09:39 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:27 EDTBACBank of America weakness overdone, buy shares, says Morgan Stanley
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08:23 EDTBACBofA CEO steps point to extended stay in post, Reuters reports
Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan has taken more control over the bank's retail business, has shifted executives into new positions and his sway with directors has increased since he recently became chairman, all of which signal that he plans to remain at the bank for "a minimum of five years," according to Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
07:44 EDTBACBank of America quarterly results trumped by market sell-off, says UBS
UBS believes Bank of America posted better than expected earnings with core expenses declining, but that the results were overshadowed by the market sell-off. The firm saw improved expense management and believes the company's changes to its portfolio will eventually be impacted by short term interest rates. UBS reiterates its Buy rating and $20 price target on Bank of America.
07:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart well positioned to execute turn-around, says UBS
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07:31 EDTWFCWells Fargo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
Argus upgraded Wells Fargo to Buy with a $54 price target based on valuation and high levels of profitability and returns.
06:34 EDTWMTWal-Mart head promises to upgrade minimum wage roles, Reuters says
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06:10 EDTAXPAmerican Express upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded American Express to Neutral with a $90 price target citing a more balanced outlook following the company's Q3 results.
05:57 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded Bank of America to Outperform with a $20 price target citing book value growth following the company's Q3 results. Shares closed yesterday down 28c to $15.48.
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