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Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is 2.34% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $72.05 and a high of $100.99 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will continue to grow shareholders’ wealth in the market. Here’s what analysts think will happen to its price in the coming time. The MS stock was last observed hovering at around $85.39 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 1.62% off its average median price target of $103.50 for the next 12 months. It is also 30.39% off the consensus price target high of $125.00 offered by 27 analysts, but current levels are -3.58% lower than the price target low of $84.00 for the same period.

Currently trading at $87.01, the stock is -8.90% and -8.48% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 15.31 million and changing 1.90% at the moment leaves the stock 0.36% off its SMA200. MS registered 0.79% gain for a year compared to 6-month gain of -0.19%.

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The stock witnessed a -13.47% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -6.15%, and is -5.63% down over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 4.40% over the week and 2.44% over the month.

Morgan Stanley (MS) has around 82000 employees, a market worth around $149.84B and $65.94B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 14.18 and Fwd P/E is 10.49. Profit margin for the company is 16.00%. Distance from 52-week low is 20.76% and -13.84% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (1.50%).

Morgan Stanley (MS) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Morgan Stanley (MS) is a “Overweight”. 27 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.40, where 10 rate it as a Hold and 1 think it is a “Overweight”. 15 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 1 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

The EPS is expected to shrink by -23.40% this year

Morgan Stanley (MS) Top Institutional Holders

The shares outstanding are 1.65B, and float is at 1.31B with Short Float at 1.46%.

Morgan Stanley (MS) Insider Activity

A total of 44 insider transactions have happened at Morgan Stanley (MS) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 29 and purchases happening 15 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by SAPERSTEIN ANDREW M, the company’s Co-President/Head of WM. SEC filings show that SAPERSTEIN ANDREW M sold 46,226 shares of the company’s common stock on Feb 13 at a price of $98.45 per share for a total of $4.55 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 0.0 shares.

Morgan Stanley disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Feb 13 that SAPERSTEIN ANDREW M (Co-President/Head of WM) sold a total of 24,556 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Feb 13 and was made at $98.23 per share for $2.41 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 0.19 million shares of the MS stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Jan 31, SIMKOWITZ DANIEL A (Head of Investment Management) disposed off 8,077 shares at an average price of $96.54 for $0.78 million. The insider now directly holds 315,321 shares of Morgan Stanley (MS).

Morgan Stanley (MS): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) that is trading -1.31% down over the past 12 months and Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) that is -21.57% lower over the same period. The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW) is -30.41% down on the 1-year trading charts.

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