No matter what's going on in the market or a specific company's history, there are always reasons to consider buying shares in a business. After all, some of the best opportunities in stocks are born from historically bloody times.
Motley Fool CAPS hosts a boatload of opinions from more than 125,000 members on nearly 5,400 stocks, giving good reasons to own -- or sell -- a stock.
In the case of payment solutions company MasterCard
Limited credit risk: Visa
Cash: With the support of increased purchase transactions in its most recent quarter, MasterCard's revenue grew 14%. Meanwhile, the number of branded cards outstanding at year-end grew 8% from a year earlier. The company is a cash machine and has grown its free cash flow over 15% annually in the past five years, which is music to the ears of the many CAPS members who like the long-term cash-generating potential of the company.
Worldwide growth: While American Express
Of course, there's a lot more devil in the details of these buy-side opinions, which is why CAPS is such a great resource to check and balance your own analysis. You can read the bullish and bearish sides to every stock. To see what the very best CAPS members are saying now about MasterCard, just click on over to Motley Fool CAPS and have a look.
Fool contributor Dave Mock is still determined to find a way to fit a square peg in a round hole, just to prove a point. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. JPMorgan Chase is an Motley Fool Income Investor recommendation. Best Buy, Costco, and American Express are Inside Value picks. Best Buy and Costco are Stock Advisor recommendations. The Fool owns shares of American Express and Best Buy. The Fool's disclosure policy still doesn't understand how to play cricket.