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.

MS was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 61, implying a possible profit of 29.54 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 34, implying a possible loss 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.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 1.21 percent. That number becomes 0.6 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. 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.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 2 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 2 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Also over the last month, 3 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 4 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of MS's earnings is estimated by analysts to be -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 people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 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.

In the trailing 52-weeks, MS hit 48.04 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 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 market cap of MS is $87.11 billion. MS will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.