The Dow (INDEX: ^DJI ) ticked down slightly today, but some stocks fell considerably more:
|American Express (NYSE: AXP )||(2.5%)|
|Disney (NYSE: DIS )||(1.1%)|
|JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM )||(0.7%)|
Retailers are moving ahead with a proposed $7.2 billion settlement with Visa (NYSE: V ) and MasterCard for alleged price fixing. Although that might seem like a good thing for American Express, the settlement might have been tougher given that big retailers like Target and Wal-Mart had been pushing for harsher terms. What's more, the agreement will let merchants collectively negotiate swipe fees and allow merchants to charge extra for credit cards. AmEx also appointed Bank of America's former Enterprise CIO and CTO as its CIO.
JPMorgan is picking up the tab for $1.2 billion of the card settlement, with Bank of America and Citigroup picking up smaller amounts (we're talking only hundreds of millions.) The bank is facing other legal problems as well; it's been hit with a zillion subpoenas over the LIBOR interest rate rigging scandal, 11 agencies are investigating its "London Whale" derivatives trade that torched $6 billion, which caused the bank to formally restate its first-quarter earnings today.
Disney's stock took a breather after jumping on yesterday's good earnings announcement due to The Avengers and ESPN. My colleague Tim Beyers, an expert on Disney's Marvel Studios, explains why he thinks Disney just became a screaming buy.
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