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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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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
05:10 EDTVHP selects Antonio Lucio as Chief Marketing Officer of HP Inc.
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April 14, 2015
18:41 EDTVTarget 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
16:36 EDTVVisa announces resignation of Chief Brand Officer Antonio Lucio
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12:09 EDTVAmEx 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
April 8, 2015
06:30 EDTVCapital 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

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