Factors That Make Morgan Stanley (MS) Bargain-Priced

The price of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) stock ended December 03, 2019 trading at $48.11 which saw downtrend of 21.34% since the beginning of 2019. For most investors, the -1.98% rally in the share price could have prompted them to sell the stock, but doing that would be a mistake as it would be taking into consideration only the short-term performance of the stock.

A look at the MS stock today shows that it has gained 8.38% of its value over the past one year, which has led to some investors becoming excited about the short-term performance of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). If we turn to the stock analysts in general, they revealed that most of them are still bullish about the chances of the shares. The consensus rating from analysts for Morgan Stanley (MS) is 2 which is a buy rating. Over the past week, the stock has been rated as a Buy 7 times while it has been rated as a Hold 2 times. The 52-week high price for MS is $49.98 which is attained on November 25 while its 52-week low currently stands at $36.74 and was reached on December 24. At the moment, the stock is trading $4.4 above its YTD moving average set at $43.71.

Moving on, Morgan Stanley (MS) last released its earnings for the September 2019 quarter of the fiscal year. The company performed lower over the past three months, with its earnings down -3% year-over-year at $1.21. The company brought a surprise of 10 as analysts were predicting $1.1 per share. The revenue generated by Morgan Stanley in the September 2019 quarter surged by 2% to reach $10.03 billion. This is low compared to the $9.87 billion it recorded in the same quarter last year. To see what traders should watch in its December 2019 financial results, analysts have consensus earnings per share of $1 which is higher than the $0.73 recorded in the same quarter a year ago. Over the next 12 months, the earnings per share are expected to move by 3.42%. If it achieves that, then the company firmly believes that its long-term annual earnings growth rate target set at 7.99 % could be achieved. The company has also recorded a revenue of $52.12 billion over the past 12 months.

In order to determine if the stock is worthy of your patience, you should know that Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is now trading at 10.27X the earnings per share recorded over the past 12 months. This is a downtrend compared to the readings of the sector which is 16.54X while the industry average stands at 21.09X. The most popular way to value a stock is to look at its historic Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio with the help of its earnings report over the past 12 months. Morgan Stanley was able to achieve an EPS of $4.68 during the last four quarters. The P/E ratio is widely known due to the fact that it is widely used, simple, effective, and, tautologically.

On Tuesday, December 03 of 2019, the 14-day Absolute ATR (Average True Range) for MS moved by $0.8. Over the past seven days, the stock’s average daily volatility stood at 1.43%. A stock with a low volatility is usually a good one as it means that investors are very confident in the stock. Morgan Stanley’s trading volume has recently moved to 12.2 million, which is compared with the average daily volume of 9.41 million shares.

The daily chart for MS, points out that the company has recorded 13.39% gains over the past six months. However, it is still 30.95% higher than its most recent low trading price. The performance of the stock over the past five days shows that it is down -3.7% though it is -1.95% below its three-week moving average. It is worthy to know that price action is not always clear. There are times when a stock will undergo some negatives, trade erratically within some range or even act very unpredictable. When that happens, then making use of moving averages makes the pattern clearer for traders. Comparing to 50-day SMA, the price of the stock has surged by 5.43% while it is up 9.42% against the 200-day SMA. This is usually seen as the last support line for a stock, as a move downward could signal a bearish trend or market. The daily chart of MS reveals that it has gained some grounds as it ended Tuesday with a 1.65% rise over the past 30 days.