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Moody's Corporation (MCO) is a leading financial data & stock exchanges business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$355.65 after a previous close of US$355.65. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD354.47 to a high of USD360.34. The latest price was USD359.49 (25 minute delay). Moodys Corporation is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Moodys Corporation

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Moodys Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: MCO. 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 Moodys Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, 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 US$335.65, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Moodys Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Moodys Corporation. Optimise 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.

Moodys Corporation share price

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Moodys Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-22.
OpenUS$355.65
HighUS$360.34
LowUS$354.47
CloseUS$359.49
Previous closeUS$355.65
Change US$3.84
Change % 1.0797%
Volume 605,244
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$251.6027 - US$357.24
50-day moving average US$332.8383
200-day moving average US$299.1614
Target priceUS$352.83
PE ratio 36.3985
Dividend yield US$2.3 (0.66%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$10.7213

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Is it a good time to buy Moodys Corporation stock?

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Moodys Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $359.49

1 week (2021-06-16) 3.63%
1 month (2021-05-21) 9.31%
3 months (2021-03-23) 23.63%
6 months (2020-12-23) 30.39%
1 year (2020-06-23) 29.77%
2 years (2019-06-21) 84.77%
3 years (2018-06-22) 108.51%
5 years (2016-06-23) 253.48%

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 36x. In other words, Moodys Corporation shares trade at around 36x 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 2.9268. 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 US$2.9 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 US$5.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 47.81%
Gross profit TTM US$3.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 14.26%
Return on equity TTM 15513.02%
Profit margin 35.66%
Book value 10.844
Market capitalisation US$65.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Moodys Corporation shares

There are currently 1.7 million Moodys Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Moodys Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 8.3% up from 1.6 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 712042.91666667). Moodys Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.4. In other words for every 100,000 Moodys Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2400 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 0.0092% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Moodys Corporation shares, roughly 9 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 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

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

21%

Dividend payout ratio: 20.58% of net profits

Recently Moodys Corporation has paid out, on average, around 20.58% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.71% 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 0.71% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Moodys Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.3 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 9 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 May 2021 (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 US$251.6027 up to US$357.24. 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 1.1674. 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; 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. 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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