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 (NYSE: 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.
||Purchase, N.Y. (1966)
||Data processing and outsourced services
CEO Ajaypal Banga (since 2010)
CFO Martina Hund-Mejean (since 2007)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
||$5.0 billion / $0
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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 92% of the 3,275 members who have rated MasterCard believe that the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Earlier this month, one of those Fools, All-Star Chemdawg, succinctly summed up the MasterCard bull case for our community:
[A]bsolutely sick cash flow ... no debt ... recently doubled dividend and they still have a payout ratio under [10%]. They still have a ton of room to push that higher without anything to worry about ... P/E of 25 is [reasonable] ... and also the fact that almost no one uses cash anymore ... looks pretty healthy from looking at the books. [O]utperform.
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