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February 6, 2013
14:15 EDTVEarnings Preview: Visa to report results after MasterCard beat expectations
Visa (V) is expected to report Q1 earnings after the market close on Wednesday, February 6 with a conference call scheduled for 5 pm ET on February 6. Visa is a credit card network... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.79 on revenue of $2.82B. The consensus range is $1.73-$1.85 for EPS, and $2.74B-$2.87B for revenue, according to First Call... LAST QUARTER: Visa reported Q4 EPS of $1.54 against estimates for $1.50 on revenue of $2.73B against estimates for $2.68B. The company also predicted that its net revenue growth for the current fiscal year would be in the low double digits, and provided adjusted annual operating margin of about 60% for the current fiscal year. During the quarter the company removed an overhang by obtaining final approval for a settlement over merchants' swipe fee lawsuit against it. Under the deal Visa will lose about $4.4B, the company stated... STREET RESEARCH AND NEWS: Visa competitor and peer MasterCard (MA) on January 31 reported slightly stronger than expected Q4 results, and the company announced on February 5 that it would double its dividend to 60c from 30c Analysts have had mixed assessments of Visa in recent weeks. Wells Fargo on February 5 predicted that the company would report stronger than expected Q1 results, driven by a 10% increase in credit revenue and 8% growth in international transactions. The firm, however, also predicted that the credit card network's operating margin would fall slightly due to a 15% increase in operating expenses. Wells maintained an Outperform rating on the shares. Sterne Agee on February 4 said that it expected Visa to report "largely in-line" results, although it believes the company could beat the consensus outlook. The firm expects the company's conference call to be upbeat, and maintained a $175 price target and Buy rating on the shares. In an upbeat note Goldman Sachs on January 8 upgraded Visa to Conviction Buy from Buy, citing the company's leading position in payments, increased confidence in long-term transaction volume, and strong capital allocation prospects. The firm increased its price target on the shares to $188 from $160... PRICE ACTION: Visa has outperformed the market in the last three months, rising 11%.
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January 30, 2015
10:00 EDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:26 EDTVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:15 EDTVVisa price target raised to $308 from $280 at Stifel
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07:57 EDTVVisa reported solid results, says Oppenheimer
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05:58 EDTVVisa downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Visa to Market Perform with a $260 price target citing valuation and a more challenging environment. Shares of the payment processor rallied 4% to $259.50 last night in after-hours trading after reporting Q4 results and announcing a four-for-one stock split.
January 29, 2015
19:14 EDTVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:45 EDTVVisa up over 3% after Q1 results, stock split
16:11 EDTVVisa sees FY15 annual diluted class A common stock EPS growth in mid-teens
FY15 EPS consensus $10.38. Sees annual free cash flow greater than $6B.
16:10 EDTVVisa sees FY15 annual net revenue growth low double digits, consensus $13.86B
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16:09 EDTVVisa says Q1 payments volume growth was 11% over the prior year
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16:08 EDTVVisa announces four-for-one stock split
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16:07 EDTVVisa reports Q1 EPS $2.53, consensus $2.49
Reports Q1 revenue $3.38B, consensus $3.34B.
15:37 EDTVNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:31 EDTVVisa technical notes before earnings
On the daily chart there is a clear rounded top pattern that follows a large bullish gap and run back in October of last year. This is a bearish chart, and if we were clear of earnings news it would suggest the stock was better for a sale. As we know, patterns and chart conditions are subject to failure more in earnings season than at any other time, other than unexpected events. If there is a negative surprise, support levels to watch as potential downside objectives are at $240.98 and then at $236.65 and $228.02. The latter level is the top of the bullish gap from October. If the news is a positive surprise, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives are at $250.92, $258.45, and $264.47. The $260 level may be tough resistance to overcome unless the news is extremely positive.
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 27, 2015
11:38 EDTVVisa January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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January 26, 2015
08:56 EDTVVisa price target raised to $283 from $262 at Bernstein
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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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January 20, 2015
09:44 EDTVSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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