Is Morgan Stanley (MS) Price Targeted To Increase?

At the last check on Friday, Morgan Stanley’s (NYSE:MS) stock was up $1.87, moving up 2.38 percent to $80.46. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 8,089,306 shares. 1 time new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a -$3.82 fall in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 9,231,076, while in the previous 50 days, it was 9,741,328.

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Since last month, MS stock retreated -6.36%. Shares of the company fell to $76.75 on 05/12/22, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $109.73 was reached on 02/10/22 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $76.75. Since the beginning of this year, MS’s stock price has dropped by -19.94% or -$17.75, and marked a new high 9 times. However, the stock has declined by -26.67% since its 52-week high.

Morgan Stanley (MS) last reported insider trading activity 94 days ago on Feb 08. SAPERSTEIN ANDREW M, the Co-President/Head of WM of the company, disposed of 17,162 shares for $105.70 on Feb 08. It resulted in a $1,813,998 divestment by the insider. Hotsuki Keishi sold 24,500 shares at an average price of $105.00 on Feb 07. The insider now owns 270,986 shares following the transaction. On Jan 31, Head of Investment Management SIMKOWITZ DANIEL A sold 18,414 shares at $102.56 apiece. The transaction was valued at $1,888,525.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Morgan Stanley (MS) has a P/E ratio of about 10.00. The stock’s beta is 1.41. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 2.30, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 1.43, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 223.61 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $0.70 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $0.70. On Thursday July 15 2021, a $0.35 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending March 30 was 2.37, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 6.99. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 92.20% percent. In the year ended March 30, operating margins totaled 31.40%. Based on annual data, MS earned $19.67 billion in gross profit and brought in $59.76 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 2.00%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 14.50%.

In Morgan Stanley’s quarter-end financial report for March 30, it reported total debt of $229.82 billion. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. While analysts expected Morgan Stanley to report $33.67 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $41.05 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 21.90%. During the quarter, the company generated $5.53 billion in EBITDA. The value of shareholders’ equity is $1.75 billion.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Morgan Stanley’s (MS) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 38.08%, the RSI 9-day stood at 41.41% on 12 May.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Morgan Stanley price is down by -4.54% percent or -$3.82. At present, MS shares trade -5.13% below its 20-day simple moving average and -15.69% percent below its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately -8.40% below its SMA50 and -16.48% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 17.60% and Stochastic coefficient D was 11.53%, while ATR was 3.00. Given the Stochastic reading of 33.94% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 41.47%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at -2.86, while the 14-day reading stands at -2.84.

Analyst Ratings

Oppenheimer upgraded its rating on Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) to an Outperform in a note to investors on May 03, 2022. The analysts firm previously had a Perform rating on the stock.Morgan Stanley (MS) has been rated Overweight by analysts. According to 0 brokerage firms, MS is a sell, and 9 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 5 analysts rate Morgan Stanley stock as buy, with 16 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $104.50, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $83.30 – $125.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Morgan Stanley (MS) will achieve an average price target of $106.04.


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