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PYPL

PayPal

$109.82

-0.09 (-0.08%)

, AXP

American Express

$119.52

1.07 (0.90%)

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12:30

Big tech failed to dethrone credit cards, Barron's says

Rather than being cut out of the equation, the existing payment networks like Visa (V), Mastercard (MA) and American Express (AXP), were endorsed by the country's most powerful tech company, Tae Kim writes in this week's edition of Barron's. Despite countless efforts from tech companies, just one payment start-up - PayPal Holdings (PYPL) - has managed to achieve any kind of similar scale, and it succeeded by focusing on the periphery of Visa and Mastercard's world, the author notes. Further, the report adds that tech giants continue to talk about their own efforts in payments, but investors may have finally learned to tune out the news, recognizing the staying power of Mastercard, Visa, and PayPal. Reference Link

PYPL

PayPal

$109.82

-0.09 (-0.08%)

AXP

American Express

$119.52

1.07 (0.90%)

MA

MasterCard

$251.40

1.57 (0.63%)

V

Visa

$162.72

1.2 (0.74%)

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PYPL PayPal
$109.82

-0.09 (-0.08%)

05/21/19
BOFA
05/21/19
NO CHANGE
BOFA
FIS, Diamondback Energy added to US 1 List, PayPal removed at BofA/Merrill
05/06/19
BTIG
05/06/19
NO CHANGE
Target $130
BTIG
Buy
PayPal price target raised to $130 from $114 at BTIG
BTIG analyst Mark Palmer raised his price target on PayPal to $130 and kept his Buy rating, saying that while the stock has rallied over 45% since its December low, the company's "operational momentum", expanding margins, and robust total payment volume growth warrant a higher valuation. Among the drivers, the analyst cites the monetization progress at Venmo, significant optionality of PayPal's $9.5B cash balance and strong free cash flows, continued rapid growth of active accounts, and rising customer engagement. Palmer is also positive on the company's accelerating international expansion and the opportunity that comes with progress toward in-store payments following its acquisition of iZettle.
05/03/19
RBCM
05/03/19
INITIATION
Target $39
RBCM
Outperform
Synchrony assumed with an Outperform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Jon Arfstrom assumed coverage of Synchrony (SYF) with an Outperform rating and a price target of $39, saying the company matches his criteria of "leverage to consumer strength." The analyst also believes that Synchrony's outlook remains "favorable" after its "solid" Q1 trends and expects the company to get past the "noise" around its PayPal (PYPL) partnership and Walmart (WMT) exit.
05/01/19
BARD
05/01/19
NO CHANGE
Target $118
BARD
Outperform
PayPal expressed confidence in intermediate earnings targets, says Baird
After attending an investor gathering with PayPal (PYPL) management, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said his key takeaways from the meeting were management's ongoing confidence in intermediate-term earnings growth targets and the early signs of progress on expanding its marketplace partnerships, including news that PayPal will be providing the infrastructure for Facebook's (FB) Marketplace payment offering. Additionally, Sebastian noted that the UK Competition and Markets Authority issued a preliminary ruling that it does not believe PayPal's acquisition of iZettle raises any competitive concerns, which he sees as a key milestone to getting the deal approved. Sebastian keeps an Outperform rating and $118 price target on PayPal shares.
AXP American Express
$119.52

1.07 (0.90%)

05/20/19
SPHN
05/20/19
NO CHANGE
Target $131
SPHN
Overweight
Stephens sees significant growth opportunity for AmEx in B2B payments
Stephens analyst Vincent Caintic, after hosting meetings with American Express management, said that he sees a significant opportunity for the company in the Business-To-Business, or B2B, space, particularly in payments to suppliers. The biggest challenge is signing suppliers to take American Express as a form of payment, but the company's current key value proposition is paying suppliers faster for accepting the card, Caintic explains. He keeps an Overweight rating and $131 price target on AmEx shares following the management meetings.
04/29/19
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Target $118

Neutral
American Express downgraded to Neutral at UBS on limited earnings upside
As previously reported, UBS analyst Eric Wasserstrom downgraded American Express to Neutral but raised his price target to $118 from $113. The analyst notes that in spite of the company's "steady performance", he no longer sees "significant upside to consensus EPS forecasts". Wasserstrom adds that the current valuation on American Express of 14.7-times forward earnings is close to one standard deviation from its longer term average of 13.3-times and also warns about the company's "rising credit losses."
05/03/19
RBCM
05/03/19
INITIATION
Target $120
RBCM
Sector Perform
American Express assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Jon Arfstrom assumed coverage of American Express with a Sector Perform rating and a price target of $120, saying the stock is a "high quality core holding" give n the company's unique card network model and a history of industry leading returns. The analyst also points to the "strong premium" brand of American Express which should make the company's performance "relatively resilient" in the event of an economic slowdown.
05/15/19
RHCO
05/15/19
NO CHANGE
Target $14
RHCO
Buy
Green Sky's loss of Regions as funding partner 'not material,' says SunTrust
After Green Sky (GSKY) disclosed in a 10Q this morning that it has lost Regions Financial (RF) as a funding partner for its indirect lending product, SunTrust analyst Andrew Jeffrey said the news is "clearly a negative," as Regions is about 17% of the company's total max funding commitment, he does not believe this loss alone will constrain the calendar 2019 revenue growth outlook. Based on the 10Q, less than $150M of the funding commitment was unused, and therefore, Jeffrey contends that it is likely not material to the $4.5B in total funding the company highlighted on its recent conference call. Jeffrey, who has a Buy rating and $14 price target on Green Sky shares, says he "likes" the company's competitive position, value proposition, potential upside from new Healthcare offerings and the new American Express (AXP) relationship.
MA MasterCard
$251.40

