|Discover, MasterCard and Visa stocks hit 52-week highs Friday.|
Visa The credit card company is expected to report its fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 8. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of $1.45 a share on revenue of $2.47 billion. "We anticipate both V and MA will reiterate guidance (including V's expectation for P&L growth re-acceleration in F13), but we continue to believe there is a higher probability that V will raise guidance over the next couple of quarters than MA, since V's guidance extends only through F12 (MA is through F13), and we believe V's guidance had a conservative bent when it was initially provided following release of the final Fed Durbin rules last summer," Jefferies analysts wrote in a report on Jan. 26. Shares of Visa rose to $107.82 on Friday. The stock's 52-week low of $70.45 was set on March 15. In the consumer finance sector, the average estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year is 10.79. Visa's forward P/E of 15.76 tops the average. Thirty-three of the 40 analysts who cover Visa rated it a buy. The remainder said it was a hold. TheStreet Ratings gives Visa an A grade with a buy rating and $125.82 price target. The stock has risen 5.35% year to date.