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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for MA. The maximum price target given was 150, implying potential capital gains of 16.34 percent. The most pessimistic 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.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -1.89 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0.23 percent, as compared to a month ago. 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, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. 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.

Analysts estimate earnings of MA to grow at a rate of 4.73 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. 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. Today's price is 36.56 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 2.47 percent. 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.