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Morgan Stanley [NYSE: MS] gained 0.34% on the last trading session, reaching $101.75 price per share at the time. The company report on October 18, 2021 that Morgan Stanley Announces Sustainable Solutions Social Justice Innovation Awards.

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Morgan Stanley represents 1.81 billion in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $183.60 billion with the latest information. MS stock price has been found in the range of $101.2974 to $102.45.

If compared to the average trading volume of 8.56M shares, MS reached a trading volume of 6136825 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 $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.

RBC Capital Mkts have made an estimate for Morgan Stanley shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Sector Perform, with their previous recommendation back on October 15, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Jefferies raised their target price from $108 to $119. The new note on the price target was released on October 04, 2021, representing the official price target for Morgan Stanley stock. On September 28, 2021, analysts increased their price target for MS shares from 91 to 95.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Morgan Stanley is set at 2.67, with the Price to Sales ratio for MS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.05. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.86, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 70.10.

Trading performance analysis for MS stock

Morgan Stanley [MS] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 4.06. With this latest performance, MS shares gained by 3.16% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 28.39% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 99.71% 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 53.78, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 57.02, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 52.91 for Morgan Stanley [MS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 101.87, while it was recorded at 100.98 for the last single week of trading, and 88.22 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 +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.

Morgan Stanley [MS]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

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 7.80%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Morgan Stanley [MS]

There are presently around $160,381 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 $13.2 billion in MS stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $12.27 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 708 institutional holders increased their position in Morgan Stanley [NYSE:MS] by around 60,577,660 shares. Additionally, 705 investors decreased positions by around 73,081,080 shares, while 215 investors held positions by with 1,442,565,828 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,576,224,568 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MS stock had 134 new institutional investments in for a total of 10,257,002 shares, while 97 institutional investors sold positions of 7,109,522 shares during the same period.

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