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How to buy Morgan Stanley (MS) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in Morgan Stanley stocks.

Morgan Stanley is a capital markets business based in the US. Morgan Stanley stocks (MS.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $79.01 – an increase of 1.13% over the previous week. Morgan Stanley employs 78,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $57 billion.

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Morgan Stanley stock price (NYSE:MS)

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Morgan Stanley shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-10-02.
Latest market close$80.38
52-week range$71.37 - $107.77
50-day moving average $86.15
200-day moving average $88.19
Wall St. target price$107.15
PE ratio 10.677
Dividend yield $2.875 (3.92%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $7.40

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Is it a good time to buy Morgan Stanley stock?

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Morgan Stanley price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $80.38 from 2022-10-03

1 week (2022-09-23) N/A
1 month (2022-08-31) N/A
3 months (2022-06-30) N/A
6 months (2022-03-31) -8.03%
1 year (2021-10-04) -17.26%
2 years (2020-10-02) 67.56%
3 years (2019-10-04) 97.11%
5 years (2017-10-04) 64.01%

Is Morgan Stanley under- or over-valued?

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 11x. In other words, Morgan Stanley shares trade at around 11x 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 46.1682. 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 $57 billion
Operating margin TTM 37.98%
Gross profit TTM $53.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.17%
Return on equity TTM 12.99%
Profit margin 23.79%
Book value $54.46
Market capitalisation $135.6 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 01/01/2019) 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.

Morgan Stanley share dividends

39%

Dividend payout ratio: 38.85% of net profits

Recently Morgan Stanley has paid out, on average, around 38.85% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.92% 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 3.92% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Morgan Stanley's case, that would currently equate to about $2.875 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 15 August 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 28 July 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Morgan Stanley's shares ever split?

Morgan Stanley's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 27 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 $71.3733 up to $107.7738. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MS.US volatility(beta: 1.37)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

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 1.3684. 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. It 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, and asset-backed and mortgage lending; and wealth management services, investment, and research services. The Wealth Management segment offers financial advisor-led brokerage and investment advisory services; self-directed brokerage services; financial and wealth planning services; workplace services, including stock plan administration; annuity and insurance products; securities-based lending, residential real estate loans, and other lending products; banking; and retirement plan services to individual investors and small to medium-sized businesses and institutions. The Investment Management segment provides 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. Morgan Stanley was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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