Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is one of the stocks that are taking the center stage today as the company shares are trading 6.21% or 3.29 points higher from last closing price of $52.94, reaching $56.23 at last check. So what’s going on with MS shares anyway? The price is gaining for the fifth day in a row and has risen in 5 of the last 5 days and is up 24.48% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue increasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on weak volume too with far less shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing weakened by -174,382 shares, and in total 11.157 million shares valued at $627.365 million were seen changing hands compared with 11.332 million shares valued at $599.89 million recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a falling volume on higher prices causes divergence and may be an early warning about possible changes in MS stock for the next couple of days.

Morgan Stanley (MS) shares have notched a 3-month gain of about 24.48%, but has still advanced 3.56% year to date. By comparison, the stock added 23.46% over the past 12 months, while it jumped 5.37% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $85.44B, with its short interest ratio standing at 1.97%.

In the current trading session for MS, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $56.9 and was down as much as $55.65 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $38.76. The 52-week high is now at 5.07 distance from current price. Their recent low of $53.24 represents a 44.33% recovery. This data is quite important for investors who look to benefit from the recent rise of the company’s stock. The price target currently for MS is $57, this is above the recent high that the stock attained. Taking a look at the overall sentimental views of financial analysts, the trading pattern of this stock recently is very clear.

The stock of Morgan Stanley earned $4.68 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of 12.01. You can compare it with that of similar companies in its industry to get a sense of whether the stock you’re looking to purchase is overvalued or undervalued. Its current price to earnings ratio is lower than the ones recorded by the industry which is 21.13 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 16.7. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. MS also has P/S multiple of 1.74. This is greater versus the 12 month P/S ratios of other companies in the same indutry. The peer average price to sales ratio is 1.03x.

MS‘s last price was up 23.63% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $45.48 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $50.37. At present, there are 1.61 billion in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 1.23 billion shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 23.8% while institutions stake was 62.5%. The company has generated positive returns on equity over the last 12 months (10.7%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 70.3% over the past 12 months.

When assessing the full upside of the MS stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 8.8% gain from moving average of $51.68 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 1.34 to the stock. With the beta been greater than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically more volatile than the market, something that the traders definitely are keeping an eye on.

Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of Morgan Stanley — 11 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 4 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 1 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $56.36 on shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), which corresponds to 0.69% upside potential than its current market price of $56.23 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has climbed from $55.73 a month ago and is up handily from the consensus target of $54.92 a quarter ago.

In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly 28%. Though the percentage looks encouraging, extra tailwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will increase annually by 7.51%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 6.3 over the last five years. The company recently recorded an increase of 4.8%, but this figure is rather unattractive.

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