MS (Morgan Stanley) stock is in for a key growth catalyst

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) closed the day trading at $81.22 down -1.72% from the previous closing price of $82.64. In other words, the price has decreased by -$1.42 from its previous closing price. On the day, 6822829 shares were traded. MS stock price reached its highest trading level at $82.23 during the session, while it also had its lowest trading level at $80.74.

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For a better understanding of MS, let’s look at its different ratios. In the meantime, Its Debt-to-Equity ratio is 7.32 whereas as Long-Term Debt/Eq ratio is at 2.67.

Upgrades & Downgrades

Insider Transactions:

The insider trade also gives investors a glimpse into the future direction of stock prices, which can be beneficial to investors. A recent insider transaction in this stock occurred on May 15 when AKRAM RAJA sold 7,320 shares for $82.95 per share. The transaction valued at 607,198 led to the insider holds 96,484 shares of the business.

GLOCER THOMAS H sold 4,535 shares of MS for $395,021 on May 03. The Director now owns 98,110 shares after completing the transaction at $87.11 per share. On Feb 13, another insider, SAPERSTEIN ANDREW M, who serves as the Co-President/Head of WM of the company, sold 46,226 shares for $98.45 each. As a result, the insider received 4,550,950 and left with 0 shares of the company.

Valuation Measures:

Investors should consider key stock statistics when deciding whether to invest or divest. In the wake of the recent closing price, MS now has a Market Capitalization of 141.76B. As of this moment, Morgan’s Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio for their current fiscal year is 13.95, and their Forward P/E ratio for the next fiscal year is 10.62. The expected Price-to-Earnings-to-Growth (PEG) calculation for the next 5 years is 3.60. For the stock, the TTM Price-to-Sale (P/S) ratio is 1.89 while its Price-to-Book (P/B) ratio in mrq is 1.45.

Stock Price History:

Over the past 52 weeks, MS has reached a high of $100.99, while it has fallen to a 52-week low of $72.05. The 50-Day Moving Average of the stock is 85.77, while the 200-Day Moving Average is calculated to be 88.14.

Shares Statistics:

Over the past 3-months, MS traded about 7.53M shares per day on average, while over the past 10 days, MS traded about 6.65M shares per day. A total of 1.65B shares are outstanding, with a floating share count of 1.31B. Insiders hold about 0.20% of the company’s shares, while institutions hold 63.80% stake in the company. Shares short for MS as of Apr 27, 2023 were 21.84M with a Short Ratio of 21.84M, compared to 18.24M on Mar 30, 2023. Therefore, it implies a Short% of Shares Outstanding of 1.31% and a Short% of Float of 1.69%.

Dividends & Splits

MS’s forward annual dividend rate is 3.10, up from 3.10 a year ago. Against a Trailing Annual Dividend Yield of 3.75%, it implies a Forward Annual Dividend Yield of 3.75%. The stock’s 5-year Average Dividend Yield is 2.67. The current Payout Ratio is 51.30% for MS, which recently paid a dividend on May 14, 2023 with an ex-dividend date of Apr 27, 2023. Stock splits for the company last occurred on Jan 26, 2000 when the company split stock in a 2:1 ratio.

Earnings Estimates

Current recommendations for the stock of the company come from 18 analysts. On average, analysts expect EPS of $1.63 for the current quarter, with a high estimate of $1.76 and a low estimate of $1.35, while EPS last year was $1.39. The consensus estimate for the next quarter is $1.63, with high estimates of $1.76 and low estimates of $1.43.

Analysts are recommending an EPS of between $7 and $6.08 for the fiscal current year, implying an average EPS of $6.54. EPS for the following year is $7.65, with 24 analysts recommending between $8.51 and $6.75.

Revenue Estimates

15 analysts predict $13.89B in revenue for the current quarter. It ranges from a high estimate of $14.28B to a low estimate of $13.11B. As of the current estimate, Morgan Stanley’s year-ago sales were $13.13B, an estimated increase of 5.80% from the year-ago figure. For the next quarter, 15 analysts are estimating revenue of $13.75B, an increase of 3.50% less than the figure of $5.80% in the same quarter last year. There is a high estimate of $14.12B for the next quarter, whereas the lowest estimate is $13.19B.

A total of 21 analysts have provided revenue estimates for MS’s current fiscal year. The highest revenue estimate was $56.79B, while the lowest revenue estimate was $52.14B, resulting in an average revenue estimate of $55.6B. In the same quarter a year ago, actual revenue was $53.67B, up 3.60% from the average estimate. Based on 20 analysts’ estimates, the company’s revenue will be $58.34B in the next fiscal year. The high estimate is $62.09B and the low estimate is $53.53B. The average revenue growth estimate for next year is up 4.90% from the average revenue estimate for this year.