Understanding Analysts’ Ratings on Mastercard
Of the 39 analysts that track Mastercard (MA) in February 2018, 18 gave “strong buy” ratings, and three suggested a “hold” on the stock.
Wall Street analysts have given a one-year price estimate of $191.40 for Mastercard.
Mastercard (MA) saw a year-over-year rise of 13.0% in its worldwide gross dollar volumes in 4Q17 on a local currency basis.
Mastercard (MA) generated total net revenues of $3.3 billion in 4Q17 compared to $2.7 billion in 4Q16.
Mastercard (MA) incurred total operating expenses of $1.6 billion in 4Q17 compared to $1.3 billion in 4Q16.
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On a local currency basis, Mastercard (MA) witnessed a year-over-year increase of 17.0% in its cross-border volumes in 4Q17.
Mastercard’s (MA) earnings per share for 4Q17 stood at $1.14, exceeding Wall Street estimates by $0.02.
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Visa (V) saw a rise of 13% in total operating expenses on a YoY (year-over-year) basis in fiscal 1Q18. It incurred $1.5 billion in expenses in fiscal 1Q18 compared to $1.4 billion a year earlier.
Visa (V) reported total payment volumes of $2.0 trillion in fiscal 1Q18, while in fiscal 1Q17, its payment volumes were $1.8 trillion.
So far in February 2018, Visa (V) has seen a fall in its number of “strong buy” and “buy” ratings compared to the previous month.
In fiscal 1Q18, Visa (V) generated net operating revenue of $4.9 billion compared to $4.5 billion a year earlier, representing a rise of 9%.
Visa (V) posted EPS (earnings per share) of $1.08 in fiscal 1Q18, exceeding analysts’ estimates by $0.10.
Twenty-six analysts are tracking Discover Financial Services (DFS) in January 2018. Six of them have given it a “hold” rating, and one is recommending a “strong sell.”
Discover Financial Services (DFS) has a PE (price-to-earnings) ratio on an NTM (next 12-month) basis of 10.26x, while the average for its peers is 13.97x.
The Direct Banking segment of Discover Financial Services (DFS) generated pre-tax income of $870 million in 4Q17 compared to $868 million in 4Q16, which was a marginal rise.
Discover Financial Services (DFS) generated revenues net of interest expenses of $2.6 billion in 4Q17 compared to $2.4 billion in 4Q16, a rise of 11%.
In 4Q17, Discover Financial incurred total operating expenses of $1 billion compared to $897 million in 4Q16, which is a rise of 15%.
Discover Financial Services (DFS) generated diluted EPS (earnings per share) of $0.99 in 4Q17. Its net income was $387 million, which is a substantial decline from 4Q16.