How to buy Moodys Corporation shares

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Moody's Corporation (MCO) is a leading financial data & stock exchanges business based in the US. Moodys Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 11,397 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Moodys Corporation

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: MCO in this case.
  5. Research Moodys Corporation shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Moodys Corporation shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Moodys Corporation share price

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Moodys Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-24.
52-week range$163.1793 - $305.3273
50-day moving average $278.0025
200-day moving average $281.931
Wall St. target price$318
PE ratio 27.7668
Dividend yield $2.24 (0.84%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $9.605
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Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
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0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
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Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
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From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
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Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
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AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Moodys Corporation stock?

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Is Moodys Corporation under- or over-valued?

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 28x. In other words, Moodys Corporation shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

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 2.3196. 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 a whopping $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 $5.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 46.63%
Gross profit TTM $3.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 14.65%
Return on equity TTM 152.33%
Profit margin 34.32%
Book value $7.97
Market capitalisation $50.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Moodys Corporation shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "MCO.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 2.5 million Moodys Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Moodys Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 4.4% up from 2.4 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)

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 790818.125). Moodys Corporation's SIR currently stands at 3.2. In other words for every 100,000 Moodys Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3200 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 0.0156% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Moodys Corporation shares, roughly 16 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.

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 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.).

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. A high-profile company, 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

Moody's 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

22%

Dividend payout ratio: 21.9% of net profits

Recently Moodys Corporation has paid out, on average, around 21.9% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.84% 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 0.84% 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 14 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 20 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Moodys Corporation's shares ever split?

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.

Moodys Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Moodys Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $163.1793 up to $305.3273. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MCO.US volatility(beta: 1.17)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 1.1728. 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).

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Moodys Corporation overview

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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