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Jeff Auxier Comments on Mastercard

Mastercard Inc. (NYSE:MA)

Mastercard, the largest holding in the fund, continued its strong performance with another quarter of solid growth. Revenues were up 9% and net earnings were up 25% for the quarter. Revenue was boosted by a 12% increase in global gross dollar volume. Mastercard returned over $2 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends during the quarter. Year-to-date, Mastercard stock has increased by 40% versus a 17% increase in the S&P 500. Mastercard's underlying infrastructure means that they can continue to increase the number of total transactions they can handle with only a minimal increase in expenses. Mastercard seems likely to benefit from the continued growth in the e-commerce industry which is currently growing five-times as fast as face-to-face transactions (eMarketer).

From Jeff Auxier (Trades, Portfolio)'s second-quarter 2019 market commentary.
This article first appeared on GuruFocus.