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 price target was 140, implying potential capital gains of 5.04 percent. The minimum price target given was 117, implying a possible loss of -12.21 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0.39 percent. That number becomes -5.58 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 3.2 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 4.08 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 4 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 2 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Also over the last month, 7 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of MCO's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 124.42 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. MCO has a PEG ratio of 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 price/earnings 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 stock has a market capitalization of $25.46 billion. MCO is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.