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Morgan Stanley (MS) – key numbers that make it a Strong Buy For Now

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is 0.30% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $69.42 and a high of $95.57 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 $94.16 in the last trading session, with the day’s loss setting it -0.63%.

Currently trading at $93.53, the stock is 4.59% and 6.94% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 3.41 million and changing -0.67% at the moment leaves the stock 10.04% off its SMA200. MS registered 8.45% gain for a year compared to 6-month gain of 13.80%.

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The stock witnessed a 8.71% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -0.12%, and is 1.72% up 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 1.46% over the week and 2.14% over the month.

Morgan Stanley (MS) has around 80000 employees, a market worth around $152.95B and $96.67B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 18.08 and Fwd P/E is 12.85. Profit margin for the company is 8.82%. Distance from 52-week low is 34.73% and -2.13% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (2.43%).

Morgan Stanley quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $1.69 with sales reaching $14.41B over the same period.The EPS is expected to grow by 22.97% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 4.50% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to grow 3.50% in year-over-year returns.

Morgan Stanley (MS) Top Institutional Holders

2,297 institutions hold shares in Morgan Stanley (MS), with institutional investors hold 81.43% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 1.63B, and float is at 1.25B with Short Float at 1.31%. Institutions hold 62.44% of the Float.

The top institutional shareholder in the company is Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc with over 377.09 million shares valued at $32.2 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 22.76% of the MS Shares outstanding. As of Jun 29, 2023, the second largest holder is State Street Corporation with 114.52 million shares valued at $9.78 billion to account for 6.91% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Vanguard Group Inc which holds 110.85 million shares representing 6.69% and valued at over $9.47 billion, while Blackrock Inc. holds 5.47% of the shares totaling 90.64 million with a market value of $7.74 billion.

Morgan Stanley (MS) Insider Activity

The most recent transaction is an insider sale by GORMAN JAMES P,the company’sExecutive Chairman. SEC filings show that GORMAN JAMES P sold 100,000 shares of the company’s common stock on Feb 12 ’24 at a price of $87.30 per share for a total of $8.73 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 0.35 million shares.

Morgan Stanley disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Feb 12 ’24 that SAPERSTEIN ANDREW M (Co-President) sold a total of 26,655 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Feb 12 ’24 and was made at $87.19 per share for $2.32 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 0.29 million shares of the MS stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Jan 31 ’24, GROSSMAN ERIC F (Chief Legal/Admin Officer) disposed off 26,562 shares at an average price of $88.55 for $2.35 million. The insider now directly holds 234,627 shares of Morgan Stanley (MS).

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