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Morgan Stanley (MS) Stock Price, News & Analysis

+1.20 (+1.20%)
(As of 05/21/2024 ET)
Today's Range
50-Day Range
52-Week Range
8.42 million shs
Average Volume
8.19 million shs
Market Capitalization
$165.00 billion
P/E Ratio
Dividend Yield
Price Target

Morgan Stanley MarketRank™ Stock Analysis

Analyst Rating
2.42 Rating Score
3.2% Downside
$98.30 Price Target
Short Interest
0.99% of Float Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Based on Four Factors
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
0.48mentions of Morgan Stanley in the last 14 days
Based on 45 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
Selling Shares
$10.72 M Sold Last Quarter
Proj. Earnings Growth
From $6.83 to $7.75 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

New Rank-Based ScoringMarketRank is calculated by averaging available category scores (with extra weight given to analysis and valuation), then ranking the company's weighted average against that of other companies.

4.84 out of 5 stars

Finance Sector

58th out of 807 stocks

Security Brokers & Dealers Industry

3rd out of 25 stocks

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About Morgan Stanley Stock (NYSE:MS)

Morgan Stanley is the 6th largest financial institution in the US. The company is ranked 61st on the Forbes Fortune 500 list and is the 39th largest bank in the world. A financial holding company, Morgan Stanley provides a full range of financial services to clients around the world.

Morgan Stanley was formed in 1935 as a result of the Glass-Steagall Act. Glass-Steagall separated commercial and investment banking in a way that forced the then-largest bank J.P. Morgan & Co to split into two groups. J.P. Morgan & Co. chose to retain the commercial side of the business while partners Henry S. Morga, grandson of J.P., and Harold Stanley took the investment end. In its first year, Morgan Stanley did 24% of the IPO business and maintains a lion’s share of the market to this day.

The original company existed and grew through acquisitions until 1987 when it merged with Dean Witter Discover & Co. The new Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Discover & Co existed for 14 years until 2001 when the name was shortened back to Morgan Stanley.

The bank is credited in part with both beginning and ending the financial crisis of 2007/2008. The Process Driven Trading unit lost $300 million in one day due to a short-squeeze that popped the bubble in the housing market. After teetering on the brink of failure Morgan Stanley agreed to become a bank holding company regulated by the Federal Reserve, a key factor in the original decision to split from parent J.P. Morgan & Co. Ironically when given the chance, present-day J.P. Morgan refused to buy Morgan Stanley but that was for the better.

Today, Morgan Stanley operates through three segments via offices in 41 countries and employs more than 75,000 people. Revenue in 2021 topped $49 billion and total assets topped $1.15 trillion.

The operating segments are Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management segments. The Institutional Securities segment is by far the largest and most profitable. It offers a range of services and products for businesses, institutions, and entities that include capital raising, strategic advisory, underwriting, advice on M&A, restructuring, and real estate. The Wealth Management segment provides brokerage and investment advisory services for individuals and employers. The services include brokerage, financial planning, company stock-plan administration, insurance, mortgage loans, lines of credit, and retirement planning. The Investment Management segment provides investment products to a range of institutions, organizations, corporations, and governments.


MS Stock Price History

MS Stock News Headlines

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Company Calendar

Last Earnings
Ex-Dividend for 5/15 Dividend
Dividend Payable
Next Earnings (Estimated)
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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Security brokers & dealers
Investment Banking & Brokerage
Year Founded

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Target
High Stock Price Target
Low Stock Price Target
Potential Upside/Downside
Consensus Rating
Rating Score (0-4)
Research Coverage
19 Analysts


Net Income
$9.09 billion
Pretax Margin


Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$51.25 billion
Cash Flow
$8.52 per share
Book Value
$55.58 per share


Outstanding Shares
Free Float
Market Cap
$165.00 billion

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MS Stock Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell Morgan Stanley stock right now?

19 Wall Street equities research analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Morgan Stanley in the last year. There are currently 11 hold ratings and 8 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street equities research analysts is that investors should "hold" MS shares. A hold rating indicates that analysts believe investors should maintain any existing positions they have in MS, but not buy additional shares or sell existing shares.
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What is Morgan Stanley's stock price target for 2024?

19 Wall Street research analysts have issued 1-year target prices for Morgan Stanley's stock. Their MS share price targets range from $79.15 to $118.00. On average, they predict the company's stock price to reach $98.30 in the next twelve months. This suggests that the stock has a possible downside of 3.2%.
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How have MS shares performed in 2024?

