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  1. e-Commerce Stock Update - March 2014 (pt. 2) - Industry Outlook

    March 6, 2014
    e-Commerce Stock Update - March 2014 (pt. 2) - Industry Outlook
  2. 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 ...
  3. No, We Are Not There Yet - Ahead of Wall Street

    January 31, 2014
    Stocks are on track to reverse the gains from the day before as the emerging market angst threatens to become a full blown ...
  4. Will The Dividend And Buyback Frenzy Continue?

    September 4, 2013
    Fix your mind on a pair of percentages: 73% and 27%. These two figures hold the key to why the long-term appeal of stocks ...
  5. Bull of the Day: CME Group (CME) - Bull of the Day

    August 5, 2013
    Bull of the Day: CME Group (CME) - Bull of the Day
  6. Business Services Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook

    July 23, 2013
    Business Services Stock Outlook - July 2013 - Industry Outlook
  7. e-Commerce Stock Update - July 2013 (pt. 2) - Industry Outlook

    July 11, 2013
    e-Commerce Stock Update - July 2013 (pt. 2) - Industry Outlook
  8. Total System Hits New 52-Week High - Analyst Blog

    July 10, 2013
    The shares of Total System Services Inc. reached a new 52-week high of $25.28 on Jul 9.
  9. Visa Raised to Buy - Analyst Blog

    July 9, 2013
    On Jul 9, 2013, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Visa Inc. to a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
  10. Western Union Ties with Dubai Bank - Analyst Blog

    July 5, 2013
    Western Union offers prepaid payroll card service in UAE.
  11. Western Union Ties with Indian Bank - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2013
    Western Union partners with Kotak Mahindra bank to better serve Indians living in U.S and U.K.
  12. Western Union Expands in India - Analyst Blog

    June 13, 2013
    Western Union partners with IndusInd Bank to offer services in India.
  13. MasterCard Allies Kount - Analyst Blog

    June 12, 2013
    MasterCard Worldwide entered into a partnership deal with Kount.
  14. Federal Judge Rejects ATM Lawsuits - Analyst Blog

    February 14, 2013
    A U.S. District Judge in Washington D.C has dismissed antitrust lawsuits accusing several financial behemoths of fixing automated ...
  15. Discover Keeps Neutral Rec - Analyst Blog

    February 12, 2013
    We have retained our Neutral recommendation on Discover Financial Services (DFS). The recommendation is based on its rising ...
  16. MasterCard Deploys Excess Capital - Analyst Blog

    February 12, 2013
    Following a better-than-expected 2012 financial results, last week MasterCard Inc. (MA) announced higher yield to its shareholders ...
  17. MasterCard-KeyBank Tie Knot - Analyst Blog

    January 29, 2013
    MasterCard Inc. (MA) announced a strategic alliance with US-based bank-related financial company - KeyCorp's (KEY) KeyBank ...
  18. Alliance Data Likely to Beat? - Analyst Blog

    January 29, 2013
    We expect Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) to beat expectations when it reports fourth quarter and full year 2012 ...
  19. Discover Partners Cadence Bank - Analyst Blog

    January 15, 2013
    Yesterday, Discover Financial Services (DFS) announced an affiliation with Birmingham-based Cadence Bank to launch the new ...
  20. epay Allies with WorldPay - Analyst Blog

    January 10, 2013
    In an effort to benefit retailers, epay, a Division of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (EEFT) has entered into a partnership with ...
  21. MasterCard Fixed at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    December 28, 2012
    We have reiterated our Neutral recommendation on MasterCard Inc. (MA) based on its steady growth profile amid the volatile ...
  22. Total System Strengthens in Zimbabwe - Analyst Blog

    December 11, 2012
    Boosting its merchant acquiring services, Total System Services Inc. (TSS) announced a strategic alliance with Zimbabwe-based ...
  23. Capital One Buys Bundle Corp Assets - Analyst Blog

    December 3, 2012
    As per TechCrunch, Capital One Digital Labs - a wing of Capital One Financial Corp. (COF) - has purchased nearly all assets ...
  24. VeriFone to Upgrade PayLife System - Analyst Blog

    November 16, 2012
    VeriFone Systems, Inc. (PAY) recently inked an agreement with Austrian company PayLife to install new VeriFone VX 680 wireless ...
  25. Visa and Other Big Movers In Financial on November 1, 2012

    November 1, 2012
    It's been a good morning for the market. The Nasdaq is trading up 1.3%; the S&P 500 has moved up 1%; and the Dow has increased ...
  26. Visa and Other Big Movers In Financial on October 9, 2012

    October 9, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far. The Nasdaq has declined 1.7%; the S&P 500 is trading down 0.8%; and the Dow has fallen ...
  27. Total System Remains Neutral - Analyst Blog

    October 5, 2012
    We are reiterating our Neutral recommendation on Total System Services Inc. (TSS) based on the current sustainability factor. ...
  28. Do You Need The IPO ETF In Your Portfolio? - ETF News And Commentary

    October 5, 2012
    With the markets seemingly slumping as we head into the fourth quarter, some reevaluation of portfolio allocations is probably ...
  29. Financial Stocks, Including Visa, Making Big Moves on October ...

