Private Capital Group LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI) by 6.2% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 752 shares of the technology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 44 shares during the quarter. Private Capital Group LLC’s holdings in Msci were worth $217,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Global Retirement Partners LLC lifted its position in shares of Msci by 21.6% in the 1st quarter. Global Retirement Partners LLC now owns 197 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $57,000 after acquiring an additional 35 shares during the period. Gideon Capital Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of Msci by 1.8% in the 4th quarter. Gideon Capital Advisors Inc. now owns 2,068 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $534,000 after acquiring an additional 37 shares during the period. Ellevest Inc. lifted its position in shares of Msci by 42.4% in the 1st quarter. Ellevest Inc. now owns 131 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $38,000 after acquiring an additional 39 shares during the period. Segment Wealth Management LLC lifted its position in shares of Msci by 3.0% in the 1st quarter. Segment Wealth Management LLC now owns 1,360 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $393,000 after acquiring an additional 40 shares during the period. Finally, Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. lifted its position in shares of Msci by 14.1% in the 4th quarter. Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. now owns 381 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $98,000 after acquiring an additional 47 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.94% of the company’s stock.

MSCI stock opened at $341.22 on Friday. The business has a fifty day moving average price of $310.64 and a 200 day moving average price of $280.03. Msci Inc has a fifty-two week low of $206.82 and a fifty-two week high of $356.66. The stock has a market capitalization of $28.59 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 54.68 and a beta of 0.97.

Msci (NYSE:MSCI) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 28th. The technology company reported $1.90 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.68 by $0.22. Msci had a negative return on equity of 286.63% and a net margin of 33.28%. The firm had revenue of $416.78 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $406.36 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.55 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 12.2% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Msci Inc will post 7.06 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 29th. Investors of record on Friday, May 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.68 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 14th. This represents a $2.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.80%. Msci’s dividend payout ratio is 42.24%.

In other news, COO Cd Baer Pettit sold 2,500 shares of Msci stock in a transaction on Monday, May 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $316.08, for a total value of $790,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 287,480 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $90,866,678.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Insiders sold a total of 6,903 shares of company stock valued at $2,123,051 over the last three months. Insiders own 2.94% of the company’s stock.

A number of analysts have commented on the company. William Blair reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of Msci in a research report on Friday, January 24th. Cantor Fitzgerald restated an “overweight” rating and set a $324.00 target price (up previously from $262.00) on shares of Msci in a research report on Friday, January 31st. Atlantic Securities upgraded Msci from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $340.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, February 12th. UBS Group cut their target price on Msci from $299.00 to $268.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, March 13th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co raised their target price on Msci from $270.00 to $335.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, January 31st. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $302.89.

Msci Company Profile

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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