Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced they are extending their global partnership leveraging the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) to deliver Samsung Pay in Europe.  Samsung Pay is a mobile payment service that will enable consumers to use their Samsung flagship mobile devices to make every day in-store purchases at contactless and magnetic stripe terminals leveraging NFC and MST technologies.

European card issuers will be able to connect to the MDES platform and activate the Samsung Pay service upon launch. Cardholders can activate their credit, debit, reloadable prepaid and small business cards from participating issuers in the Samsung Pay service and use their mobile devices to make everyday purchases. Earlier this year,MasterCard announced it would provide the tokenization services to Samsung Pay for its secure transactions, enabling a quick scaling connection to bank partners in the U.S.

“Samsung Pay is pleased to join forces with MasterCard to offer a simple and safe mobile payment experience enabled for wider merchant acceptance to MasterCard cardholders and issuers in Europe,” said Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay. “Both organizations are committed to ground breaking fin-tech innovations that will deliver on the promise of a true mobile wallet.”

“With the continued global growth and reliance on connected mobile devices, we are delighted to expand our relationship with Samsung by extending the reach of Samsung Pay and MDES to cardholders in Europe.  Europeans have been leading the way in the adoption of new ways to shop, buy and make a payment. Through our strong partnership with Samsung we look forward to continuing to drive innovation in mobile commerce by creating simple and secure digital payment experiences for consumers,”  said Javier Perez, President of MasterCard Europe.

Samsung Pay is scheduled to launch in the U.S. and South Korea later this summer and Samsung is currently working with banks and partners to bring the payment service to Europe.

Since the announcement of MDES in 2013, millions of MasterCard accounts have been tokenized for use in popular digital wallet services. MDES currently provides tokenization services for credit, debit, co-brand, prepaid and small business cards. Private label tokenization, announced in June, will begin in the third quarter of this year.Tokenization services for app, eCommerce, and recurring billing card-on-file programs will be available to U.S. and Canadian merchants later this year and expand globally across all MDES-enabled markets. (Original Source)

Shares of Mastercard closed yesterday at $96.73. MA has a 1-year high of $97.95 and a 1-year low of $69.64. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $94.78 and its 200-day moving average is $90.16.

On the ratings front, Mastercard has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report released yesterday, Standard & Poor’s analyst Erik Oja reiterated a Buy rating on MA, with a price target of $103, which represents a potential upside of 6.5% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on the same day, Nomura’s Bill Carcache reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $114.

According to, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Erik Oja and Bill Carcache have a total average return of 7.4% and 13.9% respectively. Oja has a success rate of 68.2% and is ranked #1265 out of 3718 analysts, while Carcache has a success rate of 77.6% and is ranked #195.

The street is mostly Bullish on MA stock. Out of 7 analysts who cover the stock, 6 suggest a Buy rating and one recommends to Hold the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $98.67, which represents a slight upside potential from current levels.