UPDATE: Piper Jaffray Reiterates Overweight Rating, Raises PT on Moody's Corporation

In a report published Monday, Piper Jaffray & Co. reiterated its Overweight rating on Moody's Corporation
MCO
, and slightly raised its price target from $58.00 to $59.00. Piper Jaffray noted, “Very robust 4Q debt issuance trends should drive EPS upside relative to our prior expectations. We boost our estimates to reflect this recent strength, partially mitigated by higher near-term operating costs. No change to our long-standing bullish view of MCO. Robust near-term EPS growth, attractive secular revenue growth prospects, potential for margin upside, and fading regulatory and legal risk make MCO one of our favorite investment ideas. Based on our higher estimates our price target moves fractionally higher to $59 from $58.” Moody's Corporation closed on Friday at $53.28.

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