Investors purchased shares of Moody's Co. (NYSE:MCO) on weakness during trading hours on Monday. $48.96 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $33.21 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $15.75 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Moody's had the 21st highest net in-flow for the day. Moody's traded down ($0.10) for the day and closed at $150.47

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on MCO shares. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $137.00 price objective (up previously from $131.00) on shares of Moody's in a research note on Wednesday, August 30th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Barclays increased their price objective on shares of Moody's from $135.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $148.00 price objective on shares of Moody's in a research note on Monday, November 6th. Argus increased their price objective on shares of Moody's to $165.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, UBS increased their price objective on shares of Moody's from $142.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, November 6th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $153.40.

The company has a market capitalization of $28,754.82, a P/E ratio of 26.26, a P/E/G ratio of 2.66 and a beta of 1.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -32.57, a current ratio of 1.15 and a quick ratio of 1.15.

Moody's (NYSE:MCO) last released its earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The business services provider reported $1.52 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.37 by $0.15. Moody's had a net margin of 13.73% and a negative return on equity of 187.20%. The company had revenue of $1.06 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $992.81 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.34 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 15.9% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts expect that Moody's Co. will post 5.96 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st were paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.01%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 20th. Moody's’s payout ratio is 54.29%.

In other Moody's news, Director Ewald Kist sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $142.00, for a total transaction of $568,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Darrell Duffie sold 500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $138.41, for a total transaction of $69,205.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 21,804 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,017,891.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.17% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MCO. Grove Bank & Trust raised its position in shares of Moody's by 156.7% during the third quarter. Grove Bank & Trust now owns 901 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $125,000 after buying an additional 550 shares during the last quarter. IFP Advisors Inc raised its position in shares of Moody's by 78.1% during the second quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 1,145 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $139,000 after buying an additional 502 shares during the last quarter. Sun Life Financial INC raised its position in shares of Moody's by 12,200.0% during the second quarter. Sun Life Financial INC now owns 1,230 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $150,000 after buying an additional 1,220 shares during the last quarter. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. raised its position in shares of Moody's by 0.6% during the second quarter. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. now owns 1,346 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $164,000 after buying an additional 8 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Invictus RG bought a new stake in shares of Moody's during the third quarter valued at approximately $199,000. Institutional investors own 87.18% of the company’s stock.

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About Moody's

Moody’s Corporation (Moody’s) is a provider of credit ratings; credit, capital markets and economic related research, data and analytical tools; software solutions and related risk management services, quantitative credit risk measures, financial services training and certification services, and research and analytical services to financial institution customers.

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