The stock of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is now priced at $52.89 and the shares are 0.28 points up or 0.53% higher compared to its previous closing price of $52.61. The stock had 8.744 million contracts set over the past session. MS shares’ daily volume is compared to its average trading volume at 11.05 million shares. However, it has a float of 1190 million and although its performance was 3.5% over the week, it’s one to watch. Analysts have given the MS stock a yearly average price target of $58.67 per share. It means the stock’s upside potential is 10.93% with the MS share price recently placing at $52.45 to $53. However, some brokerage firms have priced the stock below the average, including one that has called $45.

The shorts are running away from the Morgan Stanley stock, with the latest data on short interest released on July 31, 2020, showing that short interest numbers in the MS shares have declined. Short interest in the stock represents just 3.67% of its float, but the volume has dropped by 0.

In the last trading session, Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) raised by $1.79 over the week and gained $4.01 on its 20-day. The stock’s high in the recent session is lower when compared to its 52-week high of $57.57. The stock recorded its established 52-week high on 01/17/20.

Since 03/18/20, the stock has traded to a low of $27.2 at 94.45%, an encouraging piece of data likely to interest most investors out to exploit the stock’s recent surge. The stock has a beta allocation of 1.45. Being above 1 means that the stock’s volatility is higher than the market and traders are keenly watching it.

Looking at current readings, Morgan Stanley’s two-week RSI is 62.4. This suggests that the stock is neutral at the moment and that MS shares’ price movement remains stable. The stochastic readings are equally revealing at 72.28% meaning the MS share price is currently in oversold territory.

The technical chart shows that the MS stock will likely settle at between $53.11 and $53.33 per share. However, if the stock dips below $52.56, then its market would become much weaker. Any downside could see the stock price sliding to levels as low as $52.23.

Currently, the stock is trading in the green of MACD, with a reading of 0.65. Investors always pay attention to any move above or below the zero-line, mainly because the indicator points to the position of the stock’s short-term average relative to its long-term measure. A MACD -a reading above the zero line means that the short-term is above the long-term average. This scenario implies that there is an upward momentum. The opposite is true when the MACD falls below the zero-line.

Analysts at Maxim Group assigned MS a rating of Buy in their intiating review released on July 08. DA Davidson analysts upgraded their recommendation of the stock from Neutral to Buy while keeping its target price at $58 in a flash note released to investors on June 24. UBS analysts see the stock as Buy. Nonetheless, the analysts revised the share prices up on June 23, placing it at $52 from $45.

The average rating for the MS equity is 2.08 and is currently gathering a bullish momentum. Of 25 analysts tracking Morgan Stanley polled by Reuters, 7 rated MS as a hold. The remaining 18 analysts were split evenly. However, the split wasn’t equal as a majority (18) rated it as a buy or strong buy. 0 analyst advised investors against buying the stock or to sell if they own any of the stock.

Elsewhere, the MS stock price is 10.76X ahead of its 12-month Consensus earnings per share estimates. The stocks P/S ratio currently stands at 9.6 below the group’s average of 15.3. Morgan Stanley has its P/E ratio at 1.1, which means that the stock is currently trading at a discount relative to the 1.6 industry average.


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