1.57 (0.63%)

05/03/19
KEYB
05/03/19
NO CHANGE
Target $265
KEYB
Overweight
MasterCard price target raised to $265 from $230 at KeyBanc
KeyBanc analyst Josh Beck raised his price target for MasterCard to $265 from $230 and maintained an Overweight rating, saying assessments and incentives drove the top line above the Street's Q1 print, whiletransaction processing fees and other revenue was lower as EPS beats. Vocalink initiatives in an expanding set of countries that now includes the Phillipines and Saudi Arabia is opening up opportunities beyond the core card market, Beck tells investors in a research note, which he thinks warrants a higher multiple.
04/15/19
PIPR
04/15/19
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PIPR
Piper says FinTech secular drives 'remain strong' into Q1 results
While absolute and relative valuations in FinTech are back near the all-time highs, the Federal Reserve "has moved from a headwind last Fall to a Neutral factor for economic growth and equity valuations," Piper Jaffray analyst Jason Deleeuw tells investors in a research note. Also, the ongoing secular drivers for FinTech "remain strong" as global payments and business ecosystems digitize, says the analyst. He remains constructive on FinTech names heading into Q1 earnings and also tells investors to look at some mortgage/real estate services stocks. Deleeuw's top ideas are Black Knight (BKI), Redfin (RDFN), Euronet (EEFT) and Cannae Holdings (CNNE). He also boosted his price target for Overweight-rated Euronet to $171 from $159, for Overweight-rated Global Payments (GPN) to $163 from $152, for Overweight-rated MasterCard (MA) to $272 from $262, for Neutral-rated PayPal (PYPL) to $104 from $97, for Overweight-rated Visa (V) to $191 from $178 and for Neutral-rated Worldpay (WP) to $115 from $101.
04/16/19
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04/16/19
NO CHANGE
SPHN
MasterCard deal for Vyze may be positive for Curo, Rent-A-Center, says Stephens
Stephens analyst Vincent Caintic said Mastercard's (MA) acquisition of Vyze, which provides a platform that links retailers with lenders, is a potential positive for Curo Group (CURO) and Rent-A-Center (RCII), whose "Zibby" and AcceptanceNow are part of the Vyze network. The tie-in with Mastercard may provide more loan and lease application flow to both Zibby and AcceptanceNow, said the analyst. Caintic views the news as more mixed for Alliance Data (ADS), stating that he expects Mastercard's relationship to result in more application flow to Vyze partners, but this may take away from flow to Alliance's cards and lessens the importance of the private label platform.
04/23/19
MSCO
04/23/19
NO CHANGE
MSCO
Overweight
Visa, MasterCard price targets raised ahead of earnings at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette said his data tracker suggests slightly weaker consumer spending this quarter, particularly in international markets, indicating some deceleration in payment trends in the March quarter for Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). However, he believes this "noise" is already reflected in Street estimates and he believes the benefits the companies are seeing from improving computing power, greater scale, secular growth drivers and "relatively resilient" consumer spending trends should persist. Ahead of the card processors' earnings reports, Faucette raised his price target on Visa to $173 from $165 and on MasterCard to $259 from $250 and he keeps Overweight ratings on both stocks.
V Visa
$162.72

1.2 (0.74%)

04/26/19
BMOC
04/26/19
NO CHANGE
Target $214
BMOC
Outperform
Visa price target raised to $214 from $196 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst James Fotheringham raised his price target on Visa to $214 after its "incentives-driven" Q2 earnings beat, adding that the quarter's disappointing volume growth was due to "calendar adjustments around processing days and Easter timing." The analyst also keeps his Outperform rating on "encouraging" comments about the current quarter-to-date trend, which he believes validate the management's "improved" 2019 expectations.
05/02/19
GSCO
05/02/19
INITIATION
Target $188
GSCO
Buy
Visa reinstated with a Buy at Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs analyst James Schneider reinstated coverage of Visa with a Buy rating and $188 price target. The analyst sees "multiple opportunities" for Visa to deliver upside to consensus estimates. Upcoming product announcements and earnings reports should serve as catalysts for the stock, Schneider tells investors in a research note. He believes recent payment regulations in Europe have set the stage for faster volume growth and market share gains for Visa.
05/03/19
BMOC
05/03/19
NO CHANGE
Target $90
BMOC
Market Perform
Square price target lowered to $90 from $98 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst James Fotheringham lowered his price target on Square (SQ) to $90 and kept his Market Perform rating, saying that while the company's Q1 results topped consensus thanks to higher Subscription and Services revenue, its gross payment volume was lower than expected and marks a more critical "indicator of sustainable growth." The analyst sees better investment opportunities among his covered financial technology stocks in companies like Visa (V) and Global Payments (GPN).
05/17/19
SPHN
05/17/19
NO CHANGE
Target $173
SPHN
Overweight
Stephens remains bullish on Visa after management meetings
Stephens analyst Brett Huff said he remains bullish on Visa after hosting meetings and conference calls with management this week, stating that he is impressed with the large and incremental volume opportunities he thinks are ahead in areas including tokenization, contactless, B2B, developing countries, and Visa Europe. He also is still convinced that Visa can largely defend its market position, Huff tells investors. He keeps an Overweight rating and $173 price target on Visa shares.

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