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MSCI Inc is a financial data & stock exchanges business based in the US. MSCI shares (MSCI) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. MSCI employs 3,513 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.6 billion.

How to buy shares in MSCI

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for MSCI. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MSCI. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until MSCI reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$365.61, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of MSCI, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of MSCI. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted MSCI's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, MSCI's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$365.61, which is 15.46% up on its pre-crash value of USD$309.08 and 67.21% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$218.65.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of MSCI shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$791.90 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,250.39.

MSCI share price

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MSCI shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market closeUSD$365.61
52-week rangeUSD$214.115 - USD$398.49
50-day moving average USD$352.8897
200-day moving average USD$345.3641
Wall St. target priceUSD$414
PE ratio 59.5456
Dividend yield USD$3.12 (0.86%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$6.14

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Is it a good time to buy MSCI stock?

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MSCI price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $365.61 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-14) 1.83%
1 month (2020-09-22) 4.09%
3 months (2020-07-21) -6.02%
6 months (2020-04-21) 17.44%
1 year (2019-10-21) 61.67%
2 years (2018-10-19) 137.63%
3 years (2017-10-20) 199.68%
5 years (2015-10-21) 504.71%

Is MSCI under- or over-valued?

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

MSCI's P/E ratio

MSCI's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 60x. In other words, MSCI shares trade at around 60x 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.

MSCI's PEG ratio

MSCI's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.3043. 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 MSCI's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

MSCI's EBITDA

MSCI's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$888.3 million.

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

MSCI financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 50.62%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 13.53%
Return on equity TTM 514.34%
Profit margin 32.14%
Book value $-2.737
Market capitalisation USD$30.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting MSCI shares

There are currently 987,685 MSCI shares held short by investors – that's known as MSCI's "short interest". This figure is 2.7% down from 1.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting MSCI shares can be evaluated.

MSCI's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

MSCI's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of MSCI shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of MSCI shares traded daily (recently around 496324.12060302). MSCI's SIR currently stands at 1.99. In other words for every 100,000 MSCI shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1990 shares are currently held short.

However MSCI's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of MSCI shares, or, against the total number of tradable MSCI shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case MSCI's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 MSCI shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0137% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable MSCI shares, roughly 14 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 MSCI.

Find out more about how you can short MSCI stock.

MSCI'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 MSCI.

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

MSCI's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 23.67

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and MSCI's overall score of 23.67 (as at 10/01/2020) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 35th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like MSCI 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.).

MSCI's environmental score

Environmental score: 3.61/100

MSCI's environmental score of 3.61 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that MSCI is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

MSCI's social score

Social score: 18.93/100

MSCI's social score of 18.93 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that MSCI is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

MSCI's governance score

Governance score: 9.13/100

MSCI's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that MSCI is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

MSCI's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. MSCI scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that MSCI has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

MSCI Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 23.67
Total ESG percentile 35.06
Environmental score 3.61
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 18.93
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 9.13
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 1

MSCI share dividends

40%

Dividend payout ratio: 40.17% of net profits

Recently MSCI has paid out, on average, around 40.17% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.86% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), MSCI shareholders could enjoy a 0.86% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In MSCI's case, that would currently equate to about $3.12 per share.

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

MSCI's most recent dividend payout was on 31 August 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

MSCI share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, MSCI's shares have ranged in value from as little as $214.115 up to $398.49. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MSCI.US volatility(beta: 0.86)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 MSCI's is 0.8588. This would suggest that MSCI's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

MSCI overview

MSCI Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides investment decision support tools for the clients to manage their investment processes worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Index, Analytics, ESG, and Real Estate. The Index segment primarily provides equity indexes for use in various areas of the investment process, including index-linked product creation and performance benchmarking, as well as portfolio construction and rebalancing, broker-dealer structured products, and asset allocation. The Analytics segment offers risk management, performance attribution and portfolio management content, applications, and services that provide clients with an integrated view of risk and return, and an analysis of market, credit, liquidity, and counterparty risk across various asset classes, spanning short, medium, and long-term time horizons; and various managed services for clients such as consolidation of client portfolio data from various sources, review and reconciliation of input data and results, and customized reporting consultants and investors in hedge funds. The ESG segment provides products and services that help institutional investors understand how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors impact the long-term risk of their investments; and data and ratings products for use in the construction of equity and fixed income indexes to help institutional investors benchmark ESG investment performance and issue index-based investment products, as well as manage, measure, and report on ESG mandates. The Real Estate segment offers real estate performance analysis for funds, investors, and managers. This segment provides products and services that include research, reporting, market data, and benchmarking; and business intelligence to real estate owners, managers, developers, and brokers. The company serves asset owners and managers, banks, and wealth managers. MSCI Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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