| MasterCard is a technology company, in the payments industry that connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments, digital partners, businesses and other organizations worldwide, enabling them to use electronic forms of payment instead of cash and checks. Co. creates a range of payment solutions and services using its brands, including Mastercard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®. Co. facilitates the switching (authorization, clearing and settlement) of payment transactions and delivers related products and services. Co. also provides offerings such as safety and security products, information services and consulting, loyalty and reward programs and issuer and acquirer processing. We show 43 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our coverage of MA's shares outstanding history.|
Understanding the changing numbers of MA shares outstanding — and
comprehending the concept of differing number of shares outstanding in general comparing companies like MA versus peers —
is critical for investors. Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies.
Furthermore, via issuance of new shares over time, or the repurchase of existing shares, the number of shares outstanding can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching MA by allowing them to research MA shares outstanding history
as well as any other stock in our coverage universe.