why Morgan Stanley [MS] is a Good Choice for Investors After New Price Target of $104.51

Morgan Stanley [NYSE: MS] jumped around 0.49 points on Tuesday, while shares priced at $97.78 at the close of the session, up 0.50%. The company report on October 12, 2021 that Exact Capital Group Receives Equity Investment from TruFund’s Impact Developers Fund to Accelerate Growth.

TruFund Financial Services (“TruFund”), a Community Development Financial Institution located in New York City, announced that it has made an equity investment in Exact Capital Group, LLC, a majority Black-owned real estate development firm headquartered in New York, NY that specializes in the development and management of affordable and mixed-use, residential, and commercial real estate. The preferred equity investment will support critical aspects of Exact Capital’s strategic growth plan, specifically allowing the firm to continue with the development of affordable housing for low and moderate income residents, leverage increased liquidity, and enable it to grow internal capacity.

“Access to affordable forms of capital has limited opportunities for BIPOC developers and has greatly impeded their growth potential,” said James H. Bason, President and CEO of TruFund, the fund manager. “Ensuring racial equity by providing access to capital is essential and a key mission objective of the fund. Our preferred equity investment will enhance Exact Capital’s organizational growth trajectory and allow it to readily and actively pursue affordable housing and other economic development opportunities in underserved communities.”.

Morgan Stanley stock is now 42.68% up from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. MS Stock saw the intraday high of $98.72 and lowest of $96.69 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 105.95, which means current price is +46.28% above from all time high which was touched on 09/28/21.

Compared to the average trading volume of 8.68M shares, MS reached a trading volume of 7707962 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say 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 $104.51 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 2.00. 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.

Jefferies have made an estimate for Morgan Stanley shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on October 04, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on September 29, 2021, representing the official price target for Morgan Stanley stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $91 to $95, while Berenberg kept a Hold rating on MS stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Morgan Stanley is set at 2.58, with the Price to Sales ratio for MS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.07. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.79, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 70.19.

How has MS stock performed recently?

Morgan Stanley [MS] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -1.43. With this latest performance, MS shares dropped by -6.34% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 21.03% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 92.71% 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 43.37, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 41.75, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 45.42 for Morgan Stanley [MS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 101.60, while it was recorded at 98.60 for the last single week of trading, and 87.39 for the last 200 days.

Morgan Stanley [MS]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Morgan Stanley [MS] shares currently have an operating margin of +28.30. Morgan Stanley’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +21.11.

Return on Total Capital for MS is now 3.89, 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.

Earnings analysis for Morgan Stanley [MS]

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 6.42%.

Insider trade positions for Morgan Stanley [MS]

There are presently around $154,194 million, or 66.80% 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 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; STATE STREET CORP, holding 129,694,032 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $12.68 billion in MS stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $11.8 billion in MS stock with ownership of nearly -0.324% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Morgan Stanley stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 718 institutional holders increased their position in Morgan Stanley [NYSE:MS] by around 60,815,945 shares. Additionally, 698 investors decreased positions by around 72,734,618 shares, while 209 investors held positions by with 1,443,395,182 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,576,945,745 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MS stock had 139 new institutional investments in for a total of 10,316,077 shares, while 97 institutional investors sold positions of 7,071,261 shares during the same period.

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