Mastercard: Now Accepted At Sam's Club (Visa's Not)

Includes: AXP, BJ, COST, MA, MS, WMT
by: Jonathan Liss

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MasterCard Wins Admission To Sam's Club [Wall Street Journal]

Summary: In a rarity for the credit card business, discount retailer Sam's Club has decided to accept Mastercard from its customers but not Visa. The cost conscious Sam's until now only accepted Discover Card (owned by Morgan Stanley) or its own cards. The chain is under considerable pricing pressure from two other large retail discounters - Wal-Mart and Costco. The move is significant for Mastercard as it vies for market share with Visa, who next year will follow Mastercard's lead and go public. The credit card market share breakdown is currently as follows: Visa leads the pack with 55% followed by Mastercard with 29%, American Express with 10% and Discover bringing up the rear with 5%.
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Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Mastercard (NYSE:MA), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Costco (NASDAQ:COST), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), American Express (NYSE:AXP), BJ's Wholesale (NYSE:BJ) • ETFs: PowerShares Dynamic Retail (NYSEARCA:PMR)

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