Mastercard (MA) Receives Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.38

News coverage about Mastercard (NYSE:MA) has been trending neutral on Tuesday, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Mastercard earned a media sentiment score of 0.38 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news coverage about the credit services provider an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Mastercard’s score:

NYSE:MA opened at $209.86 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 1.55 and a current ratio of 1.55. Mastercard has a one year low of $140.61 and a one year high of $225.35. The company has a market cap of $207.66 billion, a P/E ratio of 45.82, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.72 and a beta of 1.21.

Mastercard (NYSE:MA) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 30th. The credit services provider reported $1.78 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.68 by $0.10. Mastercard had a net margin of 35.88% and a return on equity of 114.58%. The business had revenue of $3.90 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.86 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.34 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 14.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect that Mastercard will post 6.43 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 9th. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 9th were given a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, October 5th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.48%. Mastercard’s dividend payout ratio is presently 21.83%.

A number of research firms recently commented on MA. Royal Bank of Canada raised their price target on shares of Mastercard from $223.00 to $232.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Wells Fargo & Co raised their price target on shares of Mastercard from $230.00 to $250.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 1st. BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on shares of Mastercard from $238.00 to $248.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $210.00 price target on shares of Mastercard in a research report on Tuesday, November 13th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised their price target on shares of Mastercard from $210.00 to $224.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 8th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-six have assigned a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $220.55.

In other news, Director Richard K. Davis purchased 2,475 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 2nd. The shares were purchased at an average price of $196.37 per share, for a total transaction of $486,015.75. Following the transaction, the director now owns 3,468 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $681,011.16. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 0.32% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Mastercard

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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