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How to buy Moodys Corporation stock

Learn how to easily invest in Moodys Corporation stock.

Moodys Corporation is a financial data & stock exchanges business based in the US. Moodys Corporation shares (MCO) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Moodys Corporation employs 14,206 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $6 billion.

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Moodys Corporation stock price (NYSE: MCO)

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Moodys Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-18.
Latest market close$254.69
52-week range$250.46 - $404.50
50-day moving average $298.05
200-day moving average $320.39
Wall St. target price$311.47
PE ratio 30.3016
Dividend yield $2.64 (1%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $9.25

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Moodys Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $254.69 from 2022-09-23

1 week (2022-09-19) -8.55%
1 month (2022-08-22) -16.34%
3 months (2022-06-24) -8.22%
6 months (2022-03-23) -21.90%
1 year (2021-09-24) -32.31%
2 years (2020-09-25) -9.20%
3 years (2019-09-26) 19.47%
5 years (2017-09-26) 84.09%

Is Moodys Corporation stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Moodys Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Moodys Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Moodys Corporation's P/E ratio

Moodys Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 30x. In other words, Moodys Corporation shares trade at around 30x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Moodys Corporation's PEG ratio

Moodys Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.9262. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Moodys Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Moodys Corporation's EBITDA

Moodys Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $2.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Moodys Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Moodys Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $6 billion
Operating margin TTM 40.37%
Gross profit TTM $4.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 11.21%
Return on equity TTM 71.04%
Profit margin 28.92%
Book value $12.50
Market capitalisation $51.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Moodys Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Moodys Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Moodys Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 8.18

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Moodys Corporation's overall score of 8.18 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Moodys Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Moodys Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 3.92/100

Moodys Corporation's social score

Social score: 4.4/100

Moodys Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 2.2/100

Moodys Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Moodys Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Moodys Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Moodys Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 8.18
Total ESG percentile 2.76
Environmental score 3.92
Social score 4.4
Governance score 2.2
Level of controversy 2

Moodys Corporation share dividends

27%

Dividend payout ratio: 26.85% of net profits

Recently Moodys Corporation has paid out, on average, around 26.85% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Moodys Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Moodys Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.64 per share.

While Moodys Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Moodys Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Moodys Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 8 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Moodys Corporation's shares ever split?

Moodys Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 May 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Moodys Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Moodys Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Moodys Corporation's share price.

Moodys Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Moodys Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $250.4636 up to $404.4968. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MCO.US volatility(beta: 1.21)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Moodys Corporation's is 1.2129. This would suggest that Moodys Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Moodys Corporation overview

Moody's Corporation operates as an integrated risk assessment firm worldwide. It operates in two segments, Moody's Investors Service and Moody's Analytics. The Moody's Investors Service segment publishes credit ratings and provides assessment services on various debt obligations, programs and facilities, and entities that issue such obligations, such as various corporate, financial institution, and governmental obligations, as well as and structured finance securities. This segment provides ratings in approximately 140 countries. Its ratings are disseminated through press releases to the public through electronic media, including the internet and real-time information systems used by securities traders and investors. This segment has rated approximately 5,000 non-financial corporates; 3,600 financial institutions; 16,000 public finance issuers; 145 sovereigns; 47 supranational institutions; 459 sub-sovereigns; and 1,000 infrastructure and project finance issuers, as well as 9,100 structured finance deals. The Moody's Analytics segment develops a range of products and services that support the risk management activities of institutional participants in financial markets; and offers subscription based research, data, and analytical products comprising credit ratings, credit research, quantitative credit scores and other analytical tools, economic research and forecasts, business intelligence and company information products, commercial real estate data and analytical tools, and on-line and classroom-based training services, as well as credentialing and certification services.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Moodys Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.287% of Moodys Corporation shares are held by insiders and 94.828% by institutions.
How many people work for Moodys Corporation?
Latest data suggests 14,206 work at Moodys Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for Moodys Corporation?
Moodys Corporation's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Moodys Corporation based?
Moodys Corporation's address is: 7 World Trade Center, New York, NY, United States, 10007
What is Moodys Corporation's ISIN number?
Moodys Corporation's international securities identification number is: US6153691059
What is Moodys Corporation's CUSIP number?
Moodys Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 615369105

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