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What: Shares of payment service provider Moneygram (NASDAQ:MGI) fell as much a 10% today, and finished the day down 6%, after a downgrade from Credit Suisse.
So what: The Swiss bank lowered its rating from outperform to neutral, saying it sees competition heating up in the industry. Both Moneygram and rival Western Union (NYSE:WU) have decreased prices for online money transfers lately. Credit Suisse also noted regulatory pressure from the Dodd-Frank Act could negatively affect Moneygram by encouraging competition, lowering prices, and giving their customers, often immigrants, more options.
Now what: Starting in February, the Dodd-Frank legislation will impose certain requirements on companies like Moneygram, such as disclosing more information about transfer fees and foreign exchange rates. However, there are no actual caps on fees, and the target companies insist they already provide the necessary information so the effects of the law on the bottom line remain to be seen. Analysts still see solid growth ahead, projecting EPS to increase by 25% next year.
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