Moody’s Corporation (MCO) President and CEO Owns Stock Worth $447.0

Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) finished Friday with an addition of $5.46 to close at $381.66, an upside of 1.45 percent. An average of 459,560 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $10.48 in the past week, and it reached a new high 41 times over the past 12 months. The last 20 days have seen an average of 503,210 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 483,508.

MCO stock has increased by 1.26% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $346.88 on 10/04/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 08/06/21, shares of the company touched a low of $253.17 and a high of $388.81 in 52 weeks. It has reached a new high 42 times so far this year and achieved 31.50% or $91.42 in price. In spite of this, the price is down -1.84% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

22 days have passed since Moody’s Corporation (MCO) last reported insider trading activity. Fauber Robert, who is President and CEO, most recently acquired $447 shares at $357.50 per share on Oct 01. In this transaction, the insider spent $159,802. President and CEO, Fauber Robert, disposed of 447 shares at a price of $380.31 on Sep 01. The insider now owns more than $169,999 worth of shares. Prior to that, EVP & Chief Financial Officer Kaye Mark went on to Sale 3,133 shares at $379.69 each on Aug 16. An amount of $1,189,569 was transacted.

Valuation Metrics

Moody’s Corporation (MCO) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 34.39, which compares with the 25.70 for the broader industry and 13.15 for the sector. In the last five years, Moody’s Corporation’s PE ratio has ranged between 88.03 and 20.20. The stock’s beta is 1.14. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 12.23, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 32.59, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 37.10.

Moody’s Corporation pays a $2.48 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 0.65%. The company has a payout ratio of 21.10%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment took place on Sep. 10, and it was $0.62 a share, without any change from last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 12 consecutive years with the latest increase dividend $0.06 reported on Friday February 12 2021.Dividends have grown by 47.37% each year over the last three years.

The quick ratio of Moody’s Corporation for the three months ended June 29 was 2.30, and the current ratio was 2.30, indicating that the company is able to meet its debt obligations. Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 2.91 and a total debt to equity ratio of 0.00 for the quarter ending June 29. Moody’s Corporation’s EBITDA margin for the year ending June 29 is 49.66%, while its operating margin for the same period stands at 47.20%. Its gross profit as reported stood at $3.9 billion compared to revenue of $5.37 billion.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, Moody’s Corporation’s return on assets was 17.00%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 13.50 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

For the three-month period that ended June 29, Moody’s Corporation had $88.0 million in cash and short-term investments compared to $6.36 billion in total debt. In the quarter under review, the net income was down than the previous quarter. The company posted a net income of $577.0 million in the quarter, while revenues were grew 11.79%. The analyst consensus anticipated Moody’s Corporation’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $2.78 per share, but it turned out to be $3.22, a 15.80% surprise. For the quarter, EBITDA amounted to $861.0 million. Shareholders own equity worth $186.2 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at Moody’s Corporation (MCO) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 22 October was 67.15%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 17.22%.

As of today, MCO’s price is $376.55 +2.82% or $10.48 from its 5-day moving average. MCO is currently trading +1.43% higher than its 20-day SMA and +13.93% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is +0.72% above the SMA50 and +35.64% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 86.72% and 88.09%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 7.14. With the 14-day stochastic at 97.43% and the average true range at 7.06, the RSI (14) stands at 61.56%. The stock has reached 4.73 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at 9.07.

Analyst Ratings

UBS downgraded Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) to a a Neutral rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a Buy. The consensus rating for Moody’s Corporation (MCO) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell MCO, while 5 suggest investors hold. There are 2 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 2 analysts, while 9 others rate it as a “buy”.

What is MCO’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $372.00 and $450.00, with a median target of $415.00. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for Moody’s Corporation (MCO) stock is $413.12.


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