How to buy Morgan Stanley (MS) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Morgan Stanley shares.

Morgan Stanley (MS) is a leading capital markets business based in the US. In the week up to 18 January Morgan Stanley shares plunged 11.24% to a closing position of $94.01. However, over the last 12 months, Morgan Stanley's share price has risen by 32.78% from $74.13. Morgan Stanley is listed on the NYSE and employs 74,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Morgan Stanley

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: MS in this case.
  5. Research Morgan Stanley shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Morgan Stanley shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

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Morgan Stanley share price (NYSE:MS)

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Is it a good time to buy Morgan Stanley stock?

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Is Morgan Stanley under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

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.

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. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value given the current rate of growth.

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.

How has coronavirus impacted Morgan Stanley's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Morgan Stanley's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $98.86, which is 46.98% up on its pre-crash value of $52.42 and 263.46% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $27.2.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Morgan Stanley shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $528.67 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,879.33.

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.

Total ESG risk score

Morgan Stanley's 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.).

Environmental score

Morgan Stanley's 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.

Social score

Morgan Stanley's 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.

Governance score

Morgan Stanley's 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.

Controversy score

Morgan Stanley's controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, 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

Morgan Stanley was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 21.96
Total ESG percentile 31.16
Environmental score 2.31
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 10.97
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 7.68
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 3

Morgan Stanley shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-10.
Open$100.94
High$100.98
Low$98.38
Close$98.43
Previous close$100.58
Change$-2.15
Change %-2.1376%
Volume8,714,319
Information last updated 2022-01-17.
52-week range$65.6231 - $106.47
50-day moving average$99.6714
200-day moving average$95.3413
Wall St. target price$112.33
PE ratio12.6251
Dividend yield$2.1 (2.83%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$7.832

Do Morgan Stanley shares pay dividends?

2.8%

Dividend yield: 2.83% of stock value

2.8%

Forward annual dividend yield: 2.83% of stock value

26.0%

Dividend payout ratio: 26.02% of net profits

Morgan Stanley has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.83% of its share value annually.

Morgan Stanley has paid out, on average, around 26.02% of recent 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), 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 it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Morgan Stanley's most recent dividend payout was on 15 November 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 28 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

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".

MS.US volatility(beta: 1.52)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 1.5195. 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).

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