Media headlines about Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Moody’s earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 45.5761412170417 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- DBRS upgrades Portugal’s debt rating but Moody’s holds firm (xinhuanet.com)
- Moody’s changes outlook for Midlands housing association (insidehousing.co.uk)
- Moody’s: Sales tax bill to boost Oklahoma cities (newsok.com)
- BRIEF-Moody’s Changes Czech Republic’s Outlook To Positive From Stable, Affirms A1 Ratings (reuters.com)
- Moody’s (MCO) Rating Lowered to Hold at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on MCO shares. Nomura started coverage on shares of Moody’s in a report on Thursday, January 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $180.00 price objective for the company. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Moody’s in a report on Friday, February 9th. BMO Capital Markets upped their price objective on shares of Moody’s from $159.00 to $161.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, February 9th. Wells Fargo set a $160.00 price objective on shares of Moody’s and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $187.00 price objective (up previously from $161.00) on shares of Moody’s in a report on Monday, February 12th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Moody’s presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $169.42.
Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 9th. The business services provider reported $1.51 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.45 by $0.06. Moody’s had a net margin of 23.80% and a negative return on equity of 319.45%. The company had revenue of $1.17 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.07 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.23 EPS. Moody’s’s revenue was up 23.7% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that Moody’s will post 7.74 earnings per share for the current year.
In other Moody’s news, Director Darrell Duffie sold 500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $160.96, for a total value of $80,480.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 21,944 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,532,106.24. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Linda Huber sold 30,391 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $161.92, for a total transaction of $4,920,910.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 80,397 shares of company stock valued at $12,943,423 over the last three months. 1.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
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Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related 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 on various debt obligations and entities that issue such obligations comprising various corporate and governmental obligations, structured finance securities, and commercial paper programs.
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