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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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May 28, 2015
13:52 EDTVVisa says Google first partner to participate in Digital Enablement Program
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May 26, 2015
20:50 EDTV, MABernstein to hold a conference
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May 22, 2015
14:09 EDTMATarget $19M settlement with MasterCard rejected by banks, Star Tribune reports
Target (TGT) and MasterCard (MA) have both confirmed that their proposed $19M settlement over Target's data breach was not approved by the requisite 90% of banks affected, which appears to send the dispute back to a federal lawsuit that is seeking class action status, reported The Star Tribune. “At this stage we will continue to work to resolve the matter,” stated MasterCard, according to the report. Reference Link
May 20, 2015
10:00 EDTV, MAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:36 EDTMA, VMasterCard Visa risk/reward positive, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V) offer secular growth, defensiveness, and cash generation. The firm says the companies have "compelling business models" and modest risk. Moreover, the firm believes that the stocks offer opportunity, as it expects investors' concerns about disruption, regulation and growth to dissipate.
May 19, 2015
16:51 EDTV, VVisa initiated with an Outperform at CLSA
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16:50 EDTMA, MAMasterCard initiated with an Outperform at CLSA
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09:03 EDTMAMasterCard announces launch of MasterCard Send
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07:32 EDTV, MAPacific Crest shifts preference to MasterCard, upgrades to buy
Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard (MA) from Visa (V) and upgraded the stock to Overweight from Sector Weight. Beck believes interchange legislation in Europe may have an unintended consequence of benefiting global open-loop payment networks, favoring both MasterCard and Visa. The changes are also positive for eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and mixed for American Express (AXP), Beck tells investors today in a research note. He points out his preference for MasterCard relative to Visa follows the latter company's outperformance over the past year. Beck has a $110 price target for MasterCard shares. The stock closed yesterday down 14c to $93.08.
05:59 EDTMAMasterCard upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest
May 18, 2015
14:34 EDTMAMasterCard set to receive antitrust complaint from EU, Bloomberg says
Regulators from European Union are set to issue an antitrust complaint against Master Card on card-payment fees, says Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. European regulators may send the credit card giant a statement of objections before the end of July, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
07:27 EDTMAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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