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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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May 20, 2015
10:00 EDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:36 EDTVMasterCard 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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07:32 EDTVPacific 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.
May 15, 2015
16:32 EDTVBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
May 11, 2015
07:22 EDTVVisa acquisiiton of Visa Europe would be positive, says RBC Capital
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