Mastercard (NYSE:MA) had its price target boosted by Morgan Stanley from $269.00 to $291.00 in a research note issued to investors on Thursday morning, BenzingaRatingsTable reports. The firm currently has an overweight rating on the credit services provider’s stock.
MA has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Wells Fargo & Co increased their target price on shares of Apollo Global Management from $38.00 to $42.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research report on Wednesday. Wedbush raised their price target on shares of Mastercard from $261.00 to $287.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a report on Thursday, June 13th. Raymond James set a $33.00 price target on shares of LKQ and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Friday, April 26th. BMO Capital Markets restated a hold rating and set a $45.00 price target on shares of SAP in a report on Wednesday, May 1st. Finally, Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on shares of Intuitive Surgical in a report on Monday, April 1st. They set a buy rating and a $630.00 price target on the stock. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-five have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $258.96.
MA stock opened at $279.54 on Thursday. Mastercard has a 12-month low of $171.89 and a 12-month high of $279.74. The company has a current ratio of 1.40, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.12. The stock has a market cap of $285.56 billion, a P/E ratio of 43.07, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.21 and a beta of 1.07. The business has a 50 day moving average of $262.25.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 9th. Investors of record on Tuesday, July 9th will be issued a $0.33 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, July 8th. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.47%. Mastercard’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 20.34%.
In related news, insider Gilberto Caldart sold 46,772 shares of Mastercard stock in a transaction on Monday, April 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $241.06, for a total value of $11,274,858.32. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 22,280 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,370,816.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Michael Miebach sold 2,711 shares of Mastercard stock in a transaction on Wednesday, April 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $245.00, for a total transaction of $664,195.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 20,492 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,020,540. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 366,221 shares of company stock worth $92,047,063 in the last quarter. Insiders own 0.32% of the company’s stock.
A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MA. Gables Capital Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Mastercard by 0.6% in the 4th quarter. Gables Capital Management Inc. now owns 8,694 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,640,000 after buying an additional 50 shares during the period. Motco lifted its holdings in shares of Mastercard by 40.9% in the 4th quarter. Motco now owns 186 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $35,000 after buying an additional 54 shares during the period. Doyle Wealth Management purchased a new stake in shares of Mastercard in the 4th quarter worth $705,000. Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. lifted its holdings in shares of Mastercard by 2.8% in the 4th quarter. Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. now owns 207,012 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $39,053,000 after buying an additional 5,630 shares during the period. Finally, Cpwm LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Mastercard by 3.5% in the 4th quarter. Cpwm LLC now owns 3,835 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $723,000 after buying an additional 131 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 74.32% of the company’s stock.
Mastercard Incorporated, a technology company, provides transaction processing and other payment-related products and services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services.
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