NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of MasterCard (MA) - Get Report  are rising 0.08% to $93.07 this afternoon ahead of the company's 2016 second quarter earnings report, due out before the market open on July 28.

Analysts are looking for earnings of 90 cents per share on revenue of $2.59 billion for the period.

For the 2015 second quarter, MasterCard reported adjusted earnings of 85 cents per diluted share and revenue of $2.4 billion.

Last week, MasterCard announced it would be acquiring U.K.-based VocaLink, a payment processing and clearing company, for $920 million.

This is the first combination of MasterCard's traditional person-to-merchant cards business with a clearing business, according to a company statement. "We're excited about the opportunity to play a bigger role in payments in the U.K., a very strategic market for us," said CEO Ajay Banga.

MasterCard, based in Purchase, NY, expects the deal to close as soon as early 2017.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

TheStreet Ratings rated this stock as a "buy" with a ratings score of A-.

The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. TheStreet Ratings feels its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: MA

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