Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) Underpriced by 3.9%

Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) Underpriced by 3.9%”

A number of other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on the company. October 18 investment analysts at Barclays maintained a stock rating of "Overweight" and raised the price target from $148.00 to $158.00. Barclays PLC lifted their target price on MasterCard from $107.00 to $110.00 and gave the stock an "overweight" rating in a report on Thursday, September 8th. Barclays PLC now has an overweight rating on the stock. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-three have given a buy rating to the company's stock. The company presently has an average rating of "Buy" and an average target price of $149.98.

Publicly-traded company Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) had a closing price of $148.95 yesterday.

The company's stock is now moving with a +ve distance from the 200 day SMA of approximately 20.83%, and has a solid year to date (YTD) performance of 44.26% which means that the stock is constantly adding to its value from the previous fiscal year end price. Mastercard Incorporated has a one year low of $99.51 and a one year high of $151.48. The 50 day moving average was up $5.31 or +3.70% and the 200 day average was up $19.55.

MasterCard (NYSE:MA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 28th. MasterCard had a return on equity of 69.11% and a net margin of 38.11%. The company earned $2.88 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.74 billion. In the last earnings report the EPS was $4.03 and is estimated to be $4.44 for the current year with 1,064,897,000 shares now outstanding. This showed a surprise of 5.8% in the last quarter earnings.

For the current quarter, 34 analysts are projecting a mean EPS of $1.23/share. Stockholders of record on Friday, October 6th will be paid a $0.22 dividend. The ex-dividend date will be on Thursday October 5th, 2017. This dividend represents a yield of $0.60. The total value of its holdings increased 16.6%.

The company now has an insider ownership of 10.8 Percent and Institutional ownership of 79.3 Percent. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Martina Hundmejean sold 91,107 shares of the company's stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $147.59, for a total value of $856,022.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 16,391 shares in the company, valued at $1,581,239.77. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. During last 3 month period, 0.02% of total institutional ownership has changed in the company shares. The value of the investment in (MA) went from $60,835,000 to $74,365,000 increasing 22.2% quarter to quarter. Concert Wealth Management Inc. lifted its holdings in Mastercard by 0.3% during the 1st quarter. Shares of the company are trading at $148.95 a tad above the 50 day moving average of $143.64 and quite a bit higher than the 200 day moving average of $129.40. Lipe & Dalton purchased a new position in Mastercard in the first quarter valued at approximately $101,000. The value of the investment in Mastercard Incorporated increased from $49,023,000 to $81,264,000 a change of $32,241,000 quarter to quarter. Finally, Norway Savings Bank boosted its stake in Mastercard by 1.1% during the second quarter. Aperio Group, LLC grew its stake by buying 25,758 shares an increase of 5.1% in the quarter.

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