Moody's Corporation (MCO): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner

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Moody's Corporation ( MCO) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Moody's Corporation rose 80 cents (1.7%) to $48.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Moody's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.55-$48.57 after having opened the day at $47.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.47. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: Infoblox ( BLOX), up 18.1%, Shutterstock ( SSTK), up 17.1%, Innovaro ( INV), up 12.5%, and Planet Payment ( PLPM), up 11.4%.
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Moody's Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides credit ratings, research, and analysis covering fixed-income securities, other debt instruments, and the entities that issue such instruments in the global capital markets. Moody's Corporation has a market cap of $10.56 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Moody's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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