Somewhat Critical Press Coverage Extremely Likely to Affect Moody’s (MCO) Share Price

News stories about Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) have been trending somewhat negative on Thursday, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Moody’s earned a media sentiment score of -1.73 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news coverage about the business services provider an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Moody’s’ ranking:

NYSE:MCO opened at $152.45 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.40, a quick ratio of 1.38 and a current ratio of 1.38. Moody’s has a 52-week low of $139.11 and a 52-week high of $187.98. The firm has a market cap of $29.21 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.12, a P/E/G ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 1.22.

Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 26th. The business services provider reported $1.69 earnings per share (EPS) 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 quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.52 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Research analysts forecast that Moody’s will post 7.55 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 12th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.44 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 20th. This represents a $1.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.15%. Moody’s’s payout ratio is 29.00%.

MCO has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. ValuEngine cut Moody’s from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Moody’s from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 5th. Wells Fargo & Co dropped their price target on Moody’s from $172.00 to $170.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 30th. Morgan Stanley dropped their price target on Moody’s from $171.00 to $156.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 29th. Finally, William Blair reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Moody’s in a research report on Sunday, August 12th. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $177.33.

In related news, SVP Blair Worrall sold 5,561 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $147.43, for a total transaction of $819,858.23. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

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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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