    October 1, 2012
    The market is currently up, with the Nasdaq moving up 0.7%, the S&P 500 rising 1% and the Dow climbing 1.1%. The financial ...
  30. BofA Testing Mobile Payment System - Analyst Blog

    September 28, 2012
    Bank of America Corporation (BAC) is testing a new mobile payment technology in collaboration with Boston-based Paydiant, ...
  31. Discover Beats on Higher Revenues - Analyst Blog

    September 27, 2012
    Discover Financial Services (DFS) reported third-quarter 2012 earnings per share of $1.21, beating both the Zacks Consensus ...
  32. Groupon Kicks Off Mobile Payments - Analyst Blog

    September 21, 2012
    Groupon Inc. (GRPN) recently announced its entry into the mobile payments market with the launch of Groupon Payments - a ...
  33. MasterCard's 2H12 Growth to Be Tepid - Analyst Blog

    September 21, 2012
    At a recent investor meeting, MasterCard Inc. (MA) laid down its growth projections for the upcoming quarters. The guidance ...
  34. Euronet Expands to Spain and Italy - Analyst Blog

    September 20, 2012
    Yesterday, Euronet Worldwide Inc. (EEFT) announced the expansion of its portfolio of Independent ATM Deployed (IAD) networks ...
  35. Financial Stocks, Including Visa, Making Big Moves on September ...

    September 11, 2012
    The market is doing well so far today. The Nasdaq is trading up 0.3%; the S&P 500 has increased 0.6%; and the Dow is up ...
  36. MasterCard Forays into Myanmar - Analyst Blog

    September 10, 2012
    Taking a proactive expansion step, last week MasterCard Inc. (MA) announced an agreement with Myanmar's Co-Operative Bank ...
  37. MasterCard Retained at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    September 7, 2012
    Recently, we reiterated our Neutral recommendation on MasterCard Inc. (MA) based on its sustained growth momentum amid higher ...
  38. TSS Solidifies Its Presence in UK - Analyst Blog

    August 29, 2012
    In order to facilitate a smooth flow of operations for its clients across all its locations in Europe, Total System Services, ...
  39. MasterCard Inks 5-Year Deal in UK - Analyst Blog

    August 29, 2012
    Yesterday, MasterCard Inc. (MA) announced a five-year strategic alliance with the UK's most dominant communications company, ...
  40. Upcoming Technology Events You Should Know This Week

    August 28, 2012
    This week will see the release of results from only a couple technology firms, though one should lend solid insight into ...
  41. Discover Partners with PayPal - Analyst Blog

    August 24, 2012
    Recently, Discover Financial Services (DFS) announced a partnership with eBay Inc.'s (EBAY) PayPal under which the latter's ...
  42. Total System Allies with SpareBank 1 - Analyst Blog

    August 20, 2012
    Total System Services, Inc. (TSS) and SpareBank 1, a leading Norwegian Bank penned an agreement to avail the right to use ...
  43. JPM Gets Nod for $100M Settlement - Analyst Blog

    August 13, 2012
    Last week, a federal Judge provided preliminary approval to JPMorgan Chase & Co's. (JPM) $100 million settlement pertaining ...
  44. Discover Maintained at Outperform - Analyst Blog

    August 9, 2012
    We are maintaining our Outperform recommendation on Discover Financial Services (DFS) based on the consistent increase in ...
  45. BofA Pays $738M in Merchant Lawsuit - Analyst Blog

    August 6, 2012
    According to Bloomberg, Bank of America Corporation (BAC) will shell out $738 million as compensation to retailers for a ...
  46. Global Payments Riding The Credit Card Wave

    August 1, 2012
    Global Payments represents a very compelling way to gain exposure to the growing market for digital financial transactions.
  47. Financial Sector's Biggest Movers for July 26, 2012: CSH and ...

