Morgan Stanley stock: buy or sell

MS stock price: $79.25 2.54% At close on Apr 21st, 2021

Updated on:
Apr 22nd, 2021


Morgan Stanley stock brief

  • Morgan Stanley closed on Wednesday at $79.25 after exploding a 2.54%.
  • Morgan Stanley released its financial report last Friday
  • Berenberg Bank posted a strong buy rating for Morgan Stanley on Wednesday, forecasting $91.00

Should I buy Morgan Stanley stock?

All successful traders recommend adhering to a trading strategy and not make decisions based on subjective opinions, rumors or feelings. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to pick and when is the best moment to buy them. At, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best

Is $MS stock a buy?

In the current situation of Morgan Stanley there is not any eligible buy setup. This doesn't mean $MS will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems

Should I sell Morgan Stanley stock?

"To sell or not to sell", if you are holding Morgan Stanley stock?. As when we have to buy shares, choosing when is appropiate time to sell is not a whimsy decision, and we must follow our own trading style. Our trading system selects very simple setups to guide us on when is a good time to sell a stock. Be aware that these setups should not be used for shorting $MS stock

As a golden rule, you must never mantain an open trade that produces losses greater than those expected upon purchase. The timing to sell your stock always has to be dictated by the stop-loss (automatic or manual)

Is it time to sell Morgan Stanley stock?

Currently, Morgan Stanley stock doesn't match any of our preferred sell setups, so if you own Morgan Stanley shares and your operation is in profit probably is not time to sell now

Price lost SMA50 level

Morgan Stanley shares were above the 50-day SMA for 3 months and during this time gained a 60.64%. Nevertheless that positive trend may have come to an end, or show some signs of running out, since the price dropped below the sma50 threshold on Tuesday. For medium-term investors who made profits from the stock while the price was over the average, this flag should be a wake-up call and a trigger to sell the stock and take their gains

Morgan Stanley ratings

In the last 30 days, 6 ratings were published for Morgan Stanley. General sentiment is bullish, with 4 out of 6 posting positive outlooks

Morgan Stanley analysts' ratings - Last month
Brokerage firmRating
Apr 1st, 2021
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft BuyNeutral
UBS Group Strong buy
Apr 7th, 2021
Barclays Buy
Apr 20th, 2021
Credit Suisse Group Strong buy
Piper Sandler Neutral
Apr 21st, 2021
Berenberg Bank NeutralStrong buy

Morgan Stanley stock analysis

SMAs overview

MS stock SMAs chart

Supports and resistances

The current resistance levels are:

  • R1: $82.05 (3.53% above)
  • R2: $86.64 (9.32% above)
  • The current support levels are:

  • S1: $77.36 (-2.38% below)
  • S2: $76.00 (-4.10% below)
  • S3: $66.85 (-15.65% below)
  • Bollinger bands

    Since the price broke down the lower band on Tuesday, the price has bounced off by 3.46%. The price is moving near to the upper Bollinger band, signaling some level of overbought in recent sessions. This is not a sell point, as price can trade in these levels for many days and weeks. The price is trading very close to the lower Bollinger band, signaling some level of oversold in recent sessions. This is not a buy point, as price can trade in these levels for many days and weeks

    MS stock Bollinger Bands chart

    Relative strength index

    The RSI dropped below the overbought level of 70 in mid-March after just crossing to the overbough zone for just one day (weak signal). The RSI value on Wednesday was 49.24. Since that level was lost, Morgan Stanley price dropped a 6.04%

    MS stock RSI chart

    Morgan Stanley stock price history

    Morgan Stanley started trading priced at an adjusted price1 of $4.17 on Feb 1993. Since then, MS stock has risen by 1,800.48%, with an average of 64.30% per year. An investment of $1,000USD on the IPO would be valued $19,004.80 nowadays.

    1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits

    MS stock price history chart

    Price target for Morgan Stanley stock

    How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable. Banks and financial organisations post their analysis predicting how a particular stock will performance in the future.

