Weekly Financial Analyst Ratings Updates for Morgan Stanley (MS)


A number of companies have changed their ratings and price targets on the shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) recently:

  • 04/20/2022 – Morgan Stanley has been assigned a new price target of $105.00 by analysts at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc..
  • 04/18/2022 – Morgan Stanley had its price target raised by BMO Capital Markets analysts from $110.00 to $113.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the title.
  • 04/14/2022 – Morgan Stanley has been assigned a new price target of $105.00 by analysts at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 05/04/2022 – Morgan Stanley had its price target lowered by analysts at Piper Sandler from $112.00 to $100.00. They now have a “neutral” rating on the title.
  • 4/4/2022 – Morgan Stanley had its price target lowered by Wells Fargo & Company analysts from $104.00 to $94.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 3/31/2022 – Morgan Stanley is now covered by analysts at StockNews.com. They have placed a “holding” rating on the stock.
  • 03/16/2022 – Morgan Stanley has been downgraded by analysts to Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” odd to a “hold” odd. They now have a price target of $91.00 on the stock. According to Zacks, “Morgan Stanley shares have outperformed the industry over the past year. The company has an impressive track record of earnings surprises. Its earnings have exceeded Zacks’ consensus estimate in each of the past four quarters. The company is continually striving to focus less on capital markets focused revenue streams. The acquisitions of Eaton Vance and E*Trade Financial are a step in this direction. The increased focus on corporate lending will continue to support financials over the coming quarters. In addition, the company’s strong capital deployment activities reflect a strong liquidity position, through which it will increase shareholder value. However, high expenses due to franchise investments will likely hurt profits. Relatively low interest rates and uncertainty about the performance of financial markets have us worried.

NYSE: MS opened at $84.74 on Monday. The company has a debt ratio of 2.36, a current ratio of 0.78 and a quick ratio of 0.78. Morgan Stanley has a fifty-two week low of $78.29 and a fifty-two week high of $109.73. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $89.49 and its two-hundred-day moving average is $96.62. The stock has a market capitalization of $148.82 billion, a PE ratio of 10.78, a price-to-growth earnings ratio of 1.49 and a beta of 1.46.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MSGet a rating) last announced its quarterly results on Thursday, April 14. The financial services provider reported earnings per share (EPS) of $2.02 for the quarter, beating Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.69 by $0.33. The company posted revenue of $14.80 billion in the quarter, versus analyst estimates of $14.16 billion. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 15.03% and a net margin of 24.21%. The company’s revenue was down 5.8% year-over-year. During the same period of the previous year, the company achieved EPS of $2.22. On average, stock research analysts expect Morgan Stanley to post 7.47 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 13. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 29 will receive a dividend of $0.70 per share. The ex-date of this dividend is Thursday, April 28. This represents an annualized dividend of $2.80 and a dividend yield of 3.30%. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio is 35.62%.

Separately, insider Daniel A. Simkowitz sold 18,414 shares of the company in a trade that took place on Monday, January 31. The stock was sold at an average price of $102.56, for a total value of $1,888,539.84. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, accessible via the SEC website. Also, insider Andrew M. Saperstein sold 17,162 shares of the company in a transaction that took place on Tuesday, February 8. The stock was sold at an average price of $105.70, for a total value of $1,814,023.40. Disclosure of this sale can be found here. During the last quarter, insiders sold 53,990 shares of the company valued at $5,563,298. 0.23% of the shares are held by insiders.

Hedge funds have recently changed their holdings in the company. JFS Wealth Advisors LLC increased its holdings of Morgan Stanley shares by 61.6% during the fourth quarter. JFS Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 265 shares of the financial services provider worth $26,000 after buying 101 additional shares in the last quarter. Maryland Capital Advisors Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley during the fourth quarter valued at around $29,000. South Dakota’s Sageworth Trust Co bought a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley during the fourth quarter worth about $29,000. Vienna Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $29,000. Finally, Western Pacific Wealth Management LP bought a new equity stake in Morgan Stanley during the fourth quarter valued at around $29,000. Institutional investors hold 83.79% of the company’s shares.

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to businesses, governments, financial institutions and individuals in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It operates through Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management segments.

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