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Some people like to copy the portfolio of legendary investor and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A ) (NYSE: BRK-B ). However, I encourage everyone to think for themselves.
MasterCard (MA) has been one of the stocks most watched by Zacks.com users lately. So, it is worth exploring what lies ahead for the stock.
Mastercard is currently a tiny position in Berkshire Hathaway's portfolio. The payments specialist boasts double-digit growth, network effects, and incredible profitability.
Here is how MasterCard (MA) and Spotify (SPOT) have performed compared to their sector so far this year.
The recommendations of Wall Street analysts are often relied on by investors when deciding whether to buy, sell, or hold a stock. Media reports about these brokerage-firm-employed (or sell-side) analysts changing their ratings often affect a stock's price.
Given Mastercard's past financial performance, it's no wonder shares have performed so well. Network effects and the proliferation of cashless payments support the company's prospects.
MasterCard (MA) is well positioned to outperform the market, as it exhibits above-average growth in financials.
Capital One is buying Discover, and in addition to bringing it new credit card accounts, the target also comes with a global payments network. Capital One is a big Mastercard client, but investors fear that over time, it will shift its business to the Discover network.
Mastercard operates one of the largest payment networks in the world. The company produces strong cash flow and high margins and has been a stellar stock for investors.
Investors looking for stocks in the Financial Transaction Services sector might want to consider either PagSeguro Digital Ltd. (PAGS) or MasterCard (MA).