Morgan Stanley's stock was trading at $93.25 on January 1st, 2024. Since then, MS shares have increased by 8.9% and is now trading at $101.53.
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Are investors shorting Morgan Stanley?

Morgan Stanley saw a decline in short interest in April. As of April 30th, there was short interest totaling 12,350,000 shares, a decline of 22.5% from the April 15th total of 15,930,000 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 7,990,000 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 1.5 days. Currently, 1.0% of the shares of the company are sold short.
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When is Morgan Stanley's next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, July 16th 2024.
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How were Morgan Stanley's earnings last quarter?

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April, 16th. The financial services provider reported $2.02 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $1.69 by $0.33. The financial services provider earned $15.14 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $14.42 billion. Morgan Stanley had a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 10.88% and a net margin of 9.57%. The company's revenue was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.70 EPS.
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How often does Morgan Stanley pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Morgan Stanley?

Morgan Stanley declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, April 16th. Investors of record on Tuesday, April 30th will be given a dividend of $0.85 per share on Wednesday, May 15th. This represents a $3.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.35%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, April 29th.
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Is Morgan Stanley a good dividend stock?

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) pays an annual dividend of $3.40 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 3.41%. The company has been increasing its dividend for 10 consecutive years, indicating the company has a strong committment to maintain and grow its dividend. The dividend payout ratio is 61.93%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, MS will have a dividend payout ratio of 43.87% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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How will Morgan Stanley's stock buyback program work?

Morgan Stanley declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase program on Friday, June 30th 2023, which allows the company to buyback $20,000,000,000.00 in outstanding shares, according to EventVestor. This buyback authorization allows the company to reacquire up to 12.7% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are typically an indication that the company's leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

What is James P. Gorman's approval rating as Morgan Stanley's CEO?

3,439 employees have rated Morgan Stanley Chief Executive Officer James P. Gorman on James P. Gorman has an approval rating of 93% among the company's employees. This puts James P. Gorman in the top 30% of approval ratings compared to other CEOs of publicly-traded companies.

What other stocks do shareholders of Morgan Stanley own?

Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other Morgan Stanley investors own include JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Intel (INTC), NVIDIA (NVDA), Walt Disney (DIS), Citigroup (C), Cisco Systems (CSCO), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Verizon Communications (VZ).

Who are Morgan Stanley's major shareholders?

Morgan Stanley's stock is owned by a number of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include Vanguard Group Inc. (6.67%), Capital International Investors (1.75%), Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD (0.79%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (0.77%), Capital Research Global Investors (0.63%) and Janus Henderson Group PLC (0.43%). Insiders that own company stock include Alistair Darling, Andrew M Saperstein, Andrew M Saperstein, Charles Aubrey Smith III, Daniel A Simkowitz, Edward N Pick, James P Gorman, Jonathan Pruzan, Mandell Crawley, Raja Akram, Sharon Yeshaya, Stanley Morgan, Stephen J Luczo and Thomas H Glocer.
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How do I buy shares of Morgan Stanley?

Shares of MS stock can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, Fidelity, and Vanguard Brokerage Services.
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Does Morgan Stanley have any subsidiaries?
The following companies are subsidiares of Morgan Stanley: Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Morgan Stanley Bank N.A., Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc., Morgan Stanley Capital Services LLC, Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., Morgan Stanley Investments (UK), Morgan Stanley Private Bank National Association, Morgan Stanley Services Group Inc., Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, Morgan Stanley Asia Holdings Limited, Morgan Stanley Domestic Holdings Inc., Morgan Stanley International Limited, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, Morgan Stanley Bank AG, Morgan Stanley Capital Management LLC, Morgan Stanley Europe Holding SE, Morgan Stanley Europe SE, Morgan Stanley Finance LLC, Morgan Stanley Holdings LLC, Morgan Stanley International Holdings Inc., Morgan Stanley Investment Management Limited, Morgan Stanley Japan Holdings Co. Ltd., Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co. Ltd., CoAdvantage, E*Trade, Eaton Vance Management, Fusion Connect, Hanwha L&C, KSH Infra, Mesa West Capital, Microlife Corporation, Morgan Stanley, NEWSTAR, Shareworks, Smith Barney Venture, and Zenith.
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This page (NYSE:MS) was last updated on 5/21/2024 by Staff

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