News coverage about Mastercard (NYSE:MA) has been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Mastercard earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 45.4999637569933 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Mastercard (MA) Given New $0.00 Price Target at Oppenheimer (americanbankingnews.com)
- IDEMIA, Mastercard Team with UAE Merchant Acquirer to Promote mPOS Service (mobileidworld.com)
- Enrapturing Stocks – Mastercard Incorporated, NYSE: MA), NiSource Inc., (NYSE: NI) (dailynysenews.com)
- IDEMIA, Network International, and Mastercard Team Up for Smartphone-Turned POS Terminals (readitquik.com)
- Mastercard hires former Obama trade adviser for strategic growth role (paymentssource.com)
A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on MA shares. Vetr raised shares of Mastercard from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $182.50 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Royal Bank of Canada cut shares of Mastercard from a “top pick” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $130.00 target price for the company. in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Guggenheim reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $201.00 target price on shares of Mastercard in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Piper Jaffray upped their target price on shares of Mastercard from $208.00 to $212.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $164.00 target price on shares of Mastercard in a report on Monday, January 8th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirty-one have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $179.62.
Mastercard (NYSE:MA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The credit services provider reported $1.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.12 by $0.02. Mastercard had a net margin of 31.33% and a return on equity of 83.57%. The business had revenue of $3.31 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.25 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.86 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 20.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Mastercard will post 5.94 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 9th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 6th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.56%. Mastercard’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 21.83%.
In other news, General Counsel Timothy H. Murphy sold 30,628 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $180.44, for a total transaction of $5,526,516.32. Following the transaction, the general counsel now directly owns 59,907 shares in the company, valued at $10,809,619.08. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director David R. Carlucci sold 5,950 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $183.10, for a total transaction of $1,089,445.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 45,571 shares of company stock worth $8,174,328. Company insiders own 0.30% of the company’s stock.
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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