In the latest trading session, Morgan Stanley (MS - Free Report) closed at $44.39, marking a -0.27% move from the previous day. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.82% gain on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.79%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.79%.
Coming into today, shares of the investment bank had lost 3.01% in the past month. In that same time, the Finance sector gained 4.07%, while the S&P 500 gained 3.94%.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from MS as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be January 17, 2019. On that day, MS is projected to report earnings of $1 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 19.05%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $9.59 billion, up 1% from the year-ago period.
MS's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $4.94 per share and revenue of $41.15 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +37.22% and +8.46%, respectively.
Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for MS. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.
The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant. MS currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Investors should also note MS's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 9.02. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 12.8, which means MS is trading at a discount to the group.
Investors should also note that MS has a PEG ratio of 0.77 right now. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. The Financial - Investment Bank was holding an average PEG ratio of 0.82 at yesterday's closing price.
The Financial - Investment Bank industry is part of the Finance sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 44, which puts it in the top 17% 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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