Walmart taps Capital One for store cards, ends Synchrony deal: WSJ

(Reuters) – Walmart Inc (WMT.N) has chosen Capital One Financial Corp (COF.N) as the new issuer of its store credit card, ending a partnership with Synchrony Financial, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Walmart is pictured at one of their stores in Monterrey, Mexico March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo

Shares of Synchrony Financial (SYF.N) were down 6.5 percent at $31.25 in afternoon trading, while those of capital One were little changed.

Under the deal, Capital One will issue credit cards that can only be used on Walmart’s website and stores, as well as co-branded cards that can be used almost anywhere else, the Journal reported.

Synchrony, which issues private-label cards as well as co-branded cards, has been Walmart’s exclusive credit-card issuer since 1999.

It was not immediately clear about the future of roughly $10 billion portfolio of Walmart card balances that Synchrony has, WSJ reported.

Walmart, Capital One and Synchrony were not immediately available for comment.

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