Tomahawk, WI 10/22/2013 (BasicsMedia) – When you need credit crating services, there is real possibility that you will go to Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) for these solutions. It also carries out research on behalf of its clients in addition to offering tools that used in data analysis. MCO extends its services and products offered through two segments; Moody’s Analytics and Moody’s Investors Service. The company’s market cap of more than $16.1 billion makes it one of the major players in a field comprising Equifax Inc, Experian Plc, McGraw Hill and others. It is the credit rating of choice.

This year, analysts have generally rated MCO a strong buy. This rating has been a result of various factors, which include the regulatory climate in Europe that is every improving in terms of clarity. The fact that the issuance of new domestic debt has strengthened has also helped in rating MCO a strong buy. MCO’s financial results for the first and second quarter of 2013 have also played a role in helping convince analysts that MCO is a strong buy. I know that the strong buy rating cannot last forever, and this will soon change to something else due to various factors.

MCO Hopes to Improve on its 2012 Total Revenue in 2013

MCO’s total revenue for 2012 was $2.7 billion, which it raised from its operations in 29 countries all over the world. It currently boasts of an employee base that numbers 7,000 personnel around the world. It’s prospects for 2013 and beyond look quite good because of the important role it plays in offering credit ratings to corporations, businesses, individuals and countries. It remains the most reliable credit rating services provider in the world, and this is why I think it is a strong buy. Its Q3 2013 financial results are slated for October 25, 2013.

I believe that if MCO can focus in reducing its operating expenses, it can see a massive growth in its net income. Its operating costs in 2013 have risen in 2013 compared to 2012, and it has to find ways of cutting these costs down. It is quite encouraging to note that the company’s operating income has also generally increased in 2013 from the figures reported in 2012. Even MCO’s adjusted operating income also increased in 2013 as compared to 2012, especially when taking the first two quarters into consideration. There has been massive increase in all aspects.

MCO Revenue from the U.S at par with the rest of the World

Just like I said earlier, it is good that the company has seen its revenues and profits increase in 2013, compared to similar period or quarters in 2012. There is no doubt that MCO has managed to post strong operating performance across all the major areas. The company even said that it hoped to increase its annualized dividend to $1.00 for every share held. The company is not relying too heavily on the U.S market for revenue and profits. It attributes the international market for close to 50% of the company’s total revenue obtained thus far in 2013.

These are just but a few of the reasons why I would also rate MCO a strong buy and ask investors to seriously think about adding this stock into their portfolio.

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