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How to buy Morgan Stanley stock
Learn how to easily invest in Morgan Stanley stock.
Morgan Stanley is a capital markets business based in the US. Morgan Stanley shares (MS) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Morgan Stanley employs 74,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.
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- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – MS – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
- Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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What's in this guide?
- MS shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is MS stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Is MS suitable for ethical investing?
- Are MS shares over-valued?
- Morgan Stanley's financials
- How volatile are MS shares?
- Does Morgan Stanley pay a dividend?
- Have MS shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Morgan Stanley stock price (NYSE: MS)Use our graph to track the performance of MS stocks over time.
Morgan Stanley shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$95.73|
|52-week range||$65.62 - $106.47|
|50-day moving average||$99.67|
|200-day moving average||$95.34|
|Wall St. target price||$112.33|
|Dividend yield||$2.1 (2.83%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$7.83|
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Morgan Stanley price performance over time
|1 week (2022-01-13)||-6.65%|
|1 month (2021-12-20)||0.38%|
|3 months (2021-10-20)||-4.90%|
|6 months (2021-07-20)||3.69%|
|1 year (2021-01-20)||27.91%|
|2 years (2020-01-17)||66.46%|
|3 years (2019-01-18)||119.11%|
|5 years (2017-01-20)||124.77%|
Is Morgan Stanley stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing Morgan Stanley stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Morgan Stanley's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Morgan Stanley's P/E ratio
Morgan Stanley's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, Morgan Stanley shares trade at around 13x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Morgan Stanley's PEG ratio
Morgan Stanley's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 6.143. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Morgan Stanley's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Morgan Stanley financials
|Revenue TTM||$58.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||39.84%|
|Gross profit TTM||$42.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||1.38%|
|Return on equity TTM||15.05%|
|Market capitalisation||$177.4 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Morgan Stanley's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Morgan Stanley.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Morgan Stanley's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 21.96
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Morgan Stanley's overall score of 21.96 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 31st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Morgan Stanley is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Morgan Stanley's environmental score
Environmental score: 2.31/100
Morgan Stanley's environmental score of 2.31 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Morgan Stanley is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Morgan Stanley's social score
Social score: 10.97/100
Morgan Stanley's social score of 10.97 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Morgan Stanley is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Morgan Stanley's governance score
Governance score: 7.68/100
Morgan Stanley's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Morgan Stanley is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Morgan Stanley's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Morgan Stanley scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Morgan Stanley hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||21.96|
|Total ESG percentile||31.16|
|Environmental score percentile||2|
|Social score percentile||2|
|Governance score percentile||2|
|Level of controversy||3|
Morgan Stanley share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 26.02% of net profits
Recently Morgan Stanley has paid out, on average, around 26.02% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.83% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Morgan Stanley shareholders could enjoy a 2.83% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Morgan Stanley's case, that would currently equate to about $2.1 per share.
While Morgan Stanley's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Morgan Stanley may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Morgan Stanley's most recent dividend payout was on 14 November 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Morgan Stanley's shares ever split?
Morgan Stanley's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 26 January 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Morgan Stanley shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Morgan Stanley shares which in turn could have impacted Morgan Stanley's share price.
Morgan Stanley share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Morgan Stanley's shares have ranged in value from as little as $65.6231 up to $106.47. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Morgan Stanley's is 1.5195. This would suggest that Morgan Stanley's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Morgan Stanley overview
Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company operates through Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management segments. The Institutional Securities segment offers capital raising and financial advisory services, including services related to the underwriting of debt, equity, and other securities, as well as advice on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, real estate, and project finance. This segment also provides sales and trading services, such as sales, financing, prime brokerage, and market-making services in equity and fixed income products consisting of foreign exchange and commodities; corporate and commercial real estate loans, which provides secured lending facilities and financing for sales and trading customers, as well as asset-backed and mortgage lending; and wealth management services, investment, and research services. The Wealth Management segment offers various financial services and solutions covering brokerage and investment advisory services; financial and wealth planning services; stock plan administration services; annuity and insurance products; securities-based lending, residential real estate loans, and other lending products; and banking and retirement plan services to individual investors and small to medium-sized businesses and institutions. The Investment Management segment provides various investment strategies and products comprising equity, fixed income, liquidity, and alternative/other products to benefit/defined contribution plans, foundations, endowments, government entities, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, and third-party fund sponsors and corporations through institutional and intermediary channels. The company was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Morgan Stanley is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 21.252% of Morgan Stanley shares are held by insiders and 65.639% by institutions. How many people work for Morgan Stanley?
Latest data suggests 74,000 work at Morgan Stanley. When does the fiscal year end for Morgan Stanley?
Morgan Stanley's fiscal year ends in December. Where is Morgan Stanley based?
Morgan Stanley's address is: 1585 Broadway, New York, NY, United States, 10036 What is Morgan Stanley's ISIN number?
Morgan Stanley's international securities identification number is: US6174464486 What is Morgan Stanley's CUSIP number?
Morgan Stanley's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 24240V101
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