Morgan Stanley (MS:NYE) Analysts rate as a Buy, $98 target

Barclays maintains Morgan Stanley’s overweight rating; targets are down from $123 to $108.
Oppenheimer Holdings maintains outperform rating, targets down from $97 to $93
BMO Financial maintains an outperform rating but targets down from $105 to $99

Based on the Morgan Stanley stock forecast from 11 analysts, the average analyst target price for Morgan Stanley stock forecast is USD 98.57 over the next 12 months. Morgan Stanley stock forecast shows an average analyst rating of Buy. Stock Target Advisor’s own stock analysis of Morgan Stanley stock forecast is Slightly Bearish, based on 5 positives and 7 negative signals. At the last closing, Morgan Stanley’s stock price was USD 78.05. Morgan Stanley’s stock price has changed by +1.32% over the past week, +4.10% over the past month and -14.47% over the last year.

Financial holding company Morgan Stanley offers a wide range of financial goods and services to businesses, governments, financial institutions, and private citizens across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The segments responsible for its operations are Investment Management, Wealth Management, and Institutional Securities. The corporate headquarters of Morgan Stanley are in New York, where it was established in 1924.

 

What we like:

High market capitalization

This is one of the largest entities in its sector and is among the top quartile. Such companies tend to be more stable.

Superior risk-adjusted returns

This stock has performed well, on a risk-adjusted basis, compared to its sector peers (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.

High dividend returns

The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual dividend returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile. This can be a good buy, especially if it is outperforming on a total return basis, for investors seeking high income yields.

Positive cash flow

The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Superior Dividend Growth

This stock has shown top quartile dividend growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector

 

What we don’t like:

High volatility

The total returns for this company are volatile and above the median for its sector over the past 5 years. Make sure you have the risk tolerance for investing in such stock.

Overpriced compared to earnings

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price-to-earnings basis and is above the sector median.

Poor return on equity

The company management has delivered below median return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.

Poor capital utilization

The company management has delivered below median return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.

Poor return on assets

The company management has delivered below median return on assets in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.

Highly leveraged

The company is in the bottom half compared to its sector peers on debt to equity and is highly leveraged. However, do check the news and look at its sector and management statements. Sometimes this is high because the company is trying to grow aggressively.

Low Earnings Growth

This stock has shown below median earnings growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector