It’s been a rough three years for banks, securities firms and insurers -- even rougher for the analysts whose job it is to predict how the stocks of these firms will perform, Bloomberg Markets reports in its November issue.
Five years ago Springleaf Holdings Inc. was losing more than $1 billion annually as the financial crisis crippled its business of lending to people with poor credit. Fighting off bankruptcy, it closed more than 200 branches and laid off about 800 employees in 2012.
MasterCard Inc.’s approach to making bank-card transactions more secure could give it a competitive edge, analysts said after Target Corp. awarded its portfolio to the company yesterday over larger rival Visa Inc.
MasterCard Inc. , the world’s second- biggest payments network, said it will acquire prepaid card- management assets from Travelex Holdings Ltd. for 290 million pounds ($458 million) to expand in one of the fastest growing segments of the charge-card market.
Shares of American Express Co. are poised to rally as analysts signal its earnings growth will outpace companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, even as investors have yet to reflect such optimism.