Press coverage about Mastercard (NYSE:MA) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Mastercard earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the credit services provider an impact score of 46.7068912891997 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several research analysts have commented on the company. BidaskClub upgraded Mastercard from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Guggenheim upgraded Mastercard from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price objective for the stock from $135.00 to $153.00 in a report on Monday, September 11th. Citigroup Inc. raised their price objective on Mastercard from $123.00 to $140.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, June 19th. Vetr downgraded Mastercard from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $115.30 price objective on the stock. in a report on Monday, May 22nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on Mastercard from $126.00 to $137.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, twenty-two have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $138.43.

Shares of Mastercard (MA) traded down 0.13% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $141.40. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,843,463 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $150.58 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.09 and a beta of 1.18. The company’s 50-day moving average is $133.48 and its 200-day moving average is $122.39. Mastercard has a 52 week low of $99.51 and a 52 week high of $143.52.

Mastercard (NYSE:MA) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The credit services provider reported $1.10 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.04 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $3.05 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.98 billion. Mastercard had a return on equity of 74.92% and a net margin of 38.30%. Mastercard’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.96 earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that Mastercard will post $4.43 EPS for the current year.

In other Mastercard news, CFO Martina Hundmejean sold 91,107 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $129.79, for a total value of $11,824,777.53. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 170,570 shares in the company, valued at $22,138,280.30. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, major shareholder Foundation Mastercard sold 29,206 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, July 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $130.33, for a total transaction of $3,806,417.98. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 112,473,827 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,658,713,872.91. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 850,468 shares of company stock worth $109,574,694 in the last three months. 0.30% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Mastercard Company Profile

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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