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From: JakeStraw12/29/2017 11:07:55 AM
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Mastercard's priceless innovation

Over the past couple of years, Mastercard has been one of the leaders in in making digital payments safe and secure. In 2016, the company introduced its "Selfie Pay" feature, which allows card holders to opt into a program requiring them to take a selfie before an online purchase is authorized. Later in 2016, Mastercard launched its Decision Intelligence platform, an AI-based program that helps retailers make real-time judgments on fraudulent purchases. This year, Mastercard acquired NuData Security, a company specializing in passive biometrics -- which includes things like how you type on your computer or how you hold your smartphone -- to determine if a transaction is fraudulent.

In its third-quarter conference call (this and other quotes courtesy of S&P Global Market Intelligence) Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga was pleased to announce more innovative security features the company was working on, especially in the area of recurring payments where merchants store consumers' credit card information on their site:

"We've also been working to enhance the security of digital transactions through the tokenization of cards stored on a merchant's website or in their app. When consumers keep their cards on file, as some of you probably do, checkout is faster, more convenient. Merchants can easily process recurring payments. Now when you token-ize the credentials that are kept on file, it becomes useless if a fraudster steals them and attempts to use them somewhere else..."

Banga said the company had also released an Automatic Billing Updater which is "able to keep payment credentials up to date in real-time when an expired, lost or stolen card is replaced." For both features the company already has a pretty big first customer: Netflix.

Mastercard reports revenue for its security features, as well as other products and services beyond its payment network like data analytics, loyalty program management, and consulting services, under what it refers to as its "Other Revenues". In Mastercard's third quarter, its Other Revenues segment had grown to $747 million, a 21% year over year increase. With Mastercard finding new customers for its security services and showing robust growth in its Other Revenues segment, the company's stock could easily continue to give shareholders market-beating returns long into the future.
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From: JakeStraw1/4/2018 12:19:44 PM
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Mastercard was upgraded by analysts at Mizuho from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating.

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From: JakeStraw1/25/2018 11:22:23 AM
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Mastercard had its price target raised by analysts at Morgan Stanley from $163.00 to $178.00. They now have an "overweight" rating on the stock.

Mastercard had its price target raised by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. from $160.00 to $182.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock.

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From: JakeStraw2/28/2018 10:10:03 AM
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Mastercard Uses Facebook Messenger To Help Small Businesses Go Digital
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From: JakeStraw3/29/2018 9:35:10 AM
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Payments ‘Crown Jewels’ Visa, Mastercard Can Rally
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From: HumbleGuy4/20/2018 1:21:29 AM
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Some told me that Visa is more valuable than MasterCard.

Personally, according to company strategies, market share, I think MasterCard is better than Visa.

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From: JakeStraw4/26/2018 11:09:59 AM
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By The Numbers: Should You Buy Mastercard Stock?
Apr. 25, 2018
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From: JakeStraw5/2/2018 8:46:45 AM
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Mastercard Incorporated Reports First-Quarter 2018 Financial Results
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From: JakeStraw5/2/2018 3:48:27 PM
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Mastercard (MA) Q1 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
May 2, 2018
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From: JakeStraw5/23/2018 7:49:16 AM
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Why Mastercard (MA) Could Be an Impressive Growth Stock
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Growth stocks can be some of the most exciting picks in the market, as these high-flyers can captivate investors’ attention, and produce big gains as well. However, they can also lead on the downside when the growth story is over, so it is important to find companies which are still seeing strong growth prospects in their businesses.

One such company that might be well-positioned for future earnings growth is Mastercard Incorporated . This firm, which is in the Financial Transaction Services industry, saw EPS growth of 21.5% last year, and is looking great for this year too.

In fact, the current growth estimate for this year calls for earnings-per-share growth of 35.7%. Furthermore, the long-term growth rate is currently an impressive 19%, suggesting pretty good prospects for the long haul.

And if this wasn’t enough, the stock has actually seen estimates rise over the past month for the current fiscal year by about 4%. Thanks to this rise in earnings estimates, MA has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) which further underscores the potential for outperformance in this company.

So, if you are looking for a fast-growing stock that is still seeing plenty of opportunities on the horizon, make sure to consider MA. Not only does it have double-digit earnings growth prospects, but its impressive Zacks Rank suggests that analysts believe better days are ahead for MA as well.

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