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 price target was 61, which equates to a potential upside of 29.54 percent. The minimum price target given was 34, which equates to a potential downside of -27.8 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 1.21 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.87 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.73 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 2 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 2 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 3 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 4 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of MS to grow at a rate of -1.1 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. 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.

In the trailing 52-weeks, MS hit 48.04 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 27.79. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 69.45 percent, and 1.98 percent below the 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.