Mastercard Incorporated (MA) Review – Making Smarter Decisions

3,053 institutions hold shares in Mastercard Incorporated (MA), with 114.37M shares held by insiders accounting for 11.51% while institutional investors hold 87.46% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 999.00M, and float is at 868.47M with Short Float at 0.67%. Institutions hold 77.39% of the Float.

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The top institutional shareholder in the company is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) with over 70.49 million shares valued at $25.16 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 7.16% of the MA Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is Blackrock Inc. with 66.94 million shares valued at $23.89 billion to account for 6.80% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are State Street Corporation which holds 34.77 million shares representing 3.53% and valued at over $12.41 billion, while FMR, LLC holds 2.98% of the shares totaling 29.38 million with a market value of $10.49 billion.

Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE: MA) is -4.56% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $199.99 and a high of $367.25 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will make a comeback and enjoy potential growth. Why not look at analysts view on what the future holds for the stock. The MA stock was last observed hovering at around $333.17 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 7.49% off its average median price target of $385.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 22.58% off the consensus price target high of $440.00 offered by 39 analysts, but current levels are -7.13% lower than the price target low of $318.00 for the same period.

Currently trading at $340.66, the stock is 2.47% and 1.22% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 4.93 million and changing 2.25% at the moment leaves the stock 5.29% off its SMA200. MA registered 0.28% gain for a year compared to 6-month loss of 0.99%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $335.82 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $334.87.

The stock witnessed a 1.86% gain in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a 1.41%, and is -0.10% down over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 2.47% over the week and 2.40% over the month.

Mastercard Incorporated (MA) has around 18600 employees, a market worth around $343.77B and $15.30B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 53.44 and Fwd P/E is 32.84. Profit margin for the company is 41.90%. Distance from 52-week low is 70.34% and -7.24% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (35.30%).

Mastercard Incorporated (MA) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Mastercard Incorporated (MA) is a “Buy”. 39 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 1.80, where 6 rate it as a Hold and 4 think it is a “Overweight”. 29 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Mastercard Incorporated is expected to release its quarterly report on 05/04/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $1.57 with sales reaching $3.98B over the same period.The EPS is expected to shrink by -19.50% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 18.00% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to shrink -0.70% in year-over-year returns.

Mastercard Incorporated (MA) Insider Activity

A total of 74 insider transactions have happened at Mastercard Incorporated (MA) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 60 and purchases happening 14 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by Mastercard Foundation, the company’s 10% Owner. SEC filings show that Mastercard Foundation sold 57,194 shares of the company’s common stock on Feb 16 at a price of $340.03 per share for a total of $19.45 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 107.98 million shares.

Mastercard Incorporated disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Feb 12 that Mastercard Foundation (10% Owner) sold a total of 57,198 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Feb 12 and was made at $339.65 per share for $19.43 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 108.04 million shares of the MA stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Feb 11, Caldart Gilberto (President, International) disposed off 7,000 shares at an average price of $345.50 for $2.42 million. The insider now directly holds 1,572 shares of Mastercard Incorporated (MA).

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Mastercard Incorporated (MA): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include AT&T Inc. (T) that is trading -23.94% down over the past 12 months. T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) is 19.62% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has risen 33.51% from the last report on Dec 30, 2020 to stand at a total of 3.85 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 1.22.

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