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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTTGT, MA, M, VVisa, 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
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January 29, 2015
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
07:08 EDTMAMasterCard volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 27, 2015
11:38 EDTVVisa January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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10:04 EDTMAHigh option volume stocks: SIMG RMD SANM MA SIGM
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January 26, 2015
08:56 EDTVVisa price target raised to $283 from $262 at Bernstein
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January 23, 2015
13:59 EDTMAMasterCard confirms allowance of Cuban transactions with U.S.issued cards
MasterCard confirmed a report saying the company will allow credit card transactions in Cuba. The company will work with its U.S. issuers to support their Cuba-related activities and decisions. Before traveling to Cuba, U.S. cardholders should contact their bank to ensure the card will be supported on the island. Reference Link
13:54 EDTMAMasterCard to allow transactions in Cuba with U.S. cards, Reuters reports
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09:02 EDTMMacy's Sacramento fulfillment center to relocate to larger facility
Macy’s announced it plans to relocate its West Sacramento, CA, direct-to-consumer fulfillment center to a larger facility in a nearby location in Sacramento County to support continued sales growth driven by Macy’s omnichannel strategy. Contingent on approvals by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Macy’s will begin operations in summer 2015 at a 385,000-square-foot facility at 6200 Franklin St., creating approximately 100 new jobs. The current 92,000-square-foot fulfillment center is located about 10 miles away at 3919 Channel Drive in West Sacramento. The current workforce of 72 associates is planned to grow to more than 175 after the move. Macy’s multi-million-dollar upgrade to the new fulfillment center will include building modifications and the latest technology in material handling equipment and warehouse management systems.
January 22, 2015
05:36 EDTMAMasterCard announces opportunity to apply for next edition of Start Path Europe
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January 21, 2015
13:38 EDTVEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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12:12 EDTMBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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06:59 EDTMMacy's sues Strategic Marks in brand dispute, NY Post says
Macy's is suing Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names, including Abraham & Straus, Marshall Field’s, and Filene’s, reports the New York Post. Strategic Marks laid claim to the "dormant" brands, saying Macy's acquired then abandoned them in order to eliminate regional competition, and trial is set for March 2. The Post notes that Strategic is readying "its own launch of new merchandise and pop-up stores." Reference Link
06:52 EDTMMacy's sues Strategic Marks in brand dispute, NY Post says
Macy's is suing Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names, including Abraham & Straus, Marshall Field's, and Filene's, reports the New York Post. Strategic Marks laid claim to the "dormant" brands, saying Macy's acquired then abandoned them in order to eliminate regional competition, and trial is set for March 2. The Post notes that Strategic is readying "its own launch of new merchandise and pop-up stores." Reference Link
January 20, 2015
09:44 EDTM, MA, TGT, VSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTTGTMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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10:01 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:44 EDTMAUSA Technologies enters pact with MasterCard
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07:55 EDTTGTChildren's Place Carter's may have opportunity from Target move, say Oppenheimer
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07:23 EDTTGTTarget upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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