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 and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

MasterCard facts

Headquarters (founded)

Purchase, N.Y. (1966)

Market Cap

$72.4 billion


Data processing and outsourced services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$7.5 billion


CEO Ajaypal Banga (since 2010)
CFO Martina Hund-Mejean (since 2007)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$5.0 billion / $0

Dividend Yield



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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 92% of the 3,452 members who have rated MasterCard believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Simon Erickson (TMFInnovator), succinctly summed up the outperform case for our community:

Incredible business that has lots of things to like:

-Their open-loop network carries lower risk and benefits from network effects. This shields MA (and V) from other competitors entering their market.
-Global macro trend moving from cash and checks to electronic payments.
-Operating margins that have steadily improved over the past five years and are now over 50%.
-No long-term debt.
-Excellent management.
-Quadrupled their dividend in the last two years and it is still less than 10% of free-cash-flow.

I've had this company on my radar for a while, but never pulled the trigger. Until now.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. The Motley Fool owns shares of MasterCard. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.