Morgan Stanley (MS) Gets a Buy Rating from UBS

By Jason Carr

UBS analyst Brennan Hawken maintained a Buy rating on Morgan Stanley (MSResearch Report) today and set a price target of $40.00. The company’s shares closed last Monday at $34.72.

According to, Hawken is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 10.4% and a 60.6% success rate. Hawken covers the Financial sector, focusing on stocks such as E*Trade Financial, Evercore Partners, and Houlihan Lokey.

The word on The Street in general, suggests a Moderate Buy analyst consensus rating for Morgan Stanley with a $56.08 average price target, implying a 65.4% upside from current levels. In a report issued on March 13, Goldman Sachs also upgraded the stock to Buy with a $43.00 price target.

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Morgan Stanley’s market cap is currently $50.91B and has a P/E ratio of 5.40. The company has a Price to Book ratio of 0.67.

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Morgan Stanley operates as a global financial services company. The firm provides investment banking products and services to its clients and customers including corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals. It operates through the following business segments: Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management. The Institutional Services segment provides financial advisory, capital-raising services, and related financing services on behalf of institutional investors. The Wealth Management segment offers brokerage and investment advisory services covering various types of investments, including equities, options, futures, foreign currencies, precious metals, fixed-income securities, mutual funds, structured products, alternative investments, unit investment trusts, managed futures, separately managed accounts, and mutual fund asset allocation programs. The Investment Management segment provides equity, fixed income, alternative investments, real estate, and merchant banking strategies. The company was founded by Harold Stanley and Henry S. Morgan on September 16, 1935 and is headquartered in New York, NY.