Should You Investigate Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) At US$48.46?

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Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. With many analysts covering the large-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s examine Morgan Stanley’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

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What’s the opportunity in Morgan Stanley?

Morgan Stanley appears to be overvalued by 38.31% at the moment, based on my discounted cash flow valuation. The stock is currently priced at US$48.46 on the market compared to my intrinsic value of $35.04. This means that the buying opportunity has probably disappeared for now. If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Given that Morgan Stanley’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What kind of growth will Morgan Stanley generate?

NYSE:MS Past and Future Earnings, May 1st 2019
NYSE:MS Past and Future Earnings, May 1st 2019
Future outlook is an important aspect when you’re looking at buying a stock, especially if you are an investor looking for growth in your portfolio. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company’s future expectations. However, with a relatively muted profit growth of 3.8% expected over the next couple of years, growth doesn’t seem like a key driver for a buy decision for Morgan Stanley, at least in the short term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? MS’s future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe MS should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on MS for some time, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its true value, which means there’s no upside from mispricing. However, the positive outlook means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Morgan Stanley. You can find everything you need to know about Morgan Stanley in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Morgan Stanley, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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