Mastercard Incorporated [NYSE: MA] closed the trading session at $375.48 on 05/06/21. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $365.70, while the highest price level was $375.73. The company report on May 6, 2021 that Mastercard SpendingPulse: April U.S. Retail Sales Grow 23.3%* as Trends Point to a Recovering Economy.
Restaurant sector posts second consecutive month of positive growth as Americans are hungry to get out and spend.
Total U.S. retail sales sprung into another month of double-digit growth in April, according to Mastercard SpendingPulseTM, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment. U.S. retail sales excluding automotive and gasoline increased 23.3% year-over-year in April, and 10.8% compared to April 2019. Online sales in April grew 19.9% and 95.6%, respectively, compared to the same periods.
The stocks have a year to date performance of 5.19 percent and weekly performance of -3.46 percent. The stock has been moved at 27.11 percent over the last six months. The stock has performed 1.19 percent around the most recent 30 days and changed 10.17 percent over the most recent 3-months.
If compared to the average trading volume of 3.84M shares, MA reached to a volume of 3782356 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about Mastercard Incorporated [MA]:
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for MA shares is $414.03 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on MA stock is a recommendation set at 1.80. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.
Bernstein have made an estimate for Mastercard Incorporated shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on January 27, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on January 27, 2021, representing the official price target for Mastercard Incorporated stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $315 to $415, while Jefferies kept a Buy rating on MA stock.
The Average True Range (ATR) for Mastercard Incorporated is set at 8.15, with the Price to Sales ratio for MA stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 24.58. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 58.95, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 7.65. Price to Free Cash Flow for MA in the course of the last twelve months was 77.27 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.40.
MA stock trade performance evaluation
Mastercard Incorporated [MA] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -3.46. With this latest performance, MA shares gained by 1.19% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 27.11% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 37.82% in the past year of trading.
Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for MA stock in for the last two-week period is set at 48.13, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 44.15, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 50.77 for Mastercard Incorporated [MA]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 372.74, while it was recorded at 376.40 for the last single week of trading, and 343.30 for the last 200 days.
Mastercard Incorporated [MA]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Mastercard Incorporated [MA] shares currently have an operating margin of +53.03. Mastercard Incorporated’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +41.90.
Return on Total Capital for MA is now 45.95, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 37.47. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 104.38, with Return on Assets sitting at 20.41. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Mastercard Incorporated [MA] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 211.59. Additionally, MA Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 67.91, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 40.27. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 199.48, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 64.02.
Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Mastercard Incorporated [MA] managed to generate an average of $305,286 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 3.07 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.49.Mastercard Incorporated’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.40 and a Current Ratio set at 1.40.
Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Mastercard Incorporated [MA] stock
With the latest financial reports released by the company, Mastercard Incorporated posted 1.36/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.16/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 17.20%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for MA. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Mastercard Incorporated go to 14.86%.
Mastercard Incorporated [MA]: Insider Ownership positions
There are presently around $275,113 million, or 77.60% of MA stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MA stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 70,492,830, which is approximately -1.84% of the company’s market cap and around 11.00% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 66,941,298 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $24.71 billion in MA stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $12.84 billion in MA stock with ownership of nearly -3.762% of the company’s market capitalization.
Positions in Mastercard Incorporated stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 1,245 institutional holders increased their position in Mastercard Incorporated [NYSE:MA] by around 33,503,168 shares. Additionally, 1,011 investors decreased positions by around 33,502,863 shares, while 295 investors held positions by with 678,276,047 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 745,282,078 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MA stock had 226 new institutional investments in for a total of 5,963,723 shares, while 113 institutional investors sold positions of 1,377,795 shares during the same period.