On Wednesday data from Mastercard Inc. (MA) and other analysts showed that overall holiday sales were lackluster, hitting a three year low.
The Mastercard report showed that retail sales rose just +0.7% from last year. That was the slowest growth since a -5.5% decline in spending in 2008. These numbers include Mastercard sales and estimates for cash payments. Purchases of automobiles, groceries, and gasoline are excluded in the data.
Analysts commented that a decline in holiday spending was due to a number of factors including the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the looming “fiscal cliff” concerns, and a dampening of mood after the Newtown, CT. shooting.
Despite slow growth in overall holiday sales, e-commerce sales rose +8.4% from last year to $48 billion, according to Mastercard’s SpendingPulse unit. Other analysts said e-commerce increased +16%, slightly lowered than the original +17% expectation.
The Bottom Line
Shares of Mastercard (MA) have a .24% dividend yield, based on Monday’s closing stock price of $495.02. The stock has technical support in the $476-$480 price area. The shares are trading near all-time highs.
Mastercard Inc (MA) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.