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 most optimistic price target was 61, implying a possible profit of 29.54 percent. The minimum price target given was 34, which equates to a potential downside of -27.8 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 1.21 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 0.6 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0.87 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.73 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 2 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 3 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, compared to 4 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

MS has an estimated earnings growth rate of -1.1 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, 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, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of MS is -12.26.

MS has a 52-week high of 48.04 and a 52-week low of 27.79. Currently the stock is 69.45 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 1.98 percent. 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.