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April 25, 2014
11:37 EDTMA, VVisa 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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March 30, 2015
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08:48 EDTV, MAJPMorgan financial services analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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March 27, 2015
11:02 EDTMA, VVisa to miss Russian payment system deadline, CNBC reports
Visa (V) will need one to two months to move its credit card transaction processing in Russia to a local payment system, but MasterCard (MA) will make the April 1 deadline, according to CNBC. Russia ordered foreign card companies to move their transaction processing in Russia to a new local payment system after Russia was sanctioned due to its role in the Ukraine crisis. Reference Link
March 26, 2015
13:03 EDTMA, VSmartMetric wins $3M fee dispute with Visa, MasterCard
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March 25, 2015
09:35 EDTVActive equity options trading on open
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07:28 EDTMA, VVisa MasterCard should be bought on any weakness caused by currency, says Stifel
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March 24, 2015
07:27 EDTMATelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 23, 2015
07:20 EDTV, MABarclays to hold a forum
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