How to buy Moodys Corporation (MCO) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in Moodys Corporation shares.
Moodys Corporation (MCO) is a leading financial data & stock exchanges business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$371.99 after a previous close of US$372.63. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD369.99 to a high of USD378.32. The latest price was USD374.61 (25 minute delay). Moodys Corporation is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Moodys Corporation
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. Look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Moodys Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: MCO. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
- 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 using consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$372.63, 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.
- 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.
What's in this guide?
- Moodys Corporation key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Moodys Corporation stock a buy or sell?
- Moodys Corporation performance over time
- Is Moodys Corporation suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Moodys Corporation shares over-valued?
- Moodys Corporation's financials
- How volatile are Moodys Corporation shares?
- Does Moodys Corporation pay a dividend?
- Have Moodys Corporation shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Moodys Corporation stock price (NYSE:MCO)Use our graph to track the performance of MCO stocks over time.
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 the split, the next day you would own 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 shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$270.1046 - US$374.38|
|50-day moving average||US$330.1816|
|200-day moving average||US$324.0386|
|Dividend yield||US$3.01 (0.83%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$8.24|
Moodys Corporation price performance over time
|1 week (2023-12-01)||0.96%|
|1 month (2023-11-08)||10.59%|
|3 months (2023-09-08)||10.25%|
|6 months (2023-06-08)||12.41%|
|1 year (2022-12-08)||29.24%|
|2 years (2021-12-08)||-5.89%|
|3 years (2020-12-09)||36.06%|
|5 years (2018-12-07)||156.97%|
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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 45x. In other words, Moodys Corporation shares trade at around 45x 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 2.2962. 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$2.5 billion (£2 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Moodys Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure stock profitability.
Moodys Corporation share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Moodys Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$270.1046 up to US$374.38. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Moodys Corporation's is 1.31. This would suggest that Moodys Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Moodys Corporation financials
|Revenue TTM||US$5.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||38.31%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$3.9 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||9.27%|
|Return on equity TTM||52.37%|
|Market capitalisation||US$67.9 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Moodys Corporation share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 33.05% of net profits
Recently Moodys Corporation has paid out, on average, around 33.05% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.83% 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 0.83% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Moodys Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $3.01 per share.
While Moodys Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Moodys Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Moodys Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 15 December 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 22 November 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
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. 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
|Total ESG score||8.18|
|Total ESG percentile||2.76|
|Level of controversy||2|
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, as well as and structured finance securities. 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. 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 learning solutions. It also offers offshore research and analytic services to the global financial and corporate sectors; and risk management software solutions, as well as related risk management advisory engagements services. 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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