Analyst Ratings for Morgan Stanley (MS)

Updated: 2017-07-28

An average rating of Overweight has been given to Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by analysts covering the stock. A consensus rating of Overweight was previously issued for MS last month.

13 analysts declared MS a buy, 2 gave an overweight rating, 11 gave a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an decrease of 2 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

A number of analysts gave price targets for MS. The highest price target was 61, implying potential capital gains of 29.54 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 34, which equates to a potential downside of -27.8 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 1.21 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0.6 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0.87 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.73 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 2 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 3 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 4 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of MS to grow at a rate of -1.1 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of MS is -12.26.

MS has traded between a high of 48.04 and a low of 27.79 over the past year. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 69.45 percent, and 1.98 percent lower than its 52-week high. MS has a P/E ratio of 13.49. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The MS value stock report compares MS to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $87.11 billion. MS's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.