Moody’s Co. (NYSE:MCO) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the fifteen analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $176.91.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on MCO. Cantor Fitzgerald dropped their price objective on Moody’s to $145.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 29th. Wells Fargo & Co raised their price objective on Moody’s from $160.00 to $172.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, July 30th. UBS Group dropped their price objective on Moody’s from $192.00 to $189.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, September 21st. ValuEngine downgraded Moody’s from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 3rd. Finally, Nomura reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $193.00 price objective on shares of Moody’s in a research report on Monday, July 30th.

In other Moody’s news, SVP Blair Worrall sold 5,561 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $147.43, for a total value of $819,858.23. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Neuburgh Advisers LLC raised its stake in shares of Moody’s by 3.7% in the second quarter. Neuburgh Advisers LLC now owns 8,636 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,473,000 after purchasing an additional 306 shares during the last quarter. World Asset Management Inc raised its stake in shares of Moody’s by 2.8% in the second quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 11,687 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,993,000 after purchasing an additional 323 shares during the last quarter. Moloney Securities Asset Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Moody’s by 13.8% in the second quarter. Moloney Securities Asset Management LLC now owns 2,705 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $461,000 after purchasing an additional 329 shares during the last quarter. Creative Planning raised its stake in shares of Moody’s by 3.9% in the third quarter. Creative Planning now owns 9,114 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,524,000 after purchasing an additional 342 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Commonwealth Equity Services LLC raised its stake in shares of Moody’s by 6.2% in the third quarter. Commonwealth Equity Services LLC now owns 5,883 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $983,000 after purchasing an additional 343 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.40% of the company’s stock.

Shares of MCO traded up $2.25 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $148.10. 2,685 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,546,322. Moody’s has a 52 week low of $139.11 and a 52 week high of $187.98. The company has a market capitalization of $28.39 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.44, a PEG ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 1.21. The company has a current ratio of 1.38, a quick ratio of 1.38 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.40.

Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 26th. The business services provider reported $1.69 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.78 by ($0.09). Moody’s had a net margin of 23.85% and a return on equity of 412.48%. The company had revenue of $1.08 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.13 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.52 EPS. Moody’s’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Moody’s will post 7.55 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 12th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 21st will be issued a $0.44 dividend. This represents a $1.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.19%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 20th. Moody’s’s dividend payout ratio is presently 29.00%.

Moody’s Company Profile

Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. It operates through two segments, Moody's Investors Service and Moody's Analytics. The Moody's Investors Service segment publishes credit ratings on various debt obligations and entities that issue such obligations comprising various corporate and governmental obligations, structured finance securities, and commercial paper programs.

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