Square IPO

After a haircut in its IPO earlier this week, to $9.00 per share, Square’s first day of trading yesterday soared more than 60%, closing at $13.07. It was expected to price in the $11 to $13 range but there has been growing skepticism among institutional investors in regard to tech unicorns.

Holiday Retail

Holiday retail sales are expected to grow by 3.6% driven by growing consumer optimism about personal finances, Nearly half (47%) of those surveyed indicate they are more confident in their financial situation than last year (37%), and 48% plan to start their holiday shopping earlier this year.

Green Dot 3Q/15

CA-based prepaid card specialist Green Dot reported financial reported consolidated GAAP and non-GAAP total operating revenues of $146.4 million and $146.5 million, respectively, following the major loss of MoneyPak. Green Dot generated net cash from operations of $114 million year to date.

Top 4 Network Q3 P/L

Again driven by Visa’s electric performance in the third quarter with net income rising 41%, payment card profits for the top four networks rose 7.2% in the third quarter, compared to one-year ago. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover reported a combined 3Q/15 profit of $3883 million, compared to $3621 million for 3Q/14.