V : Analysis & Opinions

  1. Goodbye, Amex; Costco Finishes Transition to Visa

    June 21, 2016
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) has completed its switch from American Express (NYSE: AXP) to Visa (NYSE: V) as its official credit ...
  2. Wal-Mart Canada No Longer Accepting Visa (WMT, V)

    June 13, 2016
    Wal-Mart Canada is breaking up with Visa. The retailer cited high fees.
  3. Visa Stock Declines Despite Price Target Increase (V)

    June 13, 2016
    Visa shares fell as much as 1.74% to $79.84 despite the credit card company receiving some positive comments from analysts ...
  4. EU Regulator Approves Visa's Buy of Visa Europe

    June 3, 2016
    Visa (NYSE: V) has won its final, and most crucial, regulatory approval for its large-scale acquisition of peer payments ...
  5. Visa and MasterCard Ready to Test Breakout Levels (V, MA)

    June 1, 2016
    MasterCard shows a stronger accumulation pattern than rival Visa and should post more reliable gains after a breakout.
  6. 5 Dividend Growth Stocks Posed For Higher Dividends (V, NKE)

    May 26, 2016
    Learn about five companies that have a strong history of consistently growing their dividend payments and have the potential ...
  7. Visa CEO Takes a Swipe at PayPal

    May 25, 2016
    The credit card companies and PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) have long had an uneasy alliance: They both work together and compete ...
  8. Noodles & Company Reports Credit Card Data Breach

    May 24, 2016
    Any consumers who ate at Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) in 2016 and paid with credit cards may have had their personal ...
  9. Wal-Mart Sues Visa Over Debit Card Chips (WMT, V)

    May 12, 2016
    Wal-Mart says it pays more for signature transactions, or about 5 cents more to Visa than it pays for transactions that use ...
  10. 3 Best Dividend-Paying U.S. Financial Mutual Funds (FSVLX, PRISX)

    May 1, 2016
    Find out the best dividend-paying mutual funds in the financial services sector. The best funds combine solid yields with ...
  11. FPURX: Fidelity Puritan Fund Performance Case Study

    April 28, 2016
    Explore the performance of the Fidelity Puritan Fund since 2012, including the events that led to the fund's double-digit ...
  12. LinkedIn's Student App Could Be a Revenue Driver

    April 27, 2016
    If a company can land a customer during their formative years, it becomes easier for it to retain a lifelong relationship. ...
  13. Earnings Guide: 3 Insights to Consider in U.S. Markets (QCOM, ...

    April 26, 2016
    Assess current earnings trends that affect financial decisions in today's volatile market, focusing on ratios, dividends ...
  14. Is Costco Ready for a Membership Fee Increase?

    April 25, 2016
    To offset the impact of slowing sales, Costco (NASDAQ: COST) is going to be raising its annual membership fees next year ...
  15. Visa Stock at 52-Week Highs Ahead of Earnings (V)

    April 21, 2016
    Ahead of Visa's second quarter earnings results due after the closing bell Thursday, the credit card issuer has paid off ...
  16. The Share Buyback Report: The Technology Sector

    April 20, 2016
    Watch for a stock's share price to respond favorably at the outset of a share buyback program before assuming that gains ...
  17. Is the Latest Costco Dividend Raise Ill-Timed?

    April 19, 2016
    The company has reported two straight quarters of profit declines; its most recent comparable-sales figure was well short ...
  18. Trade American Express on Both Sides (AXP, V)

    April 14, 2016
    American Express may offer profits with short term long trades and long-term short sales.
  19. 3 Key Questions to Ask Prior to an ETF Investment

    April 13, 2016
    Discover which factors to consider before investing in an ETF, such as the goal of your investment, the preferred asset class, ...
  20. FPURX: Fidelity Puritan Fund's Portfolio Trends in 2016

    April 6, 2016
    Evaluate the composition of the Fidelity Puritan Fund, and consider how the fund's makeup has evolved between March 2015 ...
  21. Wal-Mart and Costo Improve Their Rewards Programs

    April 4, 2016
    After posting its first annual drop in sales since the company went public 45 years ago, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has decided ...
  22. FPURX: Fidelity Puritan Fund Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    April 1, 2016
    Learn about one of Fidelity Investment's oldest mutual funds, the Fidelity Puritan Fund, and read analysis of the fund's ...
  23. FMAGX: Fidelity Magellan Fund Portfolio Trends in 2016

    March 31, 2016
    Discover the 2016 portfolio trends in the Fidelity Magellan Fund, and learn if they can help your portfolio to maximize profits ...
  24. Starbucks Expands Rewards Program Beyond Stores (SBUX, V)

    March 24, 2016
    Investors are likely hoping its new rewards program can be rewarding in the long term.
  25. FBGRX: Overview of Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund

    March 20, 2016
    Learn about the Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund in this fund overview including information on its investment performance ...
  26. FPURX: Overview of Fidelity Puritan Fund

