Analyst Expect Big Moves From Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS)

Currently, there are 1.63B common shares owned by the public and among those 1.26B shares have been available to trade.

Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 51 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 24 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 1,103,851 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 27 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 994,635 shares.

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However, the script later moved the day high at 87.64, up 1.14%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of 1.14% and 17.09% over the past three months. MS shares are trading -6.84% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance down to -11.40% lower. It has a 12-month low price of $69.42 and touched a high of $100.99 over the same period. MS has an average intraday trading volume of 0.94 shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by 0.36%, -0.81%, and 2.89% respectively.

Institutional ownership of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) shares accounts for 62.39% of the company’s 1.63B shares outstanding.

It has a market capitalization of $142.58B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 1.42. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 16.79, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $5.17. The company has a PEG of 2.10 and the debt-to-equity ratio at 2.83. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 1.36% over the week and 1.88% over the month.

Analysts forecast that Morgan Stanley (MS) will achieve an EPS of $1.7 for the current quarter, $1.59 for the next quarter and $7.36 for 2025. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $1.43 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $1.85. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $1.55 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 23.59%, and 13.95% over the next financial year. EPS should grow at an annualized rate of 8.00% over the next five years, compared to 1.83% over the past 5-year period.

Looking at the support for the MS, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. Keefe Bruyette stated their Mkt Perform rating for the stock in a research note on January 17, 2024, with the firm’s price target at $102-$91.

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