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January 13, 2014
05:51 EDTAXP, MA, VVisa upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Visa (V) to Buy citing last year's underperformance when compared to MasterCard (MA) and the possibility of a positive Fed debit exclusivity ruling. Citi says it sill prefers MasterCard over the longer term and notes American Express (AXP) remains its top pick again in the space for 2014. The firm raised its price target for Visa shares to $265 from $212, for MasterCard to $965 from $835, and for American Express to $104 from $88.
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April 15, 2015
08:07 EDTMAMeta Financial added as partner of Univision MasterCard prepaid card
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05:10 EDTVHP selects Antonio Lucio as Chief Marketing Officer of HP Inc.
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April 14, 2015
18:41 EDTV, MATarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, WSJ says
According to people familiar with the negotiations, Target (TGT) is approaching a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to reimburse financial institutions roughly $20M for costs they incurred from the retailer’s massive data breach in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports. Target is negotiating a separate settlement with Visa (V), according to sources, WSJ added. Reference Link
18:17 EDTMATarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, DJ says
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16:36 EDTVVisa announces resignation of Chief Brand Officer Antonio Lucio
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12:09 EDTV, AXP, MAAmEx to team up with Jawbone for payments via fitness bands, WSJ reports
American Express is planning to team up with Jawbone to allow AmEx cardholders to make purchases via their fitness bands at certain merchants, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. A source says that the payment mechanism is not expected to be part of Jawbone's UP3, which will begin shipping this month, but will be available on a future offering. It is unclear whether Jawbone will expand the program to accept payments processed by MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). Reference Link
09:02 EDTMAProPay adds MasterCard MasterPass checkout service
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April 13, 2015
16:18 EDTAXPAmerican Express transferred with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo transferred coverage of American Express with a Market Perform rating and raised its price target range for shares to $80-$83 from $78-$83. Wells says the stock's valuation is at the top of major credit card issuers, which it feels adequately reflects Amex's "superior return profile."
07:15 EDTAXPAmerican Express shares could hit $105 in 18 months, says William Blair
William Blair analyst Robert Napoli says shares of American Express (AXP) are trading at nearly a 20% valuation discount to the S&P 500, reflecting "very high" pessimism in the name. Napoli tells investors today that other periods of "extreme pessimism" for American Express included 1998, 2001, and 2008/2009, with each proving to be a buying opportunity. He believes the current period will be no different. Napoli expects Amex shares to trend to historical valuation levels as investors look past the loss of Costco (COST) and better appreciate the company's growth opportunities. The analyst believes a stock price of around $105 is “reasonable” in about 18 months. The credit card issuer closed Friday up 43c to $79.59.
April 10, 2015
08:29 EDTAXPAmerican Express April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 8, 2015
09:38 EDTAXPAmerican Express upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Portales
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06:30 EDTV, MA, AXPCapital One remains top card issuer pick at Citigroup
In its preview of Q1 results, Citigroup says Capital One (COF) remains its top pick among the card issuers given the company's "strong" card loan growth, capital return and "reasonable" valuation. Citi keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $95 price target. The firm continues to see a "modestly" improving U.S. consumer, and also has Buy ratings on American Express (AXP), Discover (DFS), MasterCard (MA), Synchrony Financial (SYF) and Visa (V). Citi thinks investor sentiment has become more negative for card issuers around provisioning for loan growth with the group posting mixed stock performance thus far in 2015.
April 7, 2015
19:54 EDTAXPCisco, American Express invest in mobile wallet startup, Economic Times says
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11:02 EDTAXP, VAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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10:05 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:51 EDTAXPAmerican Express downgraded at Oppenheimer
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07:16 EDTV, AXPRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmEx’s margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
06:36 EDTAXPAmerican Express downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
April 6, 2015
09:02 EDTMABrink's, NetSpend launch Brink's prepaid MasterCard
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