4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: MasterCard
Jun 16th 2012 1:06PM
Updated Jun 16th 2012 1:08PM
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, credit card giant MasterCard (NYS: MA) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at MasterCard's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Purchase, N.Y. (1966)|
|Market Cap||$53.0 billion|
|Industry||Data processing and outsourced services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$7.0 billion|
|Management||CEO Ajaypal Banga (since 2010)
CFO Martina Hund-Mejean (since 2007)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||43.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$5.2 billion / $0|
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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 92% of the 3,242 members who have rated MasterCard believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
In my opinion MasterCard, and to a lesser extent Visa, are great companies with a fairly hefty stranglehold on the sharp end of e-commerce. ... The financials all seem to stack up -- increasing EPS, high margins, no long term debt, ridiculous amounts of cash on hand. ... When you add in the fact that [MasterCard] is a truly global brand and there are reasonably high barriers to entry [it's] hard to see how this company can trip up.
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