Digging Up the Facts on Morgan Stanley (MS)

Morgan Stanley (MS) is an interesting player in the Financial space, with a focus on Investment Brokerage – National. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $58.03, down from yesterday’s close by -1.49%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Morgan Stanley (MS) currently trades with a market capitalization of $101.85 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 10.84 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $9.47 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.23 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 1.81% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

No analysis is ever complete without a thorough survey of a stock’s technical behavior. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Morgan Stanley recorded a 52-week high of $59.38. It is now trading 1.35% off that level. The stock is trading $55.29 its 50-day moving average by -2.74%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $40.06.

In recent action, Morgan Stanley (MS) has made a move of +8.61% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 16.68, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 0.89% with $1.37 Billion sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of MS.

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