MA : Analysis & Opinions

  1. MasterCard Stock Makes Top Pick at RBC Capital

    January 6, 2017
    Beyond strong earnings and revenue growth prospects, MasterCard should benefit from higher interest rate policies.
  2. MasterCard Stock Trades Ex-Dividend Thursday

    January 5, 2017
    MasterCard will send its dividend payment on Feb. 9 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 9.
  3. What Drives American Express in 2017?

    January 3, 2017
    American Express surprised the market in 2016 with the rate at which its business improved.
  4. Two Reasons to Own MasterCard in 2017

    January 3, 2017
    With 2016 returns of only 6%, shares MasterCard were arguably a disappointment last year, but there are still reasons to ...
  5. Buyback Fever: What's Driving the Buying Spree

    December 28, 2016
    American companies are stepping up buybacks in anticipation of Trump's planned repatriation tax holiday.
  6. MasterCard Initiates $4B Buyback Plan, Boosts Dividend (MA)

    December 7, 2016
    MasterCard believes its shares remain one of the best ways to invest its capital. And it is willing to pay investors a higher ...
  7. Visa Stock Upgrade by Guggenheim (V, MA)

    December 6, 2016
    Shares of Visa rose as much as 2.5% Monday, reaching a session high of $77.60 after the company received an endorsement by ...
  8. Mastercard Dives Into Artificial Intelligence (MA)

    December 2, 2016
    Faster transactions times that offer increased security to consumers remains a key aspect of Mastercard's many long-term ...
  9. Is Now the Time to Buy MasterCard? (MA)

    November 28, 2016
    MasterCard's strong market position, solid global brand recognition and ongoing partnerships with various merchants should ...
  10. MasterCard Insiders Sell Shares (MA)

    November 21, 2016
    Have MasterCard shares become too rich, given that company insiders have sold and continue to sell large chunks of company ...
  11. Payment Stocks Can Still Pay: Jefferies Analyst (PYPL, MA)

    November 17, 2016
    The decline in PayPal has nothing to do with concerns about its fundamentals or valuation.
  12. A Look at MasterCard vs. Visa (MA, V)

    November 7, 2016
    Both firms have performed well despite the low interest rate environment.
  13. MasterCard Earnings Seen Rising 16%: Barron's (MA)

    November 3, 2016
    MasterCard's earnings are expected to rise 16%, according to Barron's, which cited underlying momentum in third quarter financial ...
  14. MasterCard Rises on Q3 Earnings, Revenue Beat (MA)

    October 31, 2016
    The credit and debit card issuer reported third quarter earnings results that beat Wall Street's estimates on both the top ...
  15. MasterCard Delivers Strong Third-Quarter Results

    October 28, 2016
    Shares of payment systems operator MasterCard (NYSE: MA) were up, on a generally sideways day for the stock market, after ...
  16. American Express Levels To Watch After Earnings (AXP, V)

    October 19, 2016
    Look for American Express bottom fishers to limit damage after this week's quarterly earnings report.
  17. Why MasterCard May Soon Ask You for a Selfie

    September 30, 2016
    To stamp out online fraud, MasterCard plans to ask cardholders to use a selfie or fingerprint scan to verify their online ...
  18. Zacks: Visa's Growth Engages New Tech (V, AXP)

    September 26, 2016
    As Visa executes its plan for near-term strategic growth, Zacks gives a nod toward the payments technology company remaining ...
  19. MasterCard vs. AMEX Platinum Card: Which Has Better Benefits? ...

    September 4, 2016
    Both are good choices, but which is best?
  20. 5 Fintech Firms Emerging in Ireland (CAN, MA)

    September 1, 2016
    Discover information about some of the major financial technology firms headquartered in Ireland, a major fintech center ...
  21. Mastercard Acquires VocaLink for $920 Million (MA)

    August 26, 2016
    MasterCard’s CFO says the deal represents a larger company initiative to actively participate in all types of electronic ...
  22. 3 Reasons Credit Cards with Chips Are Safer (MA, V)

    August 23, 2016
    Discover the three ways chip-embedded cards are safer that those with magnetic stripes and how the integration of PIN codes ...
  23. How MasterCard Beat Q2 Estimates

    July 28, 2016
    Healthy growth in transactions using its cards is boosting MasterCard's (NYSE: MA) business, which showed up in the numbers ...
  24. MasterCard Stock Rises on Q2 Earnings, Rev Beat (MA)

    July 28, 2016
    The credit and debit card issuer reported second quarter earnings results that beat Wall Street's estimates on both the top ...
  25. MasterCard Buys U.K.'s VocaLink for $920 Million

    July 25, 2016
    MasterCard (NYSE: MA), it seems, is taking advantage of a big currency shift to buy a large asset at a discount. The credit ...
  26. MasterCard Weighs Entering The China Market (MA)

    July 22, 2016
    China is expected to be the world's largest market for credit card processors by 2020.
  27. MasterCard Stock Trades Ex-Dividend Wednesday (MA)

    July 5, 2016
    MasterCard will send its dividend payment on August 9 to shareholders of record as of July 8.
  28. Two Financials To Sell Short At Resistance (JPM, MA)

