Five stocks you can fall in love with

Mastercard

The first non-tech stock in my list of stocks I love is payment processor Mastercard (MA). The position has gained 120% since I entered it, and I remain very bullish on both MA and the overall credit card sector. The economy remains strong, unemployment is low, and in 2017 the average balance held on a credit card hit a record high in the U.S. Mastercard has grown its earnings by 14.9% a year over the last five years, which is great, but analysts see even stronger growth moving forward, forecasting average annual earnings growth of 21.5% for the next five years. MA trades at $191.50 with an average price target of $199.95

Disclaimer: As of the time of writing, the author holds a long position in this stock.

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Symbols: AMZN FB MA MCD MSFT
Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va.

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