Negative News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Moody’s (MCO) Stock Price

News headlines about Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) have been trending negative recently, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Moody’s earned a media sentiment score of -2.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media stories about the business services provider an news buzz score of 4 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of NYSE:MCO opened at $185.25 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.61, a quick ratio of 1.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.96. Moody’s has a 52-week low of $129.26 and a 52-week high of $188.51. The firm has a market capitalization of $35.24 billion, a PE ratio of 25.07, a P/E/G ratio of 2.26 and a beta of 1.29.

Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 15th. The business services provider reported $1.63 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.71 by ($0.08). Moody’s had a net margin of 29.48% and a return on equity of 268.11%. The company had revenue of $1.06 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.14 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.51 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 9.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Moody’s will post 7.91 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 18th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 25th were given a $0.50 dividend. This is an increase from Moody’s’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.08%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 22nd. Moody’s’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.06%.

A number of analysts have commented on the company. BMO Capital Markets boosted their target price on Moody’s to $172.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 19th. UBS Group decreased their target price on Moody’s from $156.00 to $154.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, January 8th. ValuEngine upgraded Moody’s from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 19th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Moody’s from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 3rd. Finally, Morgan Stanley downgraded Moody’s from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $135.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, January 8th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. Moody’s presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $174.60.

In other news, insider Raymond W. Mcdaniel sold 44,146 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, April 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $183.95, for a total value of $8,120,656.70. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 229,749 shares in the company, valued at $42,262,328.55. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 0.90% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Moody’s

Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic 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, such as various corporate and governmental obligations, structured finance securities, and commercial paper programs.

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