MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) insider Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 225,000 shares of MSCI stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.41, for a total value of $19,217,250.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

Valueact Capital Master Fund, also recently made the following trade(s):

  • On Friday, September 16th, Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 225,000 shares of MSCI stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.28, for a total value of $19,188,000.00.
  • On Thursday, September 8th, Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 450,000 shares of MSCI stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $88.17, for a total value of $39,676,500.00.
  • On Thursday, June 16th, Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 120,000 shares of MSCI stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.53, for a total value of $8,943,600.00.

MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) opened at 85.36 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $8.08 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.90 and a beta of 1.02. MSCI Inc. has a one year low of $56.87 and a one year high of $90.79. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $86.92 and a 200-day moving average of $78.26.

MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.05. The company earned $290.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $286.46 million. MSCI had a return on equity of 34.95% and a net margin of 22.60%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.56 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that MSCI Inc. will post $2.92 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, August 31st. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 15th were issued a $0.28 dividend. This is a boost from MSCI’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.22. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.31%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, August 11th. MSCI’s dividend payout ratio is presently 45.71%.

Several research firms recently weighed in on MSCI. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating on shares of MSCI in a report on Friday, August 19th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded MSCI from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, August 3rd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 price objective on shares of MSCI in a report on Friday, July 29th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $80.50.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Norges Bank bought a new stake in shares of MSCI during the fourth quarter valued at about $70,655,000. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund bought a new stake in shares of MSCI during the first quarter valued at about $2,022,000. Aperio Group LLC boosted its stake in shares of MSCI by 34.1% in the first quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 11,834 shares of the company’s stock valued at $877,000 after buying an additional 3,011 shares during the last quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of MSCI by 6.5% in the first quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 484,228 shares of the company’s stock valued at $35,872,000 after buying an additional 29,756 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its stake in shares of MSCI by 25.6% in the first quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 348,698 shares of the company’s stock valued at $25,831,000 after buying an additional 71,080 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 95.37% of the company’s stock.

About MSCI

MSCI Inc (MSCI), together with its subsidiaries, offers content, applications and services to support the needs of institutional investors throughout their investment processes. The Company’s operating segment includes Index, Analytics and All Other segment. All Other segment comprises ESG and Real Estate segments.

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