Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) is scheduled to be posting its quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Wednesday, April 24th. Analysts expect Moody’s to post earnings of $1.89 per share for the quarter. Moody’s has set its FY 2019 guidance at $7.85-8.10 EPS and its FY19 guidance at $7.85-8.10 EPS.Individual that are interested in registering for the company’s earnings conference call can do so using this link.

Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) last issued its earnings results on Friday, February 15th. The business services provider reported $1.63 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.71 by ($0.08). The business had revenue of $1.06 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.14 billion. Moody’s had a return on equity of 268.11% and a net margin of 29.48%. Moody’s’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.51 EPS. On average, analysts expect Moody’s to post $8 EPS for the current fiscal year and $9 EPS for the next fiscal year.

Shares of NYSE:MCO opened at $188.09 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $35.47 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.45, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 1.29. Moody’s has a 52 week low of $129.26 and a 52 week high of $191.30. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.96, a quick ratio of 1.61 and a current ratio of 1.61.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 10th. Investors of record on Monday, May 20th will be given a $0.50 dividend. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.06%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, May 17th. Moody’s’s payout ratio is presently 27.06%.

In other Moody’s news, insider Raymond W. Mcdaniel sold 44,146 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $183.95, for a total value of $8,120,656.70. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 229,749 shares in the company, valued at $42,262,328.55. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 0.90% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies lifted their target price on shares of Moody’s from $178.00 to $205.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, April 5th. UBS Group lifted their target price on shares of Moody’s from $170.00 to $198.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 9th. BMO Capital Markets lifted their target price on shares of Moody’s to $182.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 20th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Moody’s from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 19th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $145.00 target price on shares of Moody’s in a research report on Friday, February 15th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $174.60.

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About Moody’s

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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