Morgan Stanley [MS] stock Downgrade by Atlantic Equities analyst, price target now $85

Morgan Stanley [NYSE: MS] gained 0.27% on the last trading session, reaching $79.43 price per share at the time. The company report on October 24, 2022 that Morgan Stanley Investment Management Partners with Opportunity Finance Network on the Newly Launched Impact Class of Money Market Fund Shares.


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Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) announced today it has selected Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) as its diversity and inclusion partner for MSIM’s charitable contribution related to the newly launched Impact Class. OFN is a leading national network of 370 community development finance institutions (CDFIs) that works to ensure communities underserved by mainstream finance have access to affordable, responsible financial products and services.

Morgan Stanley represents 1.70 billion in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $131.86 billion with the latest information. MS stock price has been found in the range of $78.57 to $81.10.

If compared to the average trading volume of 7.71M shares, MS reached a trading volume of 8136614 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]:

Atlantic Equities have made an estimate for Morgan Stanley shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Neutral, with their previous recommendation back on October 05, 2022. The new note on the price target was released on September 06, 2022, representing the official price target for Morgan Stanley stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $111, while Oppenheimer analysts kept a Outperform rating on MS stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Morgan Stanley is set at 2.84, with the Price to Sales ratio for MS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.16. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.44, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 79.09. Price to Free Cash Flow for MS in the course of the last twelve months was 212.67.

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 2.97. With this latest performance, MS shares dropped by -2.55% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -6.61% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -21.97% 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 47.63, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 50.60, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 46.68 for Morgan Stanley [MS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 84.17, while it was recorded at 78.47 for the last single week of trading, and 86.54 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 +33.10. Morgan Stanley’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +24.50.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 14.51, with Return on Assets sitting at 1.30.

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 1.51%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Morgan Stanley [MS]

There are presently around $114,869 million, or 63.60% 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 122,701,247 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $9.75 billion in MS stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $9.48 billion in MS stock with ownership of nearly -0.132% of the company’s market capitalization.

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 725 institutional holders increased their position in Morgan Stanley [NYSE:MS] by around 40,023,962 shares. Additionally, 771 investors decreased positions by around 68,438,323 shares, while 237 investors held positions by with 1,337,707,984 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,446,170,269 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MS stock had 110 new institutional investments in for a total of 5,310,230 shares, while 131 institutional investors sold positions of 3,517,796 shares during the same period.

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