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It may be riskier to trade before market opening and after market closing than during regular market hours. Since issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities due to lower liquidity and higher volatility. After-hours trades for Mastercard Incorporated (MA) shows that investor sentiment remained intact, with the stock’s consolidated last price rising by $1.42, or 0.37%, to $381.45. The Mastercard Incorporated has recorded 330,453 volume in the after hours trading session. Earlier, Yahoo Finance discussed this stock as it revealed Mastercard Incorporated First Quarter 2023 Financial Results Available on Company’s Website.

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Stocks Info

Mastercard Incorporated is listed on the NYSE in the Financial sector while operating in the Credit Services industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $380.03 and fluctuated between $381.93 as its day high and $371.51 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Mastercard Incorporated is $356.20B. A total of 3.1 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 2.64M shares.

Insider Activity

Insider trades are also considered as indicators of how a stock will perform in the future, in addition to stock predictions. During the recent three months, MA has seen 27 BUY and 23 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 68,108 and the disposition of 1,312,362 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 48 BUYs and 63 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 155,728 shares during that period but sold 3,696,504.

In the most recent transaction, Ling Hai sold 8,220 shares of MA for 356.31 per share on Feb 27. After the transaction, the Co-President, Intl Markets now owns 26,496 company shares. In a previous transaction on Feb 14, Mastercard Foundation sold 172,546 shares at 370.54 per share. MA shares that 10% Owner owns now total 100,563,093.

Among the insiders who sold shares, Mastercard Foundation disposed of 172,548 shares on Feb 13 at a per-share price of $369.63. This resulted in the 10% Owner holding 100,735,639 shares of MA after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Mastercard Foundation sold 172,548 shares at $365.62 per share on Feb 10. Company shares held by the 10% Owner now total 100,908,187.


The reasons why investors prefer dividend-paying companies are that dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate that the company will perform well in the future. Mastercard Incorporated pays an annual dividend of $2.28, resulting in a dividend yield of 0.60%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 37.96. MA’s most recent ex-dividend date was 4/5/2023 when it declared a $0.57 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 5/9/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 2/9/2023 with an ex-dividend date of. The MA stock dividend was $0.57 per share in cash.

Despite rarely being accurate, price targets can exert some form of influence at times, and are often regarded as valuable by markets. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for MA in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $432.85 with high estimates of $460.00 and low estimates of $395.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, MA has a high of $390.00 and a low of $276.87.

As of this writing, MA has an earnings estimate of $3.01 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 28 estimates, with a high estimate of $3.12 per share and a lower estimate of $2.89. The company reported an EPS of $2.65 in the last quarter, which was 2.70% higher than expectations of $2.58.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

As well as showing the assets and liabilities of the company, the balance sheet also shows the amount invested in equity by investors. Investors can analyze a company’s future prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information. MA’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $7.89B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $13.90B in debt and $13.16B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $5.59, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $7.41B.

Analysts Opinion

After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. Currently, 39 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for MA is Sell with a score of 4.77. A total of 28 analysts rated the stock as Buy while 6 rated it as Overweight while 5 rated it as Hold. Among the other participants, 0 thought the stock was Underweight and 0 thought it should be Sold.

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