Analyst Ratings for Mastercard Inc. (MA)

Updated: 2017-07-28

Analysts covering Mastercard Inc. (NYSE:MA) have given it a consensus rating of Overweight. MA had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

A buy rating was issued by 23 analysts, 4 gave an overweight rating, 7 issued a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 1 gave a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

Several price targets were given for MA by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic price target was 150, which equates to a potential upside of 16.34 percent. The minimum price target given was 110, implying a possible loss of -14.68 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes -1.89 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0.23 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.94 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 2 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 3 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

MA has an estimated earnings growth rate of 4.73 percent as forecasted by analysts. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. MA has a PEG ratio of 6.75.

In the trailing 52-weeks, MA hit 132.20 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 94.41. Today's price is 36.56 percent above the 52-week low, and 2.47 percent lower than its 52-week high. MA has a price/earnings ratio of 31.91. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The MA value stock report compares MA to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $140.41 billion. MA's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.