No.1 - Mastercard Earnings: Priceless

The world's second-biggest credit card company said profits surged 70% as more consumers put their cash and checks away and whipped out plastic.

The news had investors spending heavily on the stock. Mastercard (MA) shares jumped 11%, their best gain in six months.

But with the housing market in a seemingly endless slump and gas prices on the rise, the consumer should be rolling over --- not going on a shopping spree.

Eric Bolling says shoppers are using credit cards on eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN). That, he says, is where Mastercard and other credit cards are really hot! He thinks the play is VeriSign (VRSN), the company that secures transactions online.

Tim Strazzini thinks that MA is also benefiting from consumers spending abroad. That’s a huge tailwind for them.

Jeff Macke says consumers didn’t fall off the edge of a cliff and stop spending entirely. MA has so many things going on in their business, a little consumer weakness isn’t death for them.

Guy Adami says 77% of transactions in 1995 were done with cash and checks. That number is less than 50% today. You can't argue the numbers, more and more people are using credit cards. "But don’t chase this stock, own it on a pull back,” he says.

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