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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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April 17, 2015
15:39 EDTVCostco deal with Visa, Citi has 'near zero' acceptance costs, Bloomberg says
Costco’s (COST) acceptance costs will be near zero under the terms of its new deal with Visa (V) and Citigroup (C), compared to the roughly 0.6% of each transaction it currently pays to incumbent card partner American Express (AXP), reported Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the deal. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
17:32 EDTMAMasterCard reaches agreement with Target to resolve claims
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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 EDTMA, VAmEx 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 8, 2015
06:30 EDTMA, VCapital 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
11:02 EDTVAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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07:16 EDTVRising 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
April 6, 2015
09:02 EDTMABrink's, NetSpend launch Brink's prepaid MasterCard
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