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Moody's 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 11,400 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$5.4 billion.
|52-week range||USD$163.1807 - USD$305.33|
|50-day moving average||USD$275.0427|
|200-day moving average||USD$280.016|
|Wall St. target price||USD$317.15|
|Dividend yield||USD$2.24 (0.81%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$9.39|
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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 current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 29x. In other words, Moodys Corporation shares trade at around 29x 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 "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.3154. 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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$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.
|Revenue TTM||USD$5.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||45.45%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$3.9 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||13.46%|
|Return on equity TTM||136.69%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$51.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 2.2 million Moodys Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Moodys Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 14.3% down from 2.5 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Moodys Corporation shares can be evaluated.
Moodys Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Moodys Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Moodys Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 841010.46511628). Moodys Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.58. In other words for every 100,000 Moodys Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2580 shares are currently held short.
However Moodys Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Moodys Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Moodys Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Moodys Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Moodys Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0134% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Moodys Corporation shares, roughly 13 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Moodys Corporation.
Find out more about how you can short Moodys Corporation stock.
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.
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 01/01/2019) 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.).
Environmental score: 3.92/100
Social score: 4.4/100
Governance score: 2.2/100
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.
|Total ESG score||8.18|
|Total ESG percentile||2.76|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dividend payout ratio: 22.68% of net profits
Recently Moodys Corporation has paid out, on average, around 22.68% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.9% 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 0.9% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Moodys Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.24 per share.
While Moodys Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Moodys Corporation is investing more in its future growth.
Moodys Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 18 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Moodys Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 19 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.
Over the last 12 months, Moodys Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $163.1807 up to $305.33. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
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 1.1553. 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).
Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings and assessment services; 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 and provides assessment services on various debt obligations and entities that issue such obligations, such as various corporate and governmental obligations, structured finance securities, and commercial paper programs. This segment provides ratings in approximately 130 countries. Its ratings are disseminated through press releases to the public through print and electronic media, including the Internet and real-time information systems used by securities traders and investors. As of December 31, 2019, this segment had ratings relationships with approximately 4,900 non-financial corporate issuers; 4,100 financial institutions issuers; 17,200 public finance issuers; and 1,000 infrastructure and project finance issuers, as well as 9,500 structured finance transactions. The Moody's Analytics segment develops a range of products and services that support financial analysis and 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, and commercial real estate data and analytical tools. It also offers software solutions, as well as related risk management services; and offshore analytical and research services with learning solutions and certification programs. The company was formerly known as Dun and Bradstreet Company and changed its name to Moody's Corporation in September 2000. Moody's Corporation was founded in 1900 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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