Headlines about Mastercard (NYSE:MA) have trended neutral recently, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Mastercard earned a news sentiment score of 0.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the credit services provider an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
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Several equities analysts have recently commented on MA shares. William Blair reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Mastercard in a research report on Friday, September 13th. Tigress Financial reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Mastercard in a report on Thursday, August 22nd. Guggenheim set a $305.00 price target on Mastercard and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 1st. Moffett Nathanson set a $320.00 price target on Mastercard and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 18th. Finally, Compass Point started coverage on Mastercard in a report on Thursday. They issued a “buy” rating and a $330.00 price objective on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $304.48.
Shares of NYSE MA opened at $289.85 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $294.82 billion, a PE ratio of 44.66, a P/E/G ratio of 2.38 and a beta of 1.04. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.55, a current ratio of 1.39 and a quick ratio of 1.39. The business has a fifty day moving average price of $278.78 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $272.42. Mastercard has a fifty-two week low of $171.89 and a fifty-two week high of $293.69.
Mastercard (NYSE:MA) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 29th. The credit services provider reported $2.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.01 by $0.14. Mastercard had a return on equity of 146.92% and a net margin of 42.50%. The company had revenue of $4.47 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.41 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.78 EPS. Mastercard’s quarterly revenue was up 14.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that Mastercard will post 7.69 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 7th. Investors of record on Thursday, January 9th will be paid a $0.40 dividend. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.55%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 8th. This is an increase from Mastercard’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.33. Mastercard’s payout ratio is 20.34%.
In other Mastercard news, Director Richard Haythornthwaite sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $280.00, for a total transaction of $1,400,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 32,119 shares in the company, valued at $8,993,320. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Foundation Mastercard sold 15,089 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $280.78, for a total transaction of $4,236,689.42. Insiders have sold 95,509 shares of company stock valued at $26,273,562 in the last ninety days. 3.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
Mastercard Company Profile
Mastercard Incorporated, a technology company, provides transaction processing and other payment-related products and services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services.
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