| Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry. Co.'s solutions enabling consumers to use electronic forms of payment instead of cash and checks. Co. provides a range of payment solutions and services using its brands, including Mastercard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®. Co. is a multi-rail network that provides customers one partner to turn to for their domestic and cross-border payment needs. Co. has additional payment capabilities that include automated clearing house transactions. Co. also provides offerings such as cyber and intelligence products, information and analytics services, consulting, loyalty and reward programs and processing. |
When researching a stock like Mastercard, many investors are the most familiar with Fundamental Analysis — looking at a company's balance sheet, earnings, revenues, and what's happening in that company's underlying business. Investors who use Fundamental Analysis to identify good stocks to buy or sell can also benefit from MA Technical Analysis to help find a good entry or exit point. Technical Analysis is blind to the fundamentals and looks only at the trading data for MA stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of these ways is called the Relative Strength Index, or RSI. This popular indicator, originally developed in the 1970's by J. Welles Wilder, looks at a 14-day moving average of a stock's gains on its up days, versus its losses on its down days. The resulting MA RSI is a value that measures momentum, oscillating between "oversold" and "overbought" on a scale of zero to 100. A reading below 30 is viewed to be oversold, which a bullish investor could look to as a sign that the selling is in the process of exhausting itself, and look for entry point opportunities. A reading above 70 is viewed to be overbought, which could indicate that a rally in progress is starting to get crowded with buyers. If the rally has been a long one, that could be a sign that a pullback is overdue.