    July 26, 2012
    The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq has risen 1.1%; the S&P 500 has increased 1.3%; and the Dow has risen ...
  48. JPM Settles $100M Credit Card Suit - Analyst Blog

    July 25, 2012
    On Tuesday, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) agreed to settle a credit card lawsuit by paying $100 million in damages. This class-action ...
  49. AmEx EPS Beats, Spending Climbs - Analyst Blog

    July 19, 2012
    Yesterday, American Express Co. (AXP), also known as AmEx, reported second-quarter 2012 operating earnings per share of $1.15 ...
  50. Big Movers on the Financial Sector Today

    July 17, 2012
    The Nasdaq is trading down 2%, the S&P 500 is down 1.7% and the Dow has slipped 1.3%, marking a bad morning for the market. ...
  51. MA-Visa Settle $7.25B Merchant Suit - Analyst Blog

    July 16, 2012
    Last week, credit card giants MasterCard Inc. (MA) and Visa Inc. V) entered into a formal agreement with the federal court ...
  52. Total System Kept at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    July 9, 2012
    We are reiterating our Neutral recommendation on Total System Services Inc. (TSS) based on the current sustainability factor. ...
  53. Mastercard Partners Deutsche Telekom - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2012
    Consistent with the recent market trend of making payments through mobile phones, Mastercard Incorporated (MA) recently entered ...
  54. AmEx Embracing EMV Technology - Analyst Blog

    July 2, 2012
    In an effort to tap the emerging contactless payments market, American Express Company (AXP) is moving to EMV (Europay, Mastercard ...
  55. Heartland Payment Another Company Poised To Rebound With Small ...

    June 28, 2012
    Heartland has come back strong from a major security breach, but the shares are not quite a great value.
  56. How Much Better Can It Get At Discover?

    June 21, 2012
    Discover is reaping excellent returns, but are they at a peak?
  57. Global Payments Worth The Risk

    June 14, 2012
    There is considerable upside potential to Global Payment's share price, as card-based payments continue to grow rapidly.
  58. Rating Action on American Express - Analyst Blog

    June 8, 2012
    Recently, Standard & Poor's Rating Services (S&P) raised the long-term issuer credit rating (ICR) of the operating subsidiaries ...
  59. VeriFone Turning Into A Noisy Growth Story

    May 29, 2012
    VeriFone has a very real growth opportunity in the ongoing migration towards credit and debit card usage in emerging markets, ...
  60. Are Dow Stocks Better Than S&P Stocks?

    April 26, 2012
    When it comes to the performances of the DJIA and S&P 500, what matters is the valuation of companies, and at the moment, ...
  61. E-Commerce King Raises the Ante

    April 20, 2012
    The next great tech wave will likely come on the e-commerce side of tech, where our smartphones and tablets will also double ...
  62. Short-term Pain at Global Payments

    April 10, 2012
    Its reasonable to assume that Global Payments will continue to churn out double digit sales and earnings growth despite ...
  63. Rallying Large Caps With Strong Sources Of Profitability

    March 12, 2012
    The market rallied to make up for last week's drop.
  64. ETFs For Facebook IPO

    February 14, 2012
    Both the social media and IPO ETFs will likely add Facebook to their portfolios in the coming months.
  65. The 10 Must-Know Market Forces for 2012

    February 14, 2012
    For the first time since 2007, investors have multiple ways to succeed this year. Understanding how the lingering effects ...
  66. Global Payments Maintaining Its Rapid Growth

    January 24, 2012
    As long as credit card usage and electronic payments keep rising, so too should Global Payments' stock.
  67. 4 Stocks To Watch This Week

    January 16, 2012
    These four stocks are from very different sectors, but they all seem to be pulling back to their support levels.
  68. M-Commerce Surges

    January 12, 2012
    2011 saw a substantial increase in purchases made via smartphones and tablets. Analysts expect this trend to continue through ...
  69. Discover Still A Little Underappreciated

    December 19, 2011
    Discover has more risk than some, but its valuation is appealing.
  70. 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 ...
  71. What To Own In This Maddening Market

    November 7, 2011
    The tougher it is for you to understand what a company does and how it makes its money, the tougher it will be for you to ...
  72. Will eBay's Numbers Match Its Business?

    October 24, 2011
    EBay's e-commerce opportunities are real, but the low ROIC is a concern.
  73. How To Bet On Today's New Consumer

    October 17, 2011
    The U.S. economy is all about the consumer. Understanding today's new priorities can help investors navigate today's new ...
  74. Google's Not The Only Player In The Mobile Payment Business

    October 3, 2011
    Finally, a race Google isn't destined to win - at least in the long run.
  75. Green Dot Looking Black And Blue

    August 8, 2011
    A second earnings miss has hit Green Dot, but the underlying business seems undervalued.
  76. 3 Growth Trends Defying the Markets

    July 8, 2011
    Emerging markets got hit hard earlier this year, but their seemingly unstoppable growth means they could lead the next ...
  77. Stocks For An Inflationary World

