Vanguard Personalized Indexing Management LLC Purchases 38 Shares of Moody’s Co. (NYSE:MCO)

Vanguard Personalized Indexing Management LLC grew its position in Moody’s Co. (NYSE:MCOFree Report) by 0.4% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 10,501 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 38 shares during the quarter. Vanguard Personalized Indexing Management LLC’s holdings in Moody’s were worth $4,101,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Annis Gardner Whiting Capital Advisors LLC bought a new position in Moody’s during the third quarter worth $35,000. Raleigh Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in Moody’s by 87.7% during the third quarter. Raleigh Capital Management Inc. now owns 122 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $39,000 after acquiring an additional 57 shares in the last quarter. Milestone Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in Moody’s during the third quarter worth $52,000. Advantage Trust Co bought a new position in Moody’s during the fourth quarter worth $52,000. Finally, Turtle Creek Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Moody’s in the fourth quarter valued at $64,000. 92.11% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Analyst Ratings Changes

Several brokerages recently weighed in on MCO. raised shares of Moody’s from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 16th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price target on Moody’s from $430.00 to $414.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. UBS Group raised their price objective on Moody’s from $355.00 to $380.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their target price on shares of Moody’s from $350.00 to $374.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 7th. Finally, Barclays upgraded shares of Moody’s from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $375.00 to $450.00 in a research note on Tuesday, April 2nd. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. According to data from MarketBeat, the company currently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average target price of $400.50.

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Moody’s Price Performance

Shares of MCO traded up $7.84 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $409.94. The stock had a trading volume of 808,257 shares, compared to its average volume of 729,331. The company’s 50-day moving average is $386.28 and its 200 day moving average is $378.36. Moody’s Co. has a 12-month low of $298.86 and a 12-month high of $414.05. The company has a current ratio of 1.42, a quick ratio of 1.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.68. The company has a market capitalization of $74.86 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 44.75, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.30 and a beta of 1.26.

Moody’s (NYSE:MCOGet Free Report) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 2nd. The business services provider reported $3.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.06 by $0.31. Moody’s had a return on equity of 54.50% and a net margin of 27.01%. The firm had revenue of $1.79 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.70 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $2.99 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 21.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that Moody’s Co. will post 10.69 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Moody’s Announces Dividend

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 7th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 17th will be issued a $0.85 dividend. This represents a $3.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.83%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 16th. Moody’s’s payout ratio is currently 37.12%.

Moody’s Profile

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Moody's Corporation operates as an integrated risk assessment firm worldwide. It operates in two segments, Moody's Analytics and Moody's Investors Services. The Moody's Analytics segment develops a range of products and services that support the risk management activities of institutional participants in financial markets.

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