Mastercard (MA) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Report Shows

News articles about Mastercard (NYSE:MA) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Mastercard earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the credit services provider an impact score of 44.7133700710183 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Mastercard (MA) opened at $164.59 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $174,250.00, a PE ratio of 45.09, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.80 and a beta of 1.26. Mastercard has a 52 week low of $105.69 and a 52 week high of $177.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a quick ratio of 1.66 and a current ratio of 1.57.

Mastercard (NYSE:MA) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The credit services provider reported $1.14 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.12 by $0.02. Mastercard had a return on equity of 83.57% and a net margin of 31.33%. The firm had revenue of $3.31 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.25 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.86 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 20.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Mastercard will post 5.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 9th. Investors of record on Monday, April 9th will be issued a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.61%. Mastercard’s payout ratio is 27.40%.

Mastercard announced that its board has initiated a stock buyback program on Monday, December 4th that permits the company to repurchase $4.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the credit services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Mastercard from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $191.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price target on Mastercard to $206.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday. Cantor Fitzgerald upped their price objective on Mastercard to $198.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday. Barclays upped their price objective on Mastercard from $178.00 to $195.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on Mastercard from $178.00 to $192.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and thirty have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $176.64.

In related news, insider Edward Grunde Mclaughlin sold 17,167 shares of Mastercard stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $151.81, for a total value of $2,606,122.27. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 47,901 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,271,850.81. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Insiders own 0.30% of the company’s stock.

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About Mastercard

MasterCard Incorporated is a technology company that connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses across the world, enabling them to use electronic forms of payment. The Company operates through Payment Solutions segment. The Company allows user to make payments by creating a range of payment solutions and services using its brands, which include MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus.

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