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February 26, 2014
06:12 EDTVEU makes Visa Europe's commitments to cut MIFs legally binding
The European Commission has rendered legally binding the commitments offered by Visa Europe to significantly cut its multilateral interchange fees, or MIFs, for credit card payments to a level of 0.3% of the value of the transaction -- a reduction of about 40 to 60% -- and to reform its rules in order to facilitate cross-border competition. The Commission continues the proceedings against Visa Inc. in relation to international inter-bank fees. These are the fees that apply when a card holder from outside the Visa Europe territory uses his Visa credit card to make a purchase at a merchant in the EEA. These fees are set by Visa Inc. and not by Visa Europe. Reference Link
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July 25, 2014
16:18 EDTVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:51 EDTVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday and on track to end a week marked by a torrent of earnings reports on a definite down note. Some high-profile disappointments weighed on the major averages, as Visa (V) and Amazon.com (AMZN) both fell significantly after their quarterly reports last night, dragging on the Dow and Nasdaq, respectively. The domestic economic calendar’s sole release of consequence, the durable goods orders report, came out before the open and was better than expected, but that did little to brighten the market's negative tone. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders rebounded 0.7% in June after a 1.0% decline in the prior month, beating expectations for June increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon.com fell 10% after the e-commerce giant reported in-line second quarter revenue but a much higher than expected loss. A number of analysts responded to the news by downgrading the stock, while several others cut their price targets on the shares... Visa reported Q3 earnings per share and revenue that topped consensus forecasts, but its fiscal year EPS growth outlook was trimmed its fiscal year revenue growth view to be in the 9-10% range from its prior forecast for low double-digit constant revenue growth in the 10-11% range. Shares of the Dow Jones Industrial Average component slid 4% following the report and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Datalink (DTLK), which jumped 17%, Mellanox (MLNX), which rose 13%, and VeriSign (VRSN), which gained 11%. Among the noteworthy losers was WellCare (WCG), which plunged 20% after the managed care company pre-announced significantly weaker than expected results. Also lower following their earnings reports were Swift Transport (SWFT), which fell nearly 15%, and Pandora (P), which dropped about 13%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 131.61, or 0.77%, to 16,952.19, the Nasdaq was down 24.45, or 0.55%, to 4,447.66, and the S&P 500 was down 9.04, or 0.45%, to 1,978.94.
09:25 EDTVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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July 24, 2014
18:45 EDTVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:13 EDTVVisa says Q3 payments volume growth was 12% over the prior year
Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended March 31, on which fiscal third quarter service revenue is recognized, was 12% over the prior year at $1.1T. Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended June 30, was 11% over the prior year at $1.2T. Cross-border volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, was 7% for the three months ended June 30. Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet, for the three months ended June 30, were 16.7B an 11% increase over the prior year.
16:11 EDTVVisa sees FY14 EPS growth 17.5%-18.5%, consensus $8.99
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16:09 EDTVVisa reports Q3 EPS $2.17, consensus $2.10
Reports Q3 revenue $3.2B, consensus $3.15B.
15:29 EDTVNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:31 EDTVVisa July weekly 220 straddle priced for 2.7% move into Q3
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14:07 EDTVEarnings Preview: Visa to report results amid credit metric improvements
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 24 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 $2.10 on revenue of $3.15B. The consensus range is $1.99-$2.17 for EPS, and $3.05B-$3.22B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Visa reported stronger than expected second quarter results, as its payments volume jumped 12% year-over-year during the quarter. The company predicted that its earnings per share would rise by mid to high teen percentage levels in fiscal 2014. "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. On May 19, Scharf said that rising interest rates are good for the credit card business. BANKS' CREDIT METRICS: A number of banks reported that their credit metrics had improved last quarter, potentially boding well for Visa's results. For example, JPMorgan (JPM) said that its total consumer provision for loan losses fell $345M last quarter, while consumer net chargeoffs dropped to $1.2B from $1.5B in the same period a year earlier. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo (WFC) reported that it saw "broad based growth" in its credit card business. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on July 17, Oppenheimer analyst Glen Greene wrote that although Visa and MasterCard's stocks had "temporarily paused," he remained upbeat on their long-term and intermediate term growth potential. Over the longer term ,the companies also enjoy competitive barriers to entry and "highly attractive business models," Greene believes. He preferred Visa but kept Outperform rating on both names. PRICE ACTION: Visa's stock is flat on the year, but up more than 6% in the last three months.
July 22, 2014
14:47 EDTVVisa July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and growth outlook
Visa July weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, August is at 20, September is at 17, December is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 24.
July 21, 2014
13:36 EDTVSmartMetric files patent infringement suit against Visa, MasterCard
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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTVVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
14:25 EDTVVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
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July 17, 2014
07:37 EDTVVisa MasterCard underperformance creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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July 16, 2014
14:36 EDTVVisa launches Visa Checkout payment service
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