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April 25, 2014
11:37 EDTV, MAVisa falls after revenue miss, analysts remain upbeat
Shares of Visa (V) are sinking after the company reported higher than expected second quarter profit but slightly lower than expected revenue. A number of analysts, however, remained optimistic about the stock. WHAT'S NEW: Visa reported second quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, of $2.20, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of $2.18. The credit card network's revenue came in at $3.16B, versus the consensus estimate of $3.19B. "Softer net revenue growth was impacted by a strengthening U.S. dollar and difficult year-over-year comparisons due to non-recurring items," said Visa CEO Charlie Scharf. These negative factors will have a slightly greater impact in Visa's third quarter before easing in the fourth quarter, the CEO added. Visa guided to fiscal year EPS growth in a mid-to-high teen percentage and said it expects low double-digit constant revenue growth in the 10-11% range, with an expectation of two percentage points of negative foreign currency impact. Consensus for Visa's EPS and revenue for FY14 were $8.88 and $12.93B, respectively, prior to the update. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Stifel analyst Christopher Brendler wrote that the company's revenue miss was mostly caused by macro economic and foreign exchange issues. Visa's cost control efforts more than offset the impact of these issues, the analyst added. Moreover, the company's underlying trends are strong and it should outperform beginning in fiscal 2015, Brendler stated. He kept a $289 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Similarly, Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck wrote that Visa's results were hurt by "a series of idiosyncratic events." Visa's growth should accelerate in the second half of 2014 and it can benefit from the proliferation of digital payments, the analyst stated. He kept a $241 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Visa fell 4% to $200. Visa's top competitor, MasterCard (MA), fell 3.6% to $72. MasterCard is scheduled to report its results on May 1.
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July 22, 2014
14:47 EDTVVisa July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and growth outlook
Visa July weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, August is at 20, September is at 17, December is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 24.
July 21, 2014
13:36 EDTMA, VSmartMetric files patent infringement suit against Visa, MasterCard
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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTMA, 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
14:25 EDTMA, VVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
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July 17, 2014
07:37 EDTMA, VVisa MasterCard underperformance creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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July 16, 2014
14:36 EDTVVisa launches Visa Checkout payment service
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July 10, 2014
08:10 EDTMAMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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