Mastercard Helps Marketers and 4 Stocks Enjoying 52-Week Highs

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Hudson City Bancorp (NASDAQ:HCBK): Goldman’s O’Neil said that regional banks may benefit from the housing recovery. Hudson City Bancorp’s shares closed at $8.56, up $0.47 or 5.81% on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $5.09 to $8.24.

Mastercard Inc. (NYSE:MA): MasterCard Inc. confirmed to Financial Times, that they have begun to analyze their transaction data and help marketers direct targeted advertising towards consumers. However, the company stressed that the information they sell to marketers is anonymous and not broken out individually. Their shares closed at $483.00, up $3.99 or 0.83% on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $322.49 to $483.00.

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Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT): Mattel shares, trading at a 52-week high, do not appear to reflect concerns of unfriendly currency exchange rates. Spending in United States and European markets remains a drag for the toy industry. That is bad news for Mattel and their rival, Hasbro (NYSE:HAS). Barons suggests that it may be time to lock in some profits in Mattel shares. Their shares closed at $37.40, up $0.2 or 0.54% on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $26.96 to $37.31.

Markel Corp. (NYSE:MKL): OneBeacon Insurance (NYSE:OB) announced that they have entered into definitive agreements to terminate their exclusive underwriting arrangement with Hagerty Insurance Agency and to sell Essentia Insurance Company to Markel Corp. OneBeacon anticipates that upon closing the transaction, they will record a $23 million pretax gain on the sale. The selling of Essentia is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close during the first quarter of 2013. The termination of the agency agreement will be effective as of the closing date of the Essentia sale. Their shares closed at $469.00, up $7.3 or 1.58% on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $363.34 to $464.99.

M&T Bank Corp. (NYSE:MTB):  M&T Bank Corp. reported third quarter earnings per share of $2.24 and a consensus of $1.85. Their shares closed at $103.07, up $5.68 or 5.83% on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $67.23 to $99.15.

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