Morgan Stanley [NYSE: MS] gained 1.83% or 1.44 points to close at $80.03 with a heavy trading volume of 15114306 shares. The company report on April 19, 2021 that DirectBooks Continues Platform Expansion to Include Euro and Sterling Investment Grade Deals.
Announces Appointment of Head of Europe.
DirectBooks™, the capital markets consortium founded to optimize global financing markets, announced the launch of Euro and Sterling Investment Grade deal announcements on the DirectBooks platform. The DirectBooks platform launched in Q4 2020 with deal announcement functionality for U.S. Dollar Investment Grade issuances globally, with a common set of structured deal data and document access for institutional investors.
It opened the trading session at $78.30, the shares rose to $80.37 and dropped to $78.11, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for MS points out that the company has recorded 55.91% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -125.25% lower than its most recent low trading price.
If we look at the average trading volume of 11.68M shares, MS reached to a volume of 15114306 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Morgan Stanley [MS]:
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for MS shares is $89.00 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on MS stock is a recommendation set at 2.10. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.
Daiwa Securities have made an estimate for Morgan Stanley shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on March 02, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Daiwa Securities raised their target price to Neutral. The new note on the price target was released on January 06, 2021, representing the official price target for Morgan Stanley stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $88, while Barclays analysts kept a Overweight rating on MS stock.
The Average True Range (ATR) for Morgan Stanley is set at 2.07, with the Price to Sales ratio for MS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.96. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.53, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 54.92.
Trading performance analysis for MS stock
Morgan Stanley [MS] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -0.19. With this latest performance, MS shares dropped by -4.66% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 55.91% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 104.73% in the past year of trading.
Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for MS stock in for the last two-week period is set at 51.42, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 51.16, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 52.71 for Morgan Stanley [MS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 79.22, while it was recorded at 79.95 for the last single week of trading, and 62.39 for the last 200 days.
Morgan Stanley [MS]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Morgan Stanley [MS] shares currently have an operating margin of +27.72. Morgan Stanley’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +21.08.
Return on Total Capital for MS is now 3.82, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 3.92. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 12.00, with Return on Assets sitting at 1.09. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Morgan Stanley [MS] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 291.40. Additionally, MS Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 74.45, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 26.52. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 212.99, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 49.47.
Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Morgan Stanley [MS] managed to generate an average of $161,706 per employee.
Morgan Stanley [MS]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis
With the latest financial reports released by the company, Morgan Stanley posted 1.96/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.12/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 75.00%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for MS. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Morgan Stanley go to 4.33%.
An analysis of insider ownership at Morgan Stanley [MS]
There are presently around $133,074 million, or 65.70% of MS stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MS stocks are: MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GROUP INC with ownership of 377,085,167, which is approximately 0% of the company’s market cap and around 0.20% of the total institutional ownership; STATE STREET CORP, holding 126,532,447 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $10.13 billion in MS stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $10.06 billion in MS stock with ownership of nearly -4.711% of the company’s market capitalization.
Positions in Morgan Stanley stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 800 institutional holders increased their position in Morgan Stanley [NYSE:MS] by around 117,386,314 shares. Additionally, 604 investors decreased positions by around 141,437,632 shares, while 150 investors held positions by with 1,403,974,946 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,662,798,892 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MS stock had 284 new institutional investments in for a total of 21,315,571 shares, while 99 institutional investors sold positions of 32,515,626 shares during the same period.