Media headlines about Moody's (NYSE:MCO) have been trending somewhat negative this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Moody's earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the business services provider an impact score of 43.5659254854944 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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Several research firms have weighed in on MCO. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $148.00 target price on shares of Moody's in a report on Wednesday. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $143.00 price objective on shares of Moody's in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Zacks Investment Research raised Moody's from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $148.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $149.00 price objective (up previously from $140.00) on shares of Moody's in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Barclays raised Moody's from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $150.00 to $165.00 in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $151.89.

Moody's (NYSE:MCO) traded down $0.52 during trading on Friday, hitting $151.30. The stock had a trading volume of 769,726 shares, compared to its average volume of 840,698. The stock has a market cap of $29,000.00, a P/E ratio of 26.33, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.67 and a beta of 1.35. The company has a current ratio of 1.15, a quick ratio of 1.15 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -32.57. Moody's has a 52 week low of $93.51 and a 52 week high of $153.41.

Moody's (NYSE:MCO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, November 3rd. The business services provider reported $1.52 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.37 by $0.15. The firm had revenue of $1.06 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $992.81 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.34 earnings per share. analysts expect that Moody's will post 5.94 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be issued a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 20th. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.00%. Moody's’s payout ratio is currently 54.68%.

In related news, Director Darrell Duffie sold 500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $138.41, for a total transaction of $69,205.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 21,804 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,017,891.64. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Raymond W. Mcdaniel sold 45,216 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.16, for a total value of $6,066,178.56. Following the sale, the insider now owns 292,310 shares in the company, valued at $39,216,309.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 49,716 shares of company stock worth $6,703,384. Company insiders own 1.17% of the company’s stock.

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Moody's Company Profile

Moody’s Corporation (Moody’s) is a provider of credit ratings; credit, capital markets and economic related research, data and analytical tools; software solutions and related risk management services, quantitative credit risk measures, financial services training and certification services, and research and analytical services to financial institution customers.

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