    June 29, 2016
    The financial sector got clobbered after the Brexit referendum and should offer profitable short sales when the latest relief ...
  29. EU Regulator Approves Visa's Buy of Visa Europe

    June 3, 2016
    Visa (NYSE: V) has won its final, and most crucial, regulatory approval for its large-scale acquisition of peer payments ...
  30. Barnes & Noble Offers a More Rewarding Mastercard

    June 2, 2016
    Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) needs to do everything it possibly can to hold onto customers, especially its most loyal ...
  31. Visa and MasterCard Ready to Test Breakout Levels (V, MA)

    June 1, 2016
    MasterCard shows a stronger accumulation pattern than rival Visa and should post more reliable gains after a breakout.
  32. Oakmark Equity And Income Portfolio Trends in 2016 (OAKBX)

    May 10, 2016
    Discover the Oakmark Equity & Income Fund, its portfolio trends in 2016 and the manager who has been at the helm for over ...
  33. 3 Best Dividend-Paying U.S. Financial Mutual Funds (FSVLX, PRISX)

    May 1, 2016
    Find out the best dividend-paying mutual funds in the financial services sector. The best funds combine solid yields with ...
  34. LinkedIn's Student App Could Be a Revenue Driver

    April 27, 2016
    If a company can land a customer during their formative years, it becomes easier for it to retain a lifelong relationship. ...
  35. Trade American Express on Both Sides (AXP, V)

    April 14, 2016
    American Express may offer profits with short term long trades and long-term short sales.
  36. Wal-Mart and Costo Improve Their Rewards Programs

    April 4, 2016
    After posting its first annual drop in sales since the company went public 45 years ago, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has decided ...
  37. Banks, Credit Card Companies May Track Your Phone (DFS, MA)

    March 8, 2016
    Banks and credit card companies have hit on a simple, effective way to know when a transaction is fraudulent: track customers' ...
  38. Visa and MasterCard May Be Headed Higher (V, MA)

    March 2, 2016
    Visa and MasterCard positive price action should attract broad interest in the weeks ahead.
  39. Why Is the Market Punishing American Express?

    March 1, 2016
    American Express shares lost over 40% of their value in 2015. We examine some of the factors contributing to this fall.
  40. Top 5 Positions in Janus Capital Management's Portfolio (JNS, ...

    February 29, 2016
    Explore detailed analyses of the top five positions in Janus Capital Management's portfolio based on the company's September ...
  41. Keep Forgetting Passwords? Take A Selfie Instead! (MA, HSBC)

    February 23, 2016
    Keep forgetting your passwords? MasterCard provides a new way to authenticate online purchases; by clicking a selfie or using ...
  42. MasterCard Earnings Up 11% on Higher Volumes

    January 29, 2016
    While it would have been better to buy MA shares prior to Friday's announcement, it's not too late to take a swipe here, ...
  43. These 25 Stocks Are Dividend Superstars (NVDA, MA)

    December 31, 2015
    These 25 stocks are dividend superstars, but only four should be on your radar.
  44. PayPal Vs. Venmo: Function versus Fun (PYPL, EBAY)

    December 28, 2015
    PayPal and Venmo are both great services depending on what the customer wants.
  45. Why MasterCard Dividend Hike Is Far From Generous

    December 11, 2015
    More swipes mean more cash for shareholders. At least, that's the case with purchase card processing giant MasterCard (NYSE: ...
  46. Why Visa Is a Solid Long-Term Bet

    December 6, 2015
    Here's look at Visa, which has been an impressive performer since its IPO in 2008. It's now set to acquire Europe Visa.
  47. How MasterCard Pulled Off a Buyback

    November 12, 2015
    Stock buyback refers to publicly traded companies buying back their shares from shareholders. Why would they do that?
  48. McDonald's Launches Its Own Peace Day Initiative

    September 22, 2015
    Still reeling from the backlash it got for rejecting its rival's joint marketing proposal to support the United Nation's ...
  49. Target Faces Yet Another Lawsuit Over Data Breach (MA, TGT)

    September 17, 2015
    The fallout from a data breach in 2013 continues to plague Target (NYSE: TGT). Having settled for $10 million earlier this ...
  50. Analyst: Two Finance-Themed Pair Trades That Could Make You Money

    September 16, 2015
    Financial stocks have fallen on Chinese growth concerns, but the Street's target prices "barely moved," according to James ...
  51. Target and Visa to Settle Over Data Breach (MA, TGT)

    August 25, 2015
    The impact from Target's (NYSE: TGT) massive data breach two years ago continues to be felt as the retailer is said to have ...
  52. American Express Q2 Revenue, Net Decline (AXP, C)

    July 24, 2015
    American Express (NYSE: AXP) stock has been a laggard so far this year behind rivals Visa and MasterCard. It seems AmEx's ...
  53. Ink Plus or Starwood Preferred, Which Credit Card Is Right for ...

