Morgan Stanley stock: buy or sell

MS stock price: $74.13 -0.76% At close on Jan 22nd, 2021

Updated on:
Jan 25th, 2021


Morgan Stanley stock brief

  • Morgan Stanley slightly changed a -0.76% after reaching all-time highs last Wednesday
  • Morgan Stanley dropped a -1.48% in 5 consecutive sessions in negative
  • Last Wednesday, Morgan Stanley posted its Q4 financial report
  • Price is drawing a scaled uptrend since September 2020 with higher tops and higher bottoms. This rally marked a 62.85% gain
  • Barclays, DA Davidson and Royal Bank of Canada posted bullish ratings for Morgan Stanley last Thursday, with an average target of $87.67

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?

Currently, Morgan Stanley stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy now. 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?

When you are a novel trader and you own a stock with some profit, it's really difficult to decide the best moment to sell and get your benefits. Similarly to when we have to buy shares, determining when is the best time to sell is not a whimsy decision, and we must adhere our own trading strategy. When selling, as well as buying, detailed setups are very simple to use but are only valid for selling stocks in your porfolio, not for shorting Morgan Stanley stock

As a golden rule, you should not hold a trade that leads to higher than expected losses at the time of the buy. When to sell shares should always 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 stock and your operation is in profit probably is not time to sell now

Morgan Stanley ratings

In the last 30 days, 8 analyst ratings were published for Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley analysts' ratings - Last 30 days
Brokerage firmRating
Jan 4th, 2021
Jan 6th, 2021
Daiwa Capital Markets Neutral
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft Neutral
Jan 11th, 2021
Piper Sandler Neutral
Jan 20th, 2021
BMO Capital Markets Buy
Jan 21st, 2021
Barclays Buy
DA Davidson Strong buy
Royal Bank of Canada Buy

Morgan Stanley stock analysis

Since in September 2020, Morgan Stanley has been drawing an uptrend that by now marked an amazing 62.85%. The price line shows higher highs and lows, and along the way provided very few entry points for those who wanted to invest. Latest pullback was last October, when price bounced at $46.55. Like in all uptrends, price needs to take breath and currently price is moving in a range between $77.76 and $46.55

$MS at All-time Highs

Last Wednesday, Morgan Stanley hit all-time highs (ATH) again at $77.76

SMAs overview

MS stock SMAs chart

Supports and resistances

The current resistance levels are:

  • R1: $77.76 (4.90% above)
  • The current supports are:

  • S1: $58.86 (-20.60% below)
  • S2: $57.63 (-22.26% below)
  • S3: $56.59 (-23.66% below)
  • Bollinger bands

    Since the price surpassed the upper band on January 11, the price has been corrected downwards by 3.10%

    MS stock Bollinger Bands chart

    Relative strength index

    The RSI dropped below the overbought level of 70 last Thursday after just crossing to the overbough zone for just one day (weak signal). The RSI value last Friday was 66.06

    MS stock RSI chart

    Morgan Stanley stock price history

    Morgan Stanley started trading on Feb 23rd, 1993 priced at $3.96 per share1. Since then, MS stock surged by 1,771.97%, with an average of 65.63% per year. An investment of thousand dollars on Feb 1993 would have a value of $18,719.70 nowadays.

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

    MS stock price history chart

    Price target for Morgan Stanley stock

    Nobody can predict how much a share will be priced tomorrow. However, many stock price forecasts are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts.

    Along with buy or sell recommendations, financial institutions publish their price estimates based on the stock price action and the company fundamental data. Most of these estimates follow the release of new fundamental information by the company, and usually. Again, these predictions are not direct recommendations for individual traders and must not be followed blindly.

    Averaging all price targets exposed below, the forecasted price for Morgan Stanley stock is $80.88. Morgan Stanley closed at $74.13 last Friday, that is a 8.35% than the target price.

    Morgan Stanley stock price predictions
    Brokerage firmPrice target
    Jan 4th, 2021
    Barclays $88.00
    Jan 6th, 2021
    Daiwa Capital Markets $71.00
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft $53.00$68.00
    Jan 11th, 2021
    Piper Sandler $54.00$76.00
    Jan 20th, 2021
    BMO Capital Markets $78.00$81.00
    Jan 21st, 2021
    Barclays $88.00$95.00
    DA Davidson $80.00$90.00
    Royal Bank of Canada $55.00$78.00

    Earnings and financials

    Morgan Stanley ($MS) reported earnings of $1.92 per share last Wednesday, strongly uplifting the analysts consensus estimate of $1.27 per share. This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 51.18%. Revenue was $13.6 billion versus $11.5 billion forecasted by market consensus.

    This compares to Earnings of $1.30 per share same quarter last year, so posted EPS is an increase of 47.69%. Looking at sales, figures exploded a 25.63% compared to $108.6B same quarter last year.

    Morgan Stanley ($MS) is posting Q1 financial report next April. Analysts predict of $1.48, that is a 22.92% less than Q4.

    Morgan Stanley performance

    MS performance compared
    Morgan Stanley ($MS) 8.60% 48.10% 48.70%

    Please read:
    The thoughts contained in this article are personal and not recommendations for you to buy or sell stocks. The author of this document does not have any knowledge of the specific conditions of the reader, his or her own finances or what is in his or her best interest at any given time. All users should speak with their financial advisor before buying or selling any securities Opinions are expressed for educative motives only

    Morgan Stanley summary

    Friday, January 22nd, 2021
    Day range$72.41 - $74.7
    Previous close$74.7
    Session gain-0.76%
    Average true range$2.74
    50d mov avg$65.98
    100d mov avg$57.78
    200d mov avg$51.54
    Earnings dateApril 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 8 ratings in the last 30 days: 4 bullish, 0 bearish and 3 neutral.

    Will MS go up?

    Morgan Stanley had different price predictions issued by market analysts in the last month setting the target price to $80.88. That is a 9.11% than the current price ($74.13).