    The following table shows the price predictions released by analysts in the last month. Again, these forecasts are not direct recommendations for small traders and must not be trusted blindly.

    There are 6 price predictions posted for Morgan Stanley that average $90.83. That is a 14.61% than the last price ($79.25).

    Morgan Stanley stock price predictions
    Brokerage firmPrice target
    Apr 1st, 2021
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft $68.00$79.00
    UBS Group $84.00$92.00
    Apr 7th, 2021
    Barclays $95.00$98.00
    Apr 20th, 2021
    Credit Suisse Group $98.00
    Piper Sandler $82.00$87.00
    Apr 21st, 2021
    Berenberg Bank $67.00$91.00

    Earnings and financials

    Morgan Stanley ($MS) came out with earnings of $2.22 per share last Friday, significantly upping the Market consensus estimate of $1.70 per share. This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 30.59%. Forecasted turnover was $14.1 billion but Morgan Stanley beat by 11.56%, reporting $15.7 billion.

    Same quarter one year ago, reported EPS was $1.01, so current EPS means an improvement of 119.80%. Looking at sales, figures exploded a 65.69% compared to $94.9B same quarter 12 months ago.

    Morgan Stanley ($MS) will host the quarterly earnings call next July. Market analysts analysts predict of $1.53, that is a 31.08% lower than previous quarter.

    Morgan Stanley competitors

    Morgan Stanley is classified inside the Financial sector and the Capital Markets industry, where it has industry peers.

    The following are Morgan Stanley most relevant competitors:

    Morgan Stanley competitors
    CompanyMarket capRatingBullish ratings1
    Morgan Stanley ($MS) $156.0B Buy 4
    JP Morgan ($JPM) $468.4B Strong buy 13
    Bank of America ($BAC) $332.4B Buy 5
    Citi ($C) $147.8B Buy 5
    Goldman Sachs ($GS) $118.3B Buy 13
    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (MUFG) $70.3B Neutral 0
    Barclays (BCS) $44.1B Buy 2
    Deutsche Bank (DB) $26.4B Neutral 0

    1 In the last 30 days.

    Morgan Stanley performance

    To better understand Morgan Stanley performance you must compare its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry.. For Morgan Stanley, the benchmark is made against JP Morgan, Bank of America, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial, Barclays and Deutsche Bank.

    MS performance compared
    Morgan Stanley ($MS) -2.30% 6.20% 55.60%
    JP Morgan ($JPM) -1.70% 8.90% 48.90%
    Bank of America ($BAC) 3.60% 20.30% 63.90%
    Citi ($C) -0.90% 12.70% 66.30%
    Goldman Sachs ($GS) -0.70% 15.90% 63.70%
    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (MUFG) -8.00% 13.30% 34.90%
    Barclays (BCS) 2.30% 28.40% 91.70%
    Deutsche Bank (DB) -3.90% 6.40% 24.70%

    The viewpoints published in this article are personal and not recommendations for you to buy or sell stocks. The author of this paper does not have an understanding of the specific conditions of the reader, his or her finances or his or her own best interests at any given time. All users should speak with their financial advisor before buying or selling any securities Viewpoints are posted for education motives only

    Morgan Stanley summary

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
    Day range$76.25 - $79.34
    Previous close$77.29
    Session gain2.54%
    Average true range$2.17
    50d mov avg$79.40
    100d mov avg$73.94
    200d mov avg$62.23
    Earnings dateJuly 15th, 2021

    Frequently asked questions

    What is Morgan Stanley stock symbol?

    Morgan Stanley is a public company trading in the US stock market with the MS symbol

    Is Morgan Stanley stock a buy or sell?

    Morgan Stanley received 6 ratings in the last 30 days: 4 bullish, 0 bearish and 2 neutral.

    Will MS go up?

    Morgan Stanley had different price forecasts issued by market analysts in the last 30 days forecasting the target price to $90.83. That is a 14.61% than the last price ($79.25).