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January 13, 2014
07:39 EDTGPN, TSS, MA, V, DFSDurbin Trial oral arguments could cause group volatility, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna noted that Durbin appeals case is scheduled to begin on January 17 and they believe the oral arguments could generate meaningful volatility for the credit services group. The firm expects the oral proceedings to reveal which side may hold the legal edge; either the Federal Reserve or merchants. The case will determine routing exclusivity and debit interchange fees.
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January 28, 2016
14:13 EDTMA, VEarnings Watch: Visa to report after co-brand wins, Visa Europe deal
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14:00 EDTVVisa technical notes before earnings
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12:50 EDTMAMasterCard technical preview ahead of earnings news
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12:20 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street have moved all over the place in a wild morning of trading. The averages opened sharply higher as oil prices rose above $34 a barrel. The Dow opened with triple digit gains but following reports from Iraq that it would increase oil production, and refutations of rumors that OPEC might cut production, the commodity began to weaken, taking equities with it. The averages turned negative and it looked like another rout might be in the making. Before the market fell too far, it gathered itself and moved back into positive ground and the major averages are now in the green, but not far from where they ended yesterday's session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index for December rose 0.1%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Facebook (FB) surged 14.5% after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. Wall Street analysts were nearly unanimous in their praise following the report, with a number increasing their price targets for its shares... Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded about 2% this morning after the company jumped over its lowered profit hurdle... Shares of eBay (EBAY) and PayPal (PYPL) diverged after the recently-split companies reported their respective fourth quarter results and gave guidance, with eBay falling 13% and PayPal rising 7% near midday... The Dow Jones US Healthcare ETF (IYH) fell over 2% at midday after a number of big-names in the space gave disappointing guidance. Celgene (CELG) fell 5% following its Q4 report and fiscal year outlook, while Abbott (ABT) dropped 8% in the wake of its own results and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kinder Morgan (KMI), which rallied 8.5% after it was upgraded at Credit Suisse and Stifel. Also higher were Under Armour (UA), Dolby (DLB) and Deluxe (DLX), which gained 18%, 11% and 9%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was OSI Systems (OSIS), which fell 35% and was downgraded to Hold at BB&T following downbeat quarterly earnings. Also lower were Qualcomm (QCOM) and Discover (DFS), which each dropped about 7% after their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 1.37, or 0.01%, to 15,945.83, the Nasdaq was up 21.12, or 0.47%, to 4,489.28, and the S&P 500 was up 3.36, or 0.18%, to 1,886.31.
08:13 EDTDFSDiscover shares should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
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07:14 EDTDFSDiscover outlook still positive despite miss, says Wells Fargo
After Discover reported lower than expected EPS, Wells Fargo blamed the miss on higher credit costs. The firm still expects the company to have about 1.3 percentage points of positive operating leverage this year, along with 2.3% core revenue growth, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:44 EDTMAMasterCard volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 27, 2016
19:30 EDTDFSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), up 11.4%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 6.4%... Paypal (PYPL), up 5%... Crown Castle (CCI), up 2.2%... Citrix (CTXS), up 2.4%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), up 1%... SanDisk (SNDK), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Radius Health (RDUS), up 1.2% after announcing a clinical collaboration with Novartis (NVS)... LinkedIn (LNKD) is up 2.4%, Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) is up 2.2% and 2.6%, respectively, Netflix (NFLX) is up 1%, Amazon.com (AMZN) is up 2%, and Twitter (TWTR) is up marginally after Facebook reported quarterly results... MGM Resorts (MGM) is up 2.2% and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) is up 2.2%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: ServiceNow (NOW), down 16.5%... eBay (EBAY), down 12.8%... United Rentals (URI), down 9.7%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 9.6%... Silicon Graphics (SGI), down 9.1%... Discover Financial (DFS), down 7.4%... InvenSense (INVN), down 6.1%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 4.3%... Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), down 1.1%. ALSO LOWER: Incyte (INCY), down 12.8% after announcing that it will halt the Phase 2 sub-study of ruxolitinib or placebo in combination with regorafenib after a planned interim analysis of the high CRP subgroup demonstrated that ruxolitinib plus regorafenib did not show a sufficient level of efficacy to warrant continuation.
16:18 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q4 EPS $1.14, consensus $1.30
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14:34 EDTDFSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
10:00 EDTTSSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:56 EDTVVisa volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:53 EDTTSSTSYS downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis
06:32 EDTTSSTSYS downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis
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January 26, 2016
16:22 EDTTSSTSYS sees FY16 adjusted EPS $2.56-$2.62, consensus $2.63
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16:21 EDTTSSTSYS reports Q4 adjusted EPS 57c, consensus 60c
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16:20 EDTTSSTSYS acquires TransFirst for $2.35B in cash
TSYS announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Vista Equity Partners to acquire TransFirst, a Vista portfolio company and U.S. merchant solutions provider, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.35B. The board of TSYS has approved the transaction, which is expected to close in Q2 of 2016, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. TSYS expects the transaction to be accretive in the low double digits to adjusted EPS for the first twelve-month period following closing, excluding one-time acquisition-related fees and expenses. Effective with the closing of the transaction, Mark Pyke, senior executive vice president and president of the TSYS Merchant segment, will be leaving TSYS after six years of service to pursue a new professional challenge in the payments industry. John Shlonsky will assume Pyke's duties and responsibilities for the combined businesses at that time.
09:02 EDTMAMasterCard says JetBlue to accept digital payments with MasterPass
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07:57 EDTVVisa shares 'becoming increasingly attractive,' says Bernstein
After Visa's stock fell 7% so far this year, Bernstein says the stock "is becoming an increasingly attractive, defensive investment in a bearish market." The firm expects the company's EPS to increase 19% through 2020, and says fears about the impact of macro issues on Visa's EPS growth are overdone. Most of the company's EPS growth will come from business model changes and factors that won't be impacted by the macro performance, the firm stated. It keeps a $90 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
January 25, 2016
06:43 EDTDFSAmerican Express downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Cheryl Pate downgraded American Express (AXP) to Equal Weight saying double digit earnings growth is pushed out until at least 2018. The company's growth story is "increasingly under pressure" amid an evolving payments landscape, Pate tells investors in a research note. The analyst cut her price target for American Express shares to $64. The stock closed Friday down $7.59 to $55.05 following the company's Q4 earnings miss. Pate sees a better risk/reward for shares of Discover (DFS), her top pick in the credit card space. Oppenheimer analyst Ben Chittenden this morning upgraded American Express to his firm's neutral rating.
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