Today’s Research Reports on Stocks to Watch: Mastercard and Visa Inc.

Both Visa and Mastercard tanked on Wednesday despite a catalyst for the drop. Each company had its own exciting news this week with Mastercard announcing a partnership with American Airlines to fight cancer and Visa announcing it has released travel and spending data for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Mastercard Incorporated

Visa Inc.

Mastercard Incorporated shares closed down 3.79% yesterday with trading volume more than double compared to usual. There was no big news from the company yesterday but on Tuesday it announced that it has partnered up with American Airlines to Stand Up to Cancer during the holidays. From November 28th until December 12th, American Airlines will be rewarding its AAdvantage members with 25 miles for every dollar that is donated to the cause via its Stand Up program. Mastercard will then match these cardholder donations of $25 or more to a grand total of $1 million. The executive vice president of Mastercard’s North America marketing & communications, Andres Siefken commented, "Teaming up with American Airlines for a cause we both hold close to our hearts is truly Priceless. We are proud to help our consumers do good and raise more funds to support Stand Up To Cancer’s life-saving cancer research.”

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Visa Inc. shares closed down a little over 3% on Wednesday. Visa was among other payment stocks to get clobbered yesterday despite any news or catalyst. It was on Tuesday that the company announced that in celebration of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, it has released travel and spending data for the event. Official FIFA venues will have point-of-sale terminals that will accept Visa and a range of digital payments. According to the company, it is expected that Russia will have an additional 300,000 to 500,000 international visitors in June and July of next year. This is next to the average of 4.3 million total international visitors that have been there during this time over the last four years. Visa Russia’s country manager, Ekaterina Petelina commented, "As the Official Payment Service Partner of FIFA, Visa is excited for fans all over the world to join us in Russia. From unveiling the latest payment innovations to upgrading payment terminals to allow for contactless cards and digital payments, such as those made via phone or watch, throughout official venues, Visa will continue to elevate the fan experience. Visa provides simple and secure payment options for those in attendance, so they can get back to their seats quickly and focus on the match.”

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