Visa and MasterCard: Don’t Chase Them Higher

Credit card giants MasterCard (NYSE:$MA) and Visa (NYSE:$V) both crushed earnings estimates this past week, and both are sitting near new all-time highs. Not bad, considering the line of work they are in.  Given that the global economy has been tepid at best lately and that unemployment remains stubbornly high, you might not expect companies [...]

Visa: A Gold-Medal Opportunity

As I write this article, China has a slight lead on the United States in Olympic gold, 34-30, but anything can happen over the next week. But whichever country leaves London with the bigger stash of medals, Visa will be accepted in either of them.

Visa and MasterCard: Underlying Macro Trends Still in Place

“Gimme what I need, uh, MasterCard or Vi-suh.” From Wyclef Jean’s “Perfect Gentleman” The U.S. consumer is in a bit of a pickle.  Jobs are not particularly easy to come by—the June jobs report showed unemployment sticking at 8.2% and only 80,000 new jobs created for the month—and the economy remains sluggish.  True, the average [...]
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