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Moody's Is The Perfect Stock For My Portfolio

Nov. 20, 2023 4:45 PM ETMoody's Corporation (MCO)12 Comments


  • Moody's Corporation is a financial powerhouse with a $65 billion market cap, offering credit ratings, financial research, and next-gen services.
  • The company has a strong recurring revenue base, with 70% of its revenue being recurring, leading to rapid growth in key financials.
  • Moody's showed strong growth in its most recent quarter, with overall revenue growth of 15% and improved operating margins. The company is actively investing in innovation and new technologies.
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I'm a very picky investor. I currently own just 20 individual dividend (growth) stocks in my portfolio, which holds almost my entire net worth.

Essentially, there are two reasons why I hold just a few stocks:

  • I

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Leo Nelissen is an analyst focusing on major economic developments related to supply chains, infrastructure, and commodities. He is a contributing author for iREIT on Alpha.

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Comments (12)

bluescorpion0 profile picture
so Moodys is a financial play on what? business and gov debt analysis? Seems similar to a broker who earns on margin borrowings. Should debt contract , the stock goes down. Since we are at peak debt can it ever really expand to grow earnings? On the other hand they don't have credit risk, only reputational risk.
BM Cashflow Detective profile picture
We can shorten things here.

With a poor 5y PEG ratio of 2.25, the stock is a clear “hold”.

Long $MCO

The focus here is on enjoying the long-term journey.
You put a buy rating on the stock but Will wait for it to drop 22% before you would buy it. Sounds more like a HOLD.
Leo Nelissen profile picture
@jaylhare It's more like a personal preference, as I know that many will disagree with me. My view that inflation isn't over is not very mainstream.
new_hope profile picture
Hey Leo, I 'd love to read more about your investment strategy and why you pick or drop a specific stock. Thanks.
Leo Nelissen profile picture
@new_hope I really like this comment. I'll incorporate that in future articles and I have something big planned.
MCO a great company, very good analysis. Why do you like MCO better than SPGI?
Moats and Monopolies profile picture
@jterrion Both great - why choose?
Leo Nelissen profile picture
@jterrion I have a very hard time picking any over the other. What I like about MCO is that it grows its services a bit differently than SPGI. However, both stocks pretty much move in lockstep.
BM Cashflow Detective profile picture
@Moats and Monopolies


The worst path you can choose is not to choose one.
ndardick profile picture
I am glad that you chose to own CME instead of MCO in your own portfolio, because CME sports significantly better forward p/e, forward Enterprise Value/EBITDA and forward Price/Cash Flow ratios. However, neither is particularly attractive to me based upon their high p/e and P/CF ratios, and their negligible dividends.
Leo Nelissen profile picture
@ndardick I like CME based on free cash flow. But yes, after its rally, it's not very deep value anymore.

Thanks for stopping by, Nate!
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