Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) Receives Daily News Sentiment Score of -5.00

News headlines about Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) have trended extremely negative this week, InfoTrie reports. InfoTrie ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Moody’s earned a media sentiment score of -5.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the business services provider an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Moody’s’ analysis:

Moody’s stock opened at $220.15 on Monday. The firm’s 50 day simple moving average is $213.58 and its 200-day simple moving average is $204.53. The company has a market cap of $41.32 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.79, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.68 and a beta of 1.24. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.50, a current ratio of 1.42 and a quick ratio of 1.42. Moody’s has a fifty-two week low of $129.26 and a fifty-two week high of $223.82.

Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 30th. The business services provider reported $2.15 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.99 by $0.16. The business had revenue of $1.24 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.18 billion. Moody’s had a net margin of 28.20% and a return on equity of 270.17%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 14.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.69 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Moody’s will post 8.18 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 12th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 21st will be given a $0.50 dividend. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.91%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 20th. Moody’s’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 27.06%.

A number of analysts recently commented on MCO shares. Barclays reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Moody’s in a report on Sunday, August 4th. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on shares of Moody’s from $176.00 to $181.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a report on Thursday, October 31st. UBS Group boosted their target price on shares of Moody’s from $245.00 to $257.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 31st. BMO Capital Markets boosted their target price on shares of Moody’s to $230.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, October 31st. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus boosted their target price on shares of Moody’s from $214.00 to $228.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 1st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $213.30.

In related news, insider Robert Fauber sold 3,721 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $216.26, for a total transaction of $804,703.46. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 49,591 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,724,549.66. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP John J. Goggins sold 20,784 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $218.06, for a total transaction of $4,532,159.04. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 86,543 shares in the company, valued at $18,871,566.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.90% of the company’s stock.

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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