MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) insider Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 275,000 shares of MSCI stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.83, for a total value of $23,603,250.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

Valueact Capital Master Fund, also recently made the following trade(s):

  • On Friday, September 16th, Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 225,000 shares of MSCI stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.28, for a total value of $19,188,000.00.
  • On Tuesday, September 13th, Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 225,000 shares of MSCI stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.41, for a total value of $19,217,250.00.
  • On Thursday, September 8th, Valueact Capital Master Fund, sold 450,000 shares of MSCI stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $88.17, for a total value of $39,676,500.00.

MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) opened at 86.74 on Thursday. MSCI Inc. has a 1-year low of $56.87 and a 1-year high of $90.79. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $87.06 and a 200 day moving average price of $78.85. The firm has a market capitalization of $8.21 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.46 and a beta of 1.02.

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MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.05. The business earned $290.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $286.46 million. MSCI had a return on equity of 34.95% and a net margin of 22.60%. The company’s revenue was up 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.56 earnings per share. Analysts predict that MSCI Inc. will post $2.92 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, August 31st. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 15th were issued a $0.28 dividend. This is a positive change from MSCI’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.22. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, August 11th. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.29%. MSCI’s dividend payout ratio is 45.71%.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. FMR LLC raised its stake in shares of MSCI by 24.5% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 12,602,373 shares of the company’s stock valued at $971,896,000 after buying an additional 2,479,831 shares during the period. Norges Bank bought a new stake in shares of MSCI during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $70,655,000. American Century Companies Inc. increased its stake in shares of MSCI by 287.3% in the second quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 1,186,899 shares of the company’s stock valued at $91,534,000 after buying an additional 880,449 shares in the last quarter. Emerald Acquisition Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of MSCI during the second quarter valued at approximately $56,019,000. Finally, Marshall Wace LLP increased its stake in shares of MSCI by 621.4% in the second quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 605,741 shares of the company’s stock valued at $46,714,000 after buying an additional 521,779 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.32% of the company’s stock.

MSCI has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating on shares of MSCI in a report on Friday, August 19th. Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 price target on shares of MSCI in a report on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut MSCI from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, August 5th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. MSCI presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $80.50.

MSCI Company Profile

MSCI Inc (MSCI), together with its subsidiaries, offers content, applications and services to support the needs of institutional investors throughout their investment processes. The Company’s operating segment includes Index, Analytics and All Other segment. All Other segment comprises ESG and Real Estate segments.

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