Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE: MA) is tomorrow, October 5, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $472.98 as of 2:30 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.3%. The average volume for MasterCard has been 728,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. MasterCard has a market cap of $54.77 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. MasterCard Incorporated, a payments and technology company, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates MasterCard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full MasterCard Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list. FREE from Real Money's Jim Cramer: Winners and Losers Election 2012 - Steps to take NOW so you can profit no matter who is in charge! Free download now.