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Morgan Stanley (MS) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, Morgan Stanley (MS) closed at $89.46, marking a +1.15% move from the previous day. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.53%. At the same time, the Dow added 1.19%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.14%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the investment bank had lost 1.95% over the past month. This has lagged the Finance sector's loss of 1.54% and was narrower than the S&P 500's loss of 3.1% in that time.

Morgan Stanley will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be October 14, 2022. In that report, analysts expect Morgan Stanley to post earnings of $1.55 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 24.02%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $13.3 billion, down 9.82% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $6.69 per share and revenue of $54.4 billion, which would represent changes of -18.61% and -8.97%, respectively, from the prior year.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for Morgan Stanley. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.05% lower. Morgan Stanley is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Investors should also note Morgan Stanley's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 13.22. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 13.84.

Meanwhile, MS's PEG ratio is currently 1.65. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. MS's industry had an average PEG ratio of 0.92 as of yesterday's close.

The Financial - Investment Bank industry is part of the Finance sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 187, putting it in the bottom 26% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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