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Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 60738.2. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Morgan Stanley is 31.77 (with a change from open of 1.05%), this in conjunction with a target price of 33.02. Volume today has so far reached 7270600, with an average volume of about 12576.01. The GAP for this stock, is 0.29%.

The P/E ratio is 14.57, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 10.7. The current EPS for Morgan Stanley, is 2.18, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 81.30%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 1.71%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Morgan Stanley, EPS is looking like it will grow 18.66% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 8.55%. Quarter over quarter is -11.50% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -7.40%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 3.40%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 0.10%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.20% and institutional ownership is 62.50%. Shares outstanding is 1911.81, while shares float is at a value of 1473.26. Float short for Morgan Stanley is 1.18% and the short ratio is 1.38.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 2.49, while the total debt/equity comes to 5.42. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is *TBA, and the quick ratio is *TBA. The most recent gross margin is 86.70% and their operating margin is 20.40%. The profit margin is 11.90%.

Morgan Stanley has seen returns on assets of 0.50%, and on investment, 1.50%. Return on equity is 6.10%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 1.7. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 1.74, with Price/book ratio coming to 0.85 and Price/cash is 2.2, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 2.25.

The simple moving averages are 4.53% and 16.60% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -9.47% and the 52 week low is 52.00%.

Morgan Stanley has a dividend yield of 2.52%, with a current price of 31.77. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 27.10%. This is in an industry, Investment Brokerage – National, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Financial. Morgan Stanley is based in USA.

Performance in the Investment Brokerage – National industry means that Morgan Stanley has seen performance for the past week of -0.47%, with performance for the month coming to 1.15%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 26.79%, and for the half year the performance is 4.82%. Volatility for this week is 1.92% and for the month this is 1.99%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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