    June 8, 2011
    It's important to recognize the characteristics of inflation before it's too late.
  78. Credit Card Companies Emerge From Crisis Scot-Free

    May 23, 2011
    Recent earnings reports suggest that credit card reform was not as bad for issuers as they had feared.
  79. MasterCard Continues Charging Forward

    May 11, 2011
    The only thing not to like about MasterCard is its valuation.
  80. Discover: A Cleaner Play On The Consumer Recovery

    March 24, 2011
    Discover's improving credit quality is providing a big lift to earnings.
  81. PayPal Again The Standout At eBay

    January 25, 2011
    Ideally, eBay will split the two businesses and let investors decide which to invest in.
  82. Consumers Inch Back

    January 13, 2011
    Consumers continued to slowly find their way back to spending in the U.S. economy, as consumer credit rose $1.3 billion in ...
  83. Discover's Flat Performance

    December 22, 2010
    Discover showed a profit increase in its latest quarter, but things are not as they appear.
  84. After The GM IPO

    November 30, 2010
    Now that the General Motors IPO buzz has settled, investors might want to take a deeper look at the new GM.
  85. Mastercard Heats Up On Global Plastic Use

    November 4, 2010
    Mastercard posted a healthy earnings increase for the third quarter, led by a surge in card use globally.
  86. Time To Act Locally On Global Payments?

    October 13, 2010
    Is GPN falling into turnaround territory, or just falling?
  87. Discover Shows A Better Credit Environment

    September 22, 2010
    Discover is seeing a solid recovery in transactions and charge-offs.
  88. The World Cup 2010 Portfolio

    June 2, 2010
    Stocks that could really score during the World Cup 2010.
  89. Internet Tech Stocks That Think It's Still 1999

    May 31, 2010
    Two tech stocks power higher in a down market and face shareholder lawsuits.
  90. Invest In The Magazine Portfolio

    May 6, 2010
    Just for fun, I went through advertisers in Canadian House and Home. Despite being a Canadian magazine, well-known names ...
  91. Don't Chase Prices

    April 16, 2010
    With the Dow kissing 11,000 and the S&P flirting with 1,200, investors are bidding up stocks.
  92. Global Payments Continues Its Global Push

    April 6, 2010
    The payment processing industry is highly lucrative and requires minimal capital expenditures to maintain and grow.
  93. Don't Overlook Global Payments

    January 22, 2010
    Global Payments is worth a look given its strong track record of sales and profit growth.
  94. Nordstrom Thawing From Consumer Spending Freeze

    November 18, 2009
    Nordstrom's results indicate that tangible signs of a sales and profit recovery are starting to occur.
  95. Target Less Fashionable Than It Seems

    November 18, 2009
    Target's focus on affordable fashion in apparel and housewares has turned from blessing to curse.
  96. 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 ...
  97. Dow Winners And Losers

    October 16, 2009
    A quick tally of the year-to-date return on some key Dow stocks reveals some interesting trends.
  98. Discover Some Promising "Plastic" Plays

    September 22, 2009
    We look at Discover and see how it stacks up against the other credit card plays.
  99. Initial Jobless Claims

    April 29, 2009
    Unemployment is at extremely high levels and initial claims are climbing, where should you be searching for stocks?
  100. Dark Horse Candidates To Enter The Dow

    March 4, 2009
    The DJIA is sure to be rebalanced over the next year as some members teeter on bankruptcy or face falling from the index.
  101. Dow Throwdown

    February 23, 2009
    With speculation rampant that components of the DJIA will change, we examine the scenario and its meaning for investors.
  102. Buying When Love Is In The Air

    February 18, 2009
    Non-traditional Valentine's gifts can give investors an insight into where the consumer spending trend is evolving.
  103. Global Payments Renders Profitability

    January 8, 2009
    Solid second-quarter earnings suggest that growth is on the horizon for this payment processor.
  104. Next Credit Crisis - Consumer?

    September 2, 2008
    Is the credit crisis about to spill over to the consumer credit companies? If so, you need to keep an eye on these stocks.
  105. Five Companies That Love (Earnings) Surprises

    June 20, 2008
    Stocks that can string together many quarters of positive earnings surprises are usually rewarded. Learn why the market loves ...
  106. Invest In Your ABCs

    May 30, 2008
    Can investing in a portolio of 10 stocks whose symbols use only one letter actually outperform the S&P 500? You bet, and ...
  107. 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.
  108. MasterCard's Q1 Results: Priceless

    April 29, 2008
    Despite a weakening economy, MasterCard users kept swiping, propelling the company to estimate-beating earnings.
  109. Why Millionaires Trust Northern Trust

    April 16, 2008
    With a hundred year history of watching the savings of the rich and infamous, Northern Trust is the one bank you can rely ...
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