A number of firms have modified their ratings and price targets on shares of Msci (NYSE: MSCI) recently:

  • 2/11/2019 – Msci was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $193.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “MSCI’s fourth-quarter 2018 results were impressive as both earnings and revenues increased on a year-over-year basis. Index sales and one-time sales in the quarter were highest in the company’s history. Moreover, in terms of retention rate, this fourth-quarter was best in MSCI’s history. Cancellation rate was also relatively low in the quarter. The company benefited from the growth of non-ETF passive funds related to MSCI indexes, exchange-traded futures and options products, strong demand for custom and factor index modules and the increasing adoption of the ESG solution into the investment process. MSCI also gained from strong traction in client segments, like wealth management, banks and broker dealers. Moreover, the company generated record free cash flow. Shares have outperformed the industry in the past year.”
  • 2/6/2019 – Msci was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “MSCI’s fourth-quarter 2018 results were impressive as both earnings and revenues increased on a year-over-year basis. Index sales and one-time sales in the quarter were highest in the company’s history. Moreover, in terms of retention rate, this fourth-quarter was best in MSCI’s history. Cancellation rate was also relatively low in the quarter. The company benefited from the growth of non-ETF passive funds related to MSCI indexes, exchange-traded futures and options products, strong demand for custom and factor index modules and the increasing adoption of the ESG solution into the investment process. MSCI also gained from strong traction in client segments, like wealth management, banks and broker dealers. Moreover, the company generated record free cash flow. Shares have outperformed the industry in the past year.”
  • 2/5/2019 – Msci was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $193.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “MSCI’s fourth-quarter 2018 results were impressive as both earnings and revenues increased on a year-over-year basis. Index sales and one-time sales in the quarter were highest in the company’s history. Moreover, in terms of retention rate, this fourth-quarter was best in MSCI’s history. Cancellation rate was also relatively low in the quarter. The company benefited from the growth of non-ETF passive funds related to MSCI indexes, exchange-traded futures and options products, strong demand for custom and factor index modules and the increasing adoption of the ESG solution into the investment process. MSCI also gained from strong traction in client segments, like wealth management, banks and broker dealers. Moreover, the company generated record free cash flow. Shares have outperformed the industry in the past year.”
  • 2/2/2019 – Msci was given a new $190.00 price target on by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/1/2019 – Msci had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at UBS Group AG. They now have a $196.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $159.00.
  • 2/1/2019 – Msci had its price target raised by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald to $188.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/25/2019 – Msci is now covered by analysts at Buckingham Research. They set a “neutral” rating and a $171.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/8/2019 – Msci was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “MSCI is expected to hurt from increasing demand for lower fee products from other index providers that are targeting new inflows. Additionally, higher cancellations in the Index segment are a concern. Nevertheless, the company is benefiting from strong growth in asset-based fees and recurring subscriptions. Increasing new recurring subscriptions sales reflects solid demand for the company’s solutions. The company is also gaining from strong traction in client segments, like wealth management, and banks and broker dealers. Shares have outperformed the industry in the past year.”
  • 1/8/2019 – Msci had its price target lowered by analysts at Morgan Stanley from $172.00 to $159.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 1/7/2019 – Msci had its price target lowered by analysts at Barclays PLC from $175.00 to $165.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.

MSCI stock traded down $0.09 during trading on Monday, hitting $172.20. 7,306 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 614,500. The stock has a market capitalization of $15.17 billion, a PE ratio of 32.19, a P/E/G ratio of 2.88 and a beta of 1.11. Msci Inc has a 1 year low of $131.26 and a 1 year high of $184.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.80, a current ratio of 2.75 and a quick ratio of 2.75.

Msci (NYSE:MSCI) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 31st. The technology company reported $1.31 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.30 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $361.69 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $360.95 million. Msci had a return on equity of 125.73% and a net margin of 35.42%. Analysts anticipate that Msci Inc will post 5.98 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 22nd will be given a dividend of $0.58 per share. This represents a $2.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.35%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 21st. Msci’s payout ratio is 43.36%.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MSCI. FMR LLC raised its position in Msci by 12.6% during the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 8,714,865 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $1,441,701,000 after purchasing an additional 976,018 shares during the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Msci by 8,437.5% in the 2nd quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 70,776 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $135,000 after acquiring an additional 69,947 shares in the last quarter. Atria Investments LLC grew its stake in shares of Msci by 48.8% in the 3rd quarter. Atria Investments LLC now owns 3,803 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $675,000 after buying an additional 1,248 shares during the last quarter. Hennessy Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in Msci by 15.0% during the 3rd quarter. Hennessy Advisors Inc. now owns 11,500 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $2,040,000 after purchasing an additional 1,500 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can boosted its stake in shares of Msci by 24.5% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 208,466 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $36,984,000 after buying an additional 41,014 shares during the last quarter. 94.61% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

MSCI Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides investment decision support tools for the clients to manage their investment processes worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Index, Analytics, ESG, and Real Estate. The Index segment primarily provides equity indexes for use in various areas of the investment process, including index-linked product creation and performance benchmarking, as well as portfolio construction and rebalancing, and asset allocation.

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