Moody's Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Moody's (NYSE: MCO  ) jumped as much as 10% today after the company released earnings.

So what: First-quarter revenue increased 23% to $412.6 million as the company benefited from an increase in corporate bond issuance. Earnings per share increased to $0.67 from $0.47 last year and beat estimates of $0.54 from analysts.

Now what: Moody's also increased its full-year earnings forecast 10 cents to a range of $2.22-$2.32 per share. Low rates have led to higher corporate and junk bond issuance, and the industry continues to rely on Moody's to rate those bonds. Unless there are major changes in the industry's reliance on ratings agencies, I think shares will continue to rise.

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