As Moodys Corp (MCO) Shares Rose, Schwartz Investment Counsel INC Trimmed Stake by $4.43 Billion

April 23, 2018 - By Marie Mckinney

Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) LogoInvestors sentiment increased to 1.35 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.34, from 1.01 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 28 investors sold MCO shares while 162 reduced holdings. 84 funds opened positions while 172 raised stakes. 158.40 million shares or 0.16% more from 158.15 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. First Mercantile Trust accumulated 1,266 shares or 0.04% of the stock. Bp Plc holds 0.13% in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) or 24,000 shares. Victory Mngmt has invested 0% in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO). The Ohio-based Bahl & Gaynor has invested 0% in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO). Argyle Capital Mgmt Incorporated reported 1,400 shares stake. Trb Advsrs Lp has invested 2.62% in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO). Wedge Capital L Limited Partnership Nc reported 192,948 shares. Wms Ptnrs Lc holds 0.03% or 2,036 shares in its portfolio. Ibm Retirement Fund invested in 0.11% or 4,158 shares. Old National Bank In stated it has 0.02% of its portfolio in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO). First Allied Advisory Svcs holds 3,407 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Aqr Capital Management Limited Liability Company invested in 0.01% or 93,465 shares. Quantbot Technologies LP reported 33,718 shares. Arizona-based Davis Selected Advisers has invested 0% in Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO). Fjarde Ap holds 0.11% or 49,239 shares.

Since November 22, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 9 insider sales for $30.52 million activity. 486 shares were sold by Crimmins Michael S, worth $81,218. Duffie Darrell sold $80,480 worth of stock. 5 Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) shares with value of $808 were sold by Fauber Robert. Huber Linda had sold 30,391 shares worth $4.92M on Monday, March 5. Shares for $10.11 million were sold by Almeida Mark on Wednesday, November 22.

Schwartz Investment Counsel Inc decreased its stake in Moodys Corp (MCO) by 6.87% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Schwartz Investment Counsel Inc sold 30,000 shares as the company’s stock rose 8.54% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 406,600 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $60.02B, down from 436,600 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Schwartz Investment Counsel Inc who had been investing in Moodys Corp for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $31.35B market cap company. The stock decreased 1.03% or $1.7 during the last trading session, reaching $164.02. About 671,132 shares traded. Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) has risen 43.20% since April 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 31.65% the S&P500.

Schwartz Investment Counsel Inc, which manages about $1.74 billion and $1689.15 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Tjx Cos Inc New (NYSE:TJX) by 50,500 shares to 491,200 shares, valued at $37.56B in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in O Reilly Automotive Inc New (NASDAQ:ORLY) by 26,000 shares in the quarter, for a total of 62,000 shares, and has risen its stake in Texas Pac Ld Tr (NYSE:TPL).

Analysts await Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) to report earnings on April, 27 before the open. They expect $1.79 EPS, up 21.77 % or $0.32 from last year’s $1.47 per share. MCO’s profit will be $342.09M for 22.91 P/E if the $1.79 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.51 actual EPS reported by Moody's Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 18.54 % EPS growth.

Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) Ratings Coverage

Among 11 analysts covering Moody’s (NYSE:MCO), 3 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 27% are positive. Moody’s has $203.0 highest and $146 lowest target. $172.27’s average target is 5.03% above currents $164.02 stock price. Moody’s had 19 analyst reports since November 6, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Market Perform” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Monday, November 6. The stock has “Hold” rating by Piper Jaffray on Tuesday, January 23. The stock of Moody's Corporation (NYSE:MCO) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, January 11 by Nomura. BMO Capital Markets maintained the shares of MCO in report on Wednesday, April 18 with “Hold” rating. As per Friday, February 9, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. On Thursday, April 12 the stock rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with “Equal-Weight”. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, February 9 by BMO Capital Markets. As per Friday, November 17, the company rating was upgraded by Barclays Capital. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Market Perform” rating in Monday, February 12 report. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, February 12 by Credit Suisse.

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