News coverage about MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MSCI earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the technology company an impact score of 46.6536906462682 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
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UPDATE 2-MSCI lists 234 Chinese stocks for index inclusion in boost to capital markets (feeds.reuters.com) MSCI announces 234 China A shares to be added to indexes (cnbc.com) MSCI to add 234 China A-shares to main indexes (feeds.reuters.com) MSCI Equity Indexes May 2018 Index Review (markets.financialcontent.com) Eyes on MSCI rejig: Will Pidilite make an entry? (thehindubusinessline.com)
A number of analysts have commented on MSCI shares. Cantor Fitzgerald upped their price target on MSCI to $163.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Morgan Stanley upped their price target on MSCI from $146.00 to $160.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, May 4th. Zacks Investment Research cut MSCI from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. UBS reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $177.00 price objective (down previously from $180.00) on shares of MSCI in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $150.00 price objective on shares of MSCI in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $155.67.
Shares of NYSE MSCI traded down $0.43 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $160.54. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 864,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 932,002. The firm has a market cap of $14.33 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 40.34, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.01 and a beta of 0.84. The company has a quick ratio of 2.06, a current ratio of 2.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.93. MSCI has a 52 week low of $159.34 and a 52 week high of $162.29.
MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 3rd. The technology company reported $1.31 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.26 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $351.32 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $349.01 million. MSCI had a return on equity of 109.18% and a net margin of 26.14%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 16.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.88 earnings per share. research analysts expect that MSCI will post 5.35 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, May 31st. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 18th will be paid a $0.38 dividend. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.95%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 17th. MSCI’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 38.19%.
In related news, insider Richard J. Napolitano sold 3,362 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $154.75, for a total transaction of $520,269.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 12,612 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,951,707. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Corporate insiders own 2.36% of the company’s stock.
MSCI Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides investment decision support tools for the clients to manage their investment processes worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Index, Analytics, ESG, and Real Estate. The Index segment primarily provides equity indexes for use in various areas of the investment process, including index-linked product creation and performance benchmarking, as well as portfolio construction and rebalancing, and asset allocation.