    March 18, 2016
    Learn about Fidelity Investments' mutual fund offerings, collective long term performance, and read specific analysis of ...
  27. Top 5 Mutual Fund Holders of Visa (V, VTSMX)

    March 16, 2016
    Discover which mutual funds hold the largest stakes in Visa. As a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500, ...
  28. AmEx Investor Day Reassures Investors, But Not Analysts

    March 11, 2016
    American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) held its annual Investor’s Day event Thursday, hoping to reassure investors spooked ...
  29. Banks, Credit Card Companies May Track Your Phone (DFS, MA)

    March 8, 2016
    Banks and credit card companies have hit on a simple, effective way to know when a transaction is fraudulent: track customers' ...
  30. The Top 5 Positions in Ken Fisher's Portfolio (AMZN, LQD)

    March 7, 2016
    Pay attention to whether Amazon.com, Inc. remains the top holding of Fisher Asset Management despite a 27% share price drop ...
  31. Visa and MasterCard May Be Headed Higher (V, MA)

    March 2, 2016
    Visa and MasterCard positive price action should attract broad interest in the weeks ahead.
  32. Why Is the Market Punishing American Express?

    March 1, 2016
    American Express shares lost over 40% of their value in 2015. We examine some of the factors contributing to this fall.
  33. These 11 Dow Stocks Are Up Over the Last Year

    February 23, 2016
    Just 11 stocks in the DJIA have appreciated over the past year. Which (if any) is the best bet?
  34. Why MasterCard Dividend Hike Is Far From Generous

    December 11, 2015
    More swipes mean more cash for shareholders. At least, that's the case with purchase card processing giant MasterCard (NYSE: ...
  35. Why Visa Is a Solid Long-Term Bet

    December 6, 2015
    Here's look at Visa, which has been an impressive performer since its IPO in 2008. It's now set to acquire Europe Visa.
  36. 3 Reasons Square Low-balled Its IPO Price

    November 6, 2015
    Payments startup Square priced itself at a significant discount to its private market valuation.
  37. Chipotle Suffers From E. Coli Scare (SHPG, DYAX)

    November 2, 2015
    Shares of Mexican fast food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. are down nearly 6% before the open after the company reported ...
  38. The Biggest Companies in Silicon Valley (AAPL, GOOGL)

    October 30, 2015
    Understand what types of companies are the most successful in Silicon Valley. Learn about the top six largest Silicon Valley ...
  39. The 3 Most Shorted Dow Stocks (V, CAT)

    October 15, 2015
    Read about three heavily shorted stocks that are components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, including one company with ...
  40. 25 Tactical Trades Goldman Sachs Is Watching Amid Earnings Season

    October 8, 2015
    John Marshall of Goldman Sachs identified the 25 most "out-of-consensus opportunities" ahead of earnings season. Marshall ...
  41. Target Faces Yet Another Lawsuit Over Data Breach (MA, TGT)

    September 17, 2015
    The fallout from a data breach in 2013 continues to plague Target (NYSE: TGT). Having settled for $10 million earlier this ...
  42. Target and Visa to Settle Over Data Breach (MA, TGT)

    August 25, 2015
    The impact from Target's (NYSE: TGT) massive data breach two years ago continues to be felt as the retailer is said to have ...
  43. Visa Expands Its Online Payments Reach With Stripe

    July 31, 2015
    While many consumers think of debit or credit cards when considering Visa (NYSE: V), it bills itself as a "global payments ...
  44. American Express Returns Vs. DJ Industrial Average

    July 28, 2015
    American Express has handily outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 2009, but unusual weakness in the last year ...
  45. Visa Thrashes Third Quarter Estimates

    July 28, 2015
    Last week, payment card giant Visa (NYSE: V) posted third quarter results that blew well past expectations. The stock traded ...
  46. American Express Q2 Revenue, Net Decline (AXP, C)

    July 24, 2015
    American Express (NYSE: AXP) stock has been a laggard so far this year behind rivals Visa and MasterCard. It seems AmEx's ...
  47. 3 Reasons FireEye Stock May Fall (FEYE, AAPL)

    July 7, 2015
    Cybersecurity pioneer FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE) has no dearth of market demand for its products, and investors have warmed ...
  48. Ink Plus or Starwood Preferred, Which Credit Card Is Right for ...

    July 2, 2015
    Maximize Your Business Rewards: Chase Ink Plus vs. Starwood Preferred.
  49. Risks & Rewards Of Investing In Bitcoin

    May 26, 2015
    Since Bitcoin is not a company and therefore does not have a publicly traded stock, how can you invest in it?
  50. American Express's Main Competition

    May 14, 2015
    American Express competes with Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Financial Services in the credit card space. It also competes ...
  51. Is There Any Upside Left in Costco?

