Drilling Down Into Mastercard Incorporated (MA)

Mastercard Incorporated (MA) is an interesting player in the Financial space, with a focus on Credit Services. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $192.00, down from yesterday’s close by -0.06%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Mastercard Incorporated (MA) currently trades with a market capitalization of $197.78 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 30.94 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $5.67 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.54 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.12% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

It’s important to check the technicals to get a sense of how MA has been acting. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Mastercard Incorporated recorded a 52-week high of $194.72. It is now trading 2.72% off that level. The stock is trading $179.31 its 50-day moving average by -12.69%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $115.55.

In recent action, Mastercard Incorporated (MA) has made a move of +7.66% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 15.83, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 0.75% with $914.18 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of MA.

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