Morgan Stanley (MS) stock slips, “Buy” rating reiterated by BMO Capital Markets Analysts

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) shares fell on Tuesday Nov 29 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at BMO Capital Markets in a research note to investors. BMO Capital Markets currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $35.96 is less than the opening price of $40.44, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Morgan Stanley stock has a high of $41.20. Typically, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) opened at $40.44 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $40.29 and $40.69, and last traded at $40.38, a dip of $0.06 per share or -0.15% from the previous closing price.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) currently has a market cap of 75.62B.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) Average Daily Trading Volume

862,788 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal, out of a total float 1,336,108,000. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) have ranged from $21.16 – 41.2000, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $35.45 and 200-day MA of $30.45. Today’s last price is 2.00%% lower than the 52 week high of $41.20.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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