    May 14, 2015
    Costco's stock has performed exceptionally well over the past five years, but does it need a breather?
  52. Costco Just Extended Its Advantage Even Further (AXP, COST)

    May 1, 2015
    If you thought Costco (NASDAQ: COST) couldn't become any more dominant than it already is, then think again. Over the past ...
  53. How Bitcoin Can Change The World

    March 26, 2015
    Bitcoin has the potential to not only create savings for consumer, but also to transform global transactions.
  54. How MasterCard Likely Earned a Spot in Your Wallet

    March 26, 2015
    An in depth look at MasterCard and its future prospects as an investment.
  55. The Future Of Mobile Banking (JPM, BAC)

    March 20, 2015
    Typically slow to react to technological change, retail banks are finally recognizing the benefits it provides to consumers ...
  56. Why These Are 2015's 10-Best Financial Stocks

    March 16, 2015
    If you're going to invest in the financial stocks, these names need to be on your radar.
  57. Profit From High Consumer Spending With Visa Or Mastercard

    March 9, 2015
    American consumers have more money to spend thanks to falling gas prices. Investing in Visa and MasterCard may give investors ...
  58. A Ban On SWIFT Could Hit Russia Where It Hurts Most (MA, V)

    February 23, 2015
    A SWIFT ban on Russia could have a crippling effect on its debt-servicing ability and overall economy, and just might force ...
  59. Visa vs. MasterCard: Is There a Difference?

    February 2, 2015
    Visa and MasterCard are two of the most widely used credit card brands. But are the differences between the two significant ...
  60. How American Express Counts on Your Profligacy (AXP, MA)

    January 27, 2015
    Consumers like novelty, reliability, variety, and other subjective qualities. But what really keeps them coming back to American ...
  61. Top 10 Largest Global IPOs Of All Time

    January 12, 2015
    We have compiled a list of the top 10 largest IPOs of all time. The results may surprise you.
  62. Apple Pay vs Google Wallet: How They Work

    January 2, 2015
    Apple Pay and Google Wallet are mostly identical offerings. Apple may be to be easier to use, but Google has a more features.
  63. Do Your Card's Travel Benefits Make The Grade?

    October 28, 2014
    If you take frequent trips, it pays to evaluate the different travel benefits that a credit card offers – from airline miles ...
  64. Credit Cards With Travel Insurance

    October 24, 2014
    Some credit cards offer travel coverage, which may include trip cancellations, lost baggage and rental-car damages. Just ...
  65. Is Cash Or Credit Better For European Trips?

    October 23, 2014
    If you're traveling to Europe, make sure you have a widely accepted credit card that uses chip technology. It doesn't hurt ...
  66. Traveler's Checks Vs. ATM Cash: Tips for Tourists

    October 14, 2014
    Traveler's checks were once the preferred way to make purchases overseas, but most tourists now get cash at an ATM – or use ...
  67. The Big Credit Card Companies Have Room to Grow

    October 10, 2014
    With so many credit cards in daily use, credit card issuers have grown with their businesses.
  68. The 'Forever Stock' Poised To Win The Consumer-Spending War

    September 25, 2014
  69. How To Cash In On Credit Cards

    August 28, 2014
    How can an investor cash in on rising credit card use? There isn't an ETF yet, so let's look at the companies themselves.
  70. How Visa Counts On Your Free-Spending Ways

    August 7, 2014
    The credit card transaction business is so profitable, Visa Inc. doesn't even bother lending money. Here's how they make ...
  71. The Perfect Income Strategy For Rising Interest Rates

    August 6, 2014
    Last week, we saw a massive broader market sell-off that, in part, appeared to be a reaction to stronger economic activity. ...
  72. How To Trade Credit Card Stocks

    July 31, 2014
    The four major credit card stocks have been doing some interesting things lately. Here's how to trade them, where to buy ...
  73. 2 Stocks For The Ultimate Pairs Trade

    April 2, 2014
    Since the 1980s, one of the most well-known and heavily used strategies among hedge funds and portfolio managers has been ...
  74. With The Market At New Highs- It’s Time To Look Towards GARP

    February 20, 2014
    With the broad market hitting new highs, stocks aren’t as cheap as they once were. That’s were GARP style investing can come ...
  75. 5 Game-Changing Ideas to Watch for in 2013

    November 8, 2012
    Although 2012 isn't quite over yet, we're now close enough to 2013 to start thinking about the bigger themes that are going ...
  76. Credit Card Stocks Are Charging Higher

    April 3, 2012
    Credit card debt is just an unfortunate fact of life for many Americans, but the savvy among us know that revenge can be ...
  77. Buffett: Buying When Others Are Selling

    November 24, 2011
    Buffett invests for the long-term and expects significant upside over that period. Investors would do well to take notes ...
  78. Buffett Says: Invest In "Toll Bridges"

    October 27, 2009
    Find a business that makes its money by charging a small sum to a high-volume consumer base on a regular basis and you just ...
  79. Five Must-Ask Questions Before Taking The IPO Bait

    May 16, 2008
    IPOs often make great discussion but lousy investments. Learn how to avoid getting burned.
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