Does Square Make Money?

Square (NYSE: SQ) is one of those companies that looks like it would be a great value investment on paper.

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eBay is Still a Better Investment than Amazon

There is also one very ugly number in eBay’s financials and that’s cash from operations. Over the course of 2016 the amount of cash flowing through eBay’s till fell by $1.207 billion, and that occurred in eBay’s first year without PayPal.

eBay reported $4.033 in cash from operations at the end of fourth quarter 2015, and $2.826 billion in cash from operations on December 31, 2016. This is worrisome because all the additional revenue growth does not seem to be translating into additional cash.

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Android Pay Now Supports PayPal, Discover and Visa Checkout

Among other things that means Android Pay is now accepted at all Walgreens (NASDAQ: WBA) drugstores, Payments.com reported. It also means but Android Pay can now be integrated with Walgreens Balance Reward card program much like Apple Pay is. Unfortunately Walgreens was the only store mentioned in news stories about the new registers.

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PayPal Keeps Growing and Growing and Growing

That makes PayPal a growth stock that generates a lot of cash. My guess is that it will pay a nice dividend day, but until then it will generate a lot of cash and grow systematically. PayPal is on track to becoming a payment industry giant that might outstrip such historic rivals as American Express (NYSE: AXP) at some point.

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US Bancorp the Value in Banking

I’ve begun to really like bank stocks lately because they’re cheap and fast-growing but produce a lot of income. One

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MasterCard Joins the Payment App Wars

MasterPass looks like a serious contender in the payment wars that has a few advantages over Apple Pay. A big one is the existing MasterCard payment network. One critical step the company has done is to get the big monster banks including BOA and Citi (NYSE: C) onboard. Notably missing is Chase which is pushing its own Chase Pay solution.

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Is Desperate American Express following in Lending Club’s Footsteps?

Like their brethren at PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) and Square, American Express’s leaders think they can limit the risks from such lending with their detailed knowledge of spending habits. For example, Amex might extend more credit to a borrower, who only uses his credit card to pay for business supplies. The company deny credit to somebody who uses her card to pay off a bar tab or a casino.

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Is Apple Pay Finally Coming to Apple?

Apple Pay might have a major new competitor with some intriguing capabilities. A British startup called Plutus has unveiled plans for Plutus Tap & Pay, a payment app that allows a customer to instantly pay with Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency called Ethereum.

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