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.

MA was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 150, implying a possible profit of 16.34 percent. The lowest price target 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.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -1.89 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.23 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.94 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 2 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 3 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, 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. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of MA is 6.75.

MA has a 52-week high of 132.20 and a 52-week low of 94.41. Currently the stock is 36.56 percent higher than its low, and 2.47 percent below the 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.