MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) Director Holdings L.P. Valueact sold 125,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $86.23, for a total value of $10,778,750.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link.

Holdings L.P. Valueact also recently made the following trade(s):

  • On Tuesday, September 20th, Holdings L.P. Valueact sold 75,000 shares of MSCI stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $85.66, for a total value of $6,424,500.00.
  • On Monday, September 19th, Holdings L.P. Valueact sold 75,000 shares of MSCI stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.35, for a total value of $6,401,250.00.

MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) opened at 86.74 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $8.21 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.46 and a beta of 1.02. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $87.06 and its 200-day moving average price is $78.85. MSCI Inc. has a one year low of $56.87 and a one year high of $90.79.

MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $290.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $286.46 million. MSCI had a return on equity of 34.95% and a net margin of 22.60%. The company’s revenue was up 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.56 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that MSCI Inc. will post $2.92 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm 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. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 11th. This represents a $1.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.29%. This is a positive change from MSCI’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.22. MSCI’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 45.71%.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Logan Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in MSCI by 1.3% in the second quarter. Logan Capital Management Inc. now owns 8,787 shares of the company’s stock worth $678,000 after buying an additional 109 shares during the period. Hartford Investment Management Co. raised its stake in shares of MSCI by 8.5% in the second quarter. Hartford Investment Management Co. now owns 3,051 shares of the company’s stock valued at $235,000 after buying an additional 239 shares during the last quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. raised its stake in shares of MSCI by 2.0% in the second quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 13,733 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,059,000 after buying an additional 269 shares during the last quarter. M&T Bank Corp raised its stake in shares of MSCI by 4.2% in the first quarter. M&T Bank Corp now owns 6,793 shares of the company’s stock valued at $503,000 after buying an additional 275 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund raised its stake in shares of MSCI by 1.1% in the second quarter. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund now owns 27,592 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,128,000 after buying an additional 294 shares during the last quarter. 95.32% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Several brokerages have weighed in on MSCI. Zacks Investment Research lowered MSCI from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 5th. Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 target price on shares of MSCI in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald set a $86.00 target price on MSCI and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 28th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $80.50.

MSCI Company Profile

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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