Headlines about Mastercard (NYSE:MA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Mastercard earned a news impact score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the credit services provider an impact score of 46.4578818545048 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. Barclays upped their target price on Mastercard from $170.00 to $178.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. Argus upgraded Mastercard from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $200.00 target price for the company in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. KeyCorp upped their target price on Mastercard from $170.00 to $195.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Mastercard from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein restated a “buy” rating and issued a $180.00 target price (up from $166.00) on shares of Mastercard in a research report on Monday, December 11th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and thirty-one have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $176.64.

Shares of Mastercard (MA) traded up $2.99 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $168.19. 5,226,303 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,910,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a quick ratio of 1.66 and a current ratio of 1.57. Mastercard has a 52 week low of $107.20 and a 52 week high of $177.11. The firm has a market cap of $178,060.00, a P/E ratio of 46.08, a P/E/G ratio of 1.53 and a beta of 1.26.

Mastercard (NYSE:MA) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The credit services provider reported $1.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.12 by $0.02. Mastercard had a net margin of 31.33% and a return on equity of 83.57%. The company had revenue of $3.31 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.25 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.86 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 20.2% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Mastercard will post 5.88 EPS for the current year.

Mastercard announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Monday, December 4th that permits the company to buyback $4.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the credit services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are generally an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 9th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.59%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 6th. Mastercard’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 27.40%.

In other Mastercard news, insider Edward Grunde Mclaughlin sold 17,167 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $151.81, for a total transaction of $2,606,122.27. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 47,901 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,271,850.81. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 0.30% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Mastercard

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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