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PYPL

PayPal

$40.78

0.19 (0.47%)

, V

Visa

$82.73

-0.13 (-0.16%)

07:55
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10/05
07:55
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07:55

Bernstein lays out six possible strategic outcomes for PayPal

After hosting a call to discuss PayPal's (PYPL) strategic options following its recently announced deals with Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA), Bernstein analyst Lisa Ellis laid out the potential strategic outcomes for PayPal that she foresees. In order from most to least likely: the most likely outcome PayPal's business model remains but that it shifts to debit centric vs. ACH; it is less likely, but a risk, that PayPal becomes a merchant acquirer; even less likely is that PayPal becomes a closed-loop. The chance that PayPal is acquired is "unlikely but less so" after the deals with the card majors, Ellis added. Lastly, she sees a "low probability" PayPal withers away or that it morphs into something else via acquisition. The firm has a Market Perform rating on PayPal shares.

PYPL

PayPal

$40.78

0.19 (0.47%)

V

Visa

$82.73

-0.13 (-0.16%)

MA

MasterCard

$101.03

-0.66 (-0.65%)

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PYPL PayPal
$40.78

0.19 (0.47%)

09/19/16
09/19/16
DOWNGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. PayPal (PYPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord with analyst Michael Graham saying he expects TPV growth to remain solid driven by Venmo and One Touch, but said these factors are well understood and reflected in estimates. 2. Viacom (VIA, VIAB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel with analyst Benjamin Mogil saying the stock's valuation is no longer attractive in the wake of the news that the company had decided to table its plans to sell a minority stake in Paramount. 3. Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global with the firm saying third quarter global new heavy equipment orders are down 8%-11% year-over-year on weakness in North American. 4. Western Union (WU) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna with analyst James Friedman saying he is concerned about downside risks given the company's high multiple, increased regulatory scrutiny, and the lack of improvement in its Middle East business. 5. Campbell Soup (CPB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/19/16
ADAM
09/19/16
DOWNGRADE
ADAM
Hold
PayPal downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
Canaccord analyst Michael Graham downgraded PayPal (PYPL) to Hold following the sharp rally in shares following the Visa deal in July. The analyst expects TPV growth to remain solid driven by Venmo and One Touch, but said these factors are well understood and reflected in estimates. Graham expects higher funding mix-driven transaction expenses from the Visa (V) and Mastercard (MA) deals to pressure margins and earnings growth modestly and lowered his price target to $40 from $45 on PayPal shares.
09/15/16
09/15/16
INITIATION

On The Fly: Top five analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. PayPal (PYPL) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum. 2. Patterson-UTI (PTEN) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson. 3. Symantec (SYMC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim. 4. Alexion (ALXN) initiated with an Underperform at FBR Capital. 5. Helmerich & Payne (HP) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/14/16
CHLM
09/14/16
INITIATION
CHLM
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PayPal initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum analysts Bradley Berning and Carl Norberg initiated PayPal with a Buy rating and $52 price target.
V Visa
$82.73

-0.13 (-0.16%)

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BARD
10/03/16
NO CHANGE
Target $175
BARD
Outperform
Costco could see sluggish September comps, says Baird
Baird analyst Peter Benedict previewed September sales for Costco (COST). He believes comps could be sluggish as they are going against difficult comparisons. Looking ahead, however, he sees better traffic and sales as comparisons start to ease and members increasingly recognize the benefits of the new co-branded Visa (V) card. Benedict reiterated his Outperform rating and $175 price target on Costco shares.
07/26/16
DBAB
07/26/16
NO CHANGE
Target $44
DBAB
Buy
PayPal benefits from Visa deal being overlooked, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Bryan Keane believes the benefits to PayPal (PYPL) from its deal with Visa (V) are being overlooked. The deal provides an opportunity to work with Visa and issuers to actively promote PayPal, which could further accelerate the company's revenue growth profile, Keane tells investors in a research note. He reiterates a Buy rating on the shares with a $44 price target.
09/23/16
BARD
09/23/16
NO CHANGE
Target $175
BARD
Outperform
Costco weakness a buying opportunity, says Baird
Baird analyst Peter Benedict recommends buying Costco (COST) on its pullback as he believes the shares offer a compelling value proposition. The analyst also sees Costco as having a loyal membership model that remains a positive in today's challenging retail world. Benedict sees better traffic/sales later this year as comps ease and members recognize the benefits of the new co-branded Visa (V) card. He reiterated his Outperform rating and $175 price target on Costco shares.
09/06/16
BARD
09/06/16
NO CHANGE
Target $48
BARD
Outperform
PayPal card deals long-term positive despite near-term margin impact, says Baird
After PayPal (PYPL) announced this morning that it has agreed to an expanded partnership with MasterCard (MA), Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said the new deal closely mirrors the company's recent agreement with Visa (V). He believes the partnerships with the card networks are a long-term positive for PayPal despite the likely negative near-term impact on margins, as he thinks PayPal's digital wallet will ultimately be more successful with the card networks' cooperation. Sebastian keeps an Outperform rating and $48 price target on PayPal shares.
MA MasterCard
$101.03

-0.66 (-0.65%)

09/08/16
JEFF
09/08/16
NO CHANGE
Target $48
JEFF
Buy
Jefferies says PayPal concerns over MasterCard deal overdone
After surveying 1,000 PayPal (PYPL) users, Jefferies analyst Jason Kupferberg believes the migration from ACH to card-funded transactions will likely be limited and gradual. The recent network partnerships will weigh on Paypal's transaction margins, but increased choice should lead to increased usage, Kupferberg tells investors in a research note. He believes concerns over the MasterCard (MA) deal are overdone and keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $48 price target.
07/29/16
PACS
07/29/16
NO CHANGE
PACS
MasterCard fundamentals 'rock solid, ' says Pacific Crest
After MasterCard reported better than expected results, Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck says that the company's fundamentals are "rock solid." He thinks that the company would benefit from a potential deal with PayPal (PYPL), and he believes that the company's acquisition of VocaLink will expand its TAM. The analyst keeps a $110 price target and Overweight rating on the stock.
07/19/16
OPCO
07/19/16
NO CHANGE
OPCO
Oppenheimer remains bullish on MasterCard, Visa ahead of results
Heading into Q2 earnings, Oppenheimer analyst Glenn Greene reiterates Outperform ratings for MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V), as he is encouraged by mostly stable intra quarter volume growth, improving FX trends, solid retail sales growth, and "broadly positive" card issuer trends. Nonetheless, Greene prefers Visa over MasterCard given the expected U.S. volume boost from the Costco (COST)/USAA wins and accretion benefits from the recently closed Visa Europe acquisition. He raised his price target on MasterCard's shares to $104 from $102 and reiterated his $90 price target on Visa's stock.

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