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July 24, 2014
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.
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November 18, 2014
06:23 EDTVSprint names Douglas Michelman to management team, to replace Bill White
Sprint (S) announced the appointment of Douglas Michelman to Sprintís leadership team. Most recently, he spent 10 years as Chief Communications Officer at Visa (V), where he oversaw global media relations, public affairs, industry analyst relations and financial and communication strategies. Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles at FleishmanHillard, including regional president and senior partner. In addition to his many years of corporate experience, Michelmanís communications background also includes staff positions for two presidential campaigns. Michelman replaces Bill White, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, who will be leaving the company. White spent the past 32 years with Sprint. Michelman joins Sprint on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and will be relocating to Overland Park, Kansas.
November 17, 2014
06:07 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CREE V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Cree (CREE) 37, Visa (V) 17 according to iVolatility.
November 14, 2014
08:43 EDTVVisa price target raised to $305 from $241 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Visa as the firm is more upbeat about the pace of the company's innovations after meeting with its Global Head of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships. The firm believes that the company's innovations lower its disintermediation risk and may boost its transaction growth and enable it to launch new value-added services. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
November 13, 2014
07:38 EDTVBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
07:24 EDTVSunTrust to hold a conference
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06:05 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
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November 12, 2014
10:00 EDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advent Software (ADVS) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Boston Properties (BXP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Brandywine Realty (BDN) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Brookline Bancorp (BRKL) initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point... CNH Industrial (CNHI) initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Care.com (CRCM) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... DCT Industrial (DCT) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... DDR†Corp. (DDR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Demandware (DWRE) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Douglas Emmett (DEI) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Equity One (EQY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Hudson Pacific (HPP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kilroy Realty (KRC) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kimco Realty (KIM) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Macerich (MAC) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Prologis (PLD) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Regency Centers (REG) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryerson (RYI) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... SL Green Realty (SLG) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Simon Property (SPG) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Sunstone Hotel (SHO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Taubman Centers (TCO) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... VWR (VWR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... VeriFone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Visa (V) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... Vornado (VNO) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Westfield Financial (WFD) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... XPO Logistics (XPO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
08:06 EDTVPacific Crest to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTVBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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05:58 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 20, Visa (V) 18 according to iVolatility.
November 11, 2014
16:23 EDTVVisa initiated with a Hold at Topeka
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05:58 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
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November 10, 2014
15:54 EDTVVisa, MasterCard could be hurt by new Canadian credit card rules, WSJ says
Canada is preparing to announce broad changes to its code of conduct for the credit- and debit-card industry, which could make it the first country to give merchants the right to reject mobile payments through Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) even if the merchants accept their physical cards, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a draft copy of rules that could be announced this week. Reference Link
15:17 EDTVCFPB may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to propose new rules later this week that will require more disclosure for prepaid debit cards and cracking down on allowing consumers to spend more money on the cards than they have, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The rules come as traditional financial institutions, such as JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have moved into the business and the industryís biggest players donít allow overdrafts so it is unclear whether the new rules will dent industry profits, the report said. Green Dot (GDOT) also does not permit overdrafts and Visa (V) recently excluded overdraft abilities in guidelines for its prepaid cards, the report added. Reference Link
07:12 EDTVCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.

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