    July 2, 2015
    Maximize Your Business Rewards: Chase Ink Plus vs. Starwood Preferred.
  54. American Express's Main Competition

    May 14, 2015
    American Express competes with Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Financial Services in the credit card space. It also competes ...
  55. How To Make Money With Facebook

    April 17, 2015
    With roughly 1.15 billion users, Facebook is the world’s largest social networking platform and a great resource for savvy ...
  56. How Bitcoin Can Change The World

    March 26, 2015
    Bitcoin has the potential to not only create savings for consumer, but also to transform global transactions.
  57. How MasterCard Likely Earned a Spot in Your Wallet

    March 26, 2015
    An in depth look at MasterCard and its future prospects as an investment.
  58. Profit From High Consumer Spending With Visa Or Mastercard

    March 9, 2015
    American consumers have more money to spend thanks to falling gas prices. Investing in Visa and MasterCard may give investors ...
  59. A Ban On SWIFT Could Hit Russia Where It Hurts Most (MA, V)

    February 23, 2015
    A SWIFT ban on Russia could have a crippling effect on its debt-servicing ability and overall economy, and just might force ...
  60. Visa vs. MasterCard: Is There a Difference?

    February 2, 2015
    Visa and MasterCard are two of the most widely used credit card brands. But are the differences between the two significant ...
  61. What Cuba-US Relations Could Mean For U.S. Industry

    January 30, 2015
    The restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba could mean big profits for U.S. travel, agriculture, and financial services ...
  62. How American Express Counts on Your Profligacy (AXP, MA)

    January 27, 2015
    Consumers like novelty, reliability, variety, and other subjective qualities. But what really keeps them coming back to American ...
  63. Apple Pay vs Google Wallet: How They Work

    January 2, 2015
    Apple Pay and Google Wallet are mostly identical offerings. Apple may be to be easier to use, but Google has a more features.
  64. ShopRite: Supermarket Model for Modern Shoppers?

    December 12, 2014
    ShopRite is a supermarket model that stands out amid the everyday, widespread, corporate-controlled supermarket chains. But ...
  65. Do Your Card's Travel Benefits Make The Grade?

    October 28, 2014
    If you take frequent trips, it pays to evaluate the different travel benefits that a credit card offers – from airline miles ...
  66. Credit Cards With Travel Insurance

    October 24, 2014
    Some credit cards offer travel coverage, which may include trip cancellations, lost baggage and rental-car damages. Just ...
  67. Is Cash Or Credit Better For European Trips?

    October 23, 2014
    If you're traveling to Europe, make sure you have a widely accepted credit card that uses chip technology. It doesn't hurt ...
  68. Traveler's Checks Vs. ATM Cash: Tips for Tourists

    October 14, 2014
    Traveler's checks were once the preferred way to make purchases overseas, but most tourists now get cash at an ATM – or use ...
  69. The Big Credit Card Companies Have Room to Grow

    October 10, 2014
    With so many credit cards in daily use, credit card issuers have grown with their businesses.
  70. The 'Forever Stock' Poised To Win The Consumer-Spending War

    September 25, 2014
  71. How To Cash In On Credit Cards

    August 28, 2014
    How can an investor cash in on rising credit card use? There isn't an ETF yet, so let's look at the companies themselves.
  72. How To Trade Credit Card Stocks

    July 31, 2014
    The four major credit card stocks have been doing some interesting things lately. Here's how to trade them, where to buy ...
  73. What Is ICE LIBOR And What Is It Used For?

    May 22, 2014
    In the case of ICE LIBOR, an innocent-sounding set of letters has a profound bearing on every loan you make.
  74. This Blue-Chip Stock May Be Close To A Breakout

    May 6, 2014
    Here are two important facts if you're a trader: #-ad_banner-#First, research firm Nielsen just reported that global consumer ...
  75. 2 Stocks For The Ultimate Pairs Trade

    April 2, 2014
    Since the 1980s, one of the most well-known and heavily used strategies among hedge funds and portfolio managers has been ...
  76. The 18.9% Yield Most Investors Are Missing

    February 19, 2014
    Most people think investing success is a matter of finding good stocks and buying them when the odds favor a rise in the ...
  77. How To Earn Double-Digit Income From A 1% Yielder

    February 19, 2014
    Most people think investing success is a matter of finding good stocks and buying them when the odds favor a rise in the ...
  78. MasterCard Split Entices New Shareholders

    December 12, 2013
    MasterCard has been on a tear this year with a 49.65% run-up in its share price before it announced after trading hours Tuesday ...
  79. Credit Card Stocks Are Charging Higher

    April 3, 2012
    Credit card debt is just an unfortunate fact of life for many Americans, but the savvy among us know that revenge can be ...
  80. Buffett: Buying When Others Are Selling

    November 24, 2011
    Buffett invests for the long-term and expects significant upside over that period. Investors would do well to take notes ...
  81. Buffett Says: Invest In "Toll Bridges"

    October 27, 2009
    Find a business that makes its money by charging a small sum to a high-volume consumer base on a regular basis and you just ...
  82. Gmarket: The Ebay Of The East

    August 26, 2008
    Gmarket is winning the ecommerce battle in Korea and has designs on the rest of Asia. Learn why online giant Ebay is looking ...