Visa vs. Mastercard: Which Stock is the Better Buy?

In this piece, I used TipRanks’ comparison tool to evaluate two credit card stocks, Visa (NYSE:V) and Mastercard (NYSE:MA), to determine which is the better stock to buy. Upon closer analysis, both look great in the long term, but V stock may be the better pick for the short term due to its better technical momentum and key fundamental metrics.

Year-to-date, Visa is up nearly 7%, while Mastercard stock has gained only 1.4%. However, their longer-term returns are very similar, as you can see below.

With two companies that are basically a duopoly and so nearly identical in the types of services offered, a deep dive is in order. At first glance, Mastercard is trading at a meaningfully higher price-to-earnings (P/E)…

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