How Should Investors View Morgan Stanley (MS) Insider Trading?


As of Wednesday close, Morgan Stanley’s (NYSE:MS) stock was up $0.26, moving up 0.29 percent to $89.93. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 4,770,220 shares. 3 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $0.11 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 6,503,165, while in the previous 50 days, it was 7,715,630.

Since last month, MS stock rose 11.70%. Shares of the company fell to $78.57 on 10/24/22, 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 $72.05. Since the beginning of this year, MS’s stock price has dropped by -8.38% or -$8.23, and marked a new high 9 times. However, the stock has declined by -18.04% since its 52-week high.

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MS stock investors should be aware that Morgan Stanley (MS) stock had its last reported insider trading activity 120 days ago on Jul 28. MORGAN STANLEY, the 10% Owner of the company, purchased of 8,598 shares for $8.41 on Jul 28. It resulted in a $72,330 investment by the insider. LUCZO STEPHEN J added 25,000 shares at an average price of $79.30 on May 12. The insider now owns 179,449 shares following the transaction. On Feb 08, Co-President/Head of WM SAPERSTEIN ANDREW M sold 17,162 shares at $105.70 apiece. The transaction was valued at $1,813,998.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Morgan Stanley (MS) has a P/E ratio of about 13.05. The stock’s beta is 1.31. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 2.48, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 1.63, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 1232.24 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $0.7750 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $0.7750. On Thursday July 14 2022, a $0.0750 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending September 29 was 2.35, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 6.85. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 85.10% percent. In the year ended September 29, operating margins totaled 26.50%. 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 12.70%.

In Morgan Stanley’s quarter-end financial report for September 29, it reported total debt of $220.42 billion. According to the earnings report, the company had a lower net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. While analysts expected Morgan Stanley to report $29.4 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $29.32 per share, beating the consensus estimate by -0.30%. During the quarter, the company generated $4.32 billion in EBITDA.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Morgan Stanley’s (MS) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 15.44%, the RSI 9-day stood at 66.52% on 23 November.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Morgan Stanley price is up by +0.12% percent or $0.11. At present, MS shares trade +11.15% above its 20-day simple moving average and +18.16% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately +3.15% above its SMA50 and -15.44% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 74.79% and Stochastic coefficient D was 72.82%, while ATR was 1.92. Given the Stochastic reading of 77.75% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 63.69%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at -0.19, while the 14-day reading stands at 1.30.


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