Moody's 2Q Earnings Pregame Scorecard

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Last quarter Moody's (NYSE:MCO) beat estimates by 7 cents per share and it is up again on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Expectations

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Analysts currently expect Moody's to come in with earnings of 71 cents per share on revenues of $632.1 million. Analysts gave estimates ranging from earnings per share to earnings per share. Over the past two months, the average estimate has moved down from 75 cents.

Stock Movement

In terms of price changes, the stock's best recent streak was when it gained $3.12 per share between June 25, 2012 and July 3, 2012. Looking at change over the last three months, April 25, 2012 and July 20, 2012, the stock price fell $5.66 (-13.5%), from $41.97 to $36.31.

Company Fundamental Trends

Stock Ratings

Analysts think investors should stand pat on Moody's with three of four analysts rating it hold. Analyst sentiment has been improving recently, as the average rating risen slightly over the past three months.

Last Quarter's Results

In the first quarter, profit rose 11.6% to $173.5 million (76 cents a share) from $155.5 million (67 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 12.1% to $646.8 million from $577.1 million.

Summary

Reporting Period: 2Q

Date of Release: Thursday, July 26, 2012 before market open

EPS: 71 cents

Revenue Estimate: $632.1 million

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)