Analyst Ratings for Moody's Corp. (MCO)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Moody's Corp. (NYSE:MCO) was awarded an average rating of Hold from investment analysts following the stock. Last month, MCO received an average rating of Hold.

Of the 14 analysts covering the stock, 2 gave it a buy rating, 0 issued an overweight rating, 12 gave a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has increased by 1. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

A number of analysts gave price targets for MCO. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 140, implying potential capital gains of 5.04 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 117, implying potential capital losses of -12.21 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0.39 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -5.58 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 3.2 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 4.08 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 4 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 7 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of MCO's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 124.42 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of MCO is 0.44.

MCO has traded between a high of 135.20 and a low of 93.51 over the past year. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 42.53 percent, and below the high by 1.42 percent. MCO has a P/E ratio of 54.4. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The MCO value stock report compares MCO to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of MCO is $25.46 billion. MCO's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.