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.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for MA. The most optimistic price target was 150, implying a possible profit of 16.34 percent. The lowest price target was 110, which equates to a potential downside of -14.68 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. That number becomes -1.89 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0.23 percent, as compared to a month ago. 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 made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 3 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of MA's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 4.73 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. 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. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 36.56 percent, and 2.47 percent below the high. MA has a P/E 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 market cap of MA is $140.41 billion. MA is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.