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.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Purchase, N.Y. (1966)|
|Market Cap||$51.4 billion|
|Industry||Data processing and outsourced services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$6.7 billion|
|Management||CEO Ajaypal Banga (since 2010)
CFO Martina Hund-Mejean (since 2007)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||43.4%|
|Cash/Debt||$5.0 billion / $0|
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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 91% of the 3,173 members who have rated MasterCard believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
The world is leaving cash behind (eventually) and way less transactions use credit cards today around the globe than most people think. Lots of room to grow and [MasterCard] is a powerhouse with their debt under control and a great foolish flow ratio and consistently increasing annual revenue.
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