Director LUCZO STEPHEN J acquired 25,000 shares of Morgan Stanley [MS]

The buying and selling of stock by a company’s insider give investors a sense that the stock will rise or fall in the future. Morgan Stanley shares valued at $1,982,425 were purchased by LUCZO STEPHEN J on May 12. At $79.30 per share, LUCZO STEPHEN J acquired 25,000 shares. The insider’s holdings grew to 179,449 shares worth approximately $16.39 million following the completion of this transaction.


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Also, SAPERSTEIN ANDREW M sold 17,162 shares, netting a total of over 1,813,998 in proceeds. Following the sale of shares at $105.70 each, the insider now holds 179,414 shares.

Before that, Hotsuki Keishi had sold 24,500 shares from its account. In a trade valued at $2,572,500, the Chief Risk Officer traded Morgan Stanley shares for $105.00 each. Upon closing the transaction, the insider’s holdings decreased to 24,500 shares, worth approximately $24.75 million.

As published in a research note from Oppenheimer on May 03, 2022, Morgan Stanley [MS] has been rated up from a Perform to an Outperform and the price target has been revised to $111. This represents a 17.7% premium over Wednesday’s closing price. Analysts at Odeon downgraded the stock from ‘”a Buy”‘ to ‘”a Hold”‘ outlook in a report released in late January. As of December 03, 2021, Citigroup has increased its “Neutral” rating to a “Buy” for MS. Earlier on October 15, 2021, RBC Capital Mkts downgraded its rating. Their new recommendation was “a Sector perform” for MS stock which previously was a “an Outperform”.

Analyzing MS’s Price Performance

On Wednesday, Morgan Stanley [NYSE: MS] plunged -0.51% to $91.35. The stock’s lowest price that day was $90.35, but it reached a high of $91.83 in the same session. During the last five days, there has been a surge of approximately 2.77%. Over the course of the year, Morgan Stanley shares have dropped approximately -6.94%. Shares of the company reached a 52-week high of $109.73 on 02/10/22 and a 52-week low of $72.05 on 07/14/22. A 50-day SMA is recorded $80.71, while a 200-day SMA reached $90.26. Nevertheless, trading volume fell to 5.47 million shares from 5.95 million shares the previous day.

Support And Resistance Levels for Morgan Stanley (MS)

According to the 24-hour chart, there is a support level at 90.52, which, if violated, would cause prices to drop to 89.70. In the upper region, resistance lies at 92.00. The next price resistance is at 92.66. RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 75.26 on the 14-day chart, showing overbought technical sentiment. Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is at 4.10, which suggests the price will increase in the coming days. Percent R is at 10.08%, indicating bullish price movement. Stochastics %K at selling indicates that the stock is to be held.

Is Morgan Stanley subject to short interest?

Stocks of Morgan Stanley saw a sharp steep in short interest on Jul 14, 2022 dropping by -2.17 million shares to 15.81 million. Data from Yahoo Finance shows that the short interest on Jun 14, 2022 was 17.98 million shares. A decline of -13.73% in short interest reflects a negative sentiment towards the stock. Despite the fact that short shares comprise just 1.81 of the overall float, the days-to-cover ratio (short ratio) decline to 1.81.

Which companies own the most shares of Morgan Stanley (MS)?

According to SSgA Funds Management, Inc. filings, the company currently owns 130,449,037 shares, which is about 7.46% of the total MS shares outstanding. The investor’s shares have plunged by -71,118 from its previous 13-F filing of 130520155.0 shares. With the completion of the sale transaction, The Vanguard Group, Inc.’s stake is now worth $9,582,654,132. BlackRock Fund Advisors reduced a -5.15% interest valued at $5.24 billion while Wellington Management Co. LLP sold a -4,591,480 stake. A total of 711,381 shares of Morgan Stanley were sold by JPMorgan Investment Management, I during the quarter, and 13,367,310 were bought by Capital Research & Management Co. In its current portfolio, Fidelity Management & Research Co holds 24,023,354 shares valued at $2.03 billion.

In terms of Morgan Stanley share price expectations, FactSet research, analysts set an average price target of $94.83 in the next 12 months, up nearly 5.1% from the previous closing price of $91.82. Analysts anticipate Morgan Stanley stock to reach $108.00 by 2022, with the lowest price target being $79.30. In spite of this, 28 analysts ranked Morgan Stanley stock as an Overweight at the end of 2022. On October 04, 2021, Jefferies assigned a price target of “a Buy” to the stock and reiterated coverage with a $119.

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