Very Negative Press Coverage Extremely Likely to Affect Moody’s (MCO) Share Price

Media stories about Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) have trended very negative this week, according to InfoTrie. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than six thousand news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Moody’s earned a daily sentiment score of -3.25 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the business services provider an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Moody’s’ analysis:

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price target on shares of Moody’s to $172.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 19th. UBS Group lowered their target price on shares of Moody’s from $156.00 to $154.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “hold” rating and set a $168.00 target price on shares of Moody’s in a research report on Wednesday. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Moody’s from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 19th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Moody’s from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 3rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $183.00.

Shares of Moody’s stock traded up $2.33 on Friday, hitting $195.56. 732,061 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 945,901. The stock has a market cap of $35.62 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.46, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 1.29. 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 $195.85.

Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 24th. The business services provider reported $2.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.88 by $0.19. The business had revenue of $1.14 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.13 billion. Moody’s had a return on equity of 268.11% and a net margin of 29.48%. The business’s revenue was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $2.02 EPS. As a group, equities analysts predict that Moody’s will post 7.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 10th. Investors of record on Monday, May 20th will be given a dividend of $0.50 per share. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, May 17th. Moody’s’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.06%.

In related news, insider Raymond W. Mcdaniel sold 44,146 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, April 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $183.95, for a total transaction of $8,120,656.70. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 229,749 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $42,262,328.55. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 0.90% 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 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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