Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)- Short Call on Analysts Review: Unum Group (NYSE:UNM)

Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) [Trend Analysis] runs in leading trade, it surging 0.35% to traded at $43.01. The firm has price volatility of 2.71% for a week and 2.20% for a month.

The MS held a rough session during the week but was ready to get some critical analysis. The stock was assessed by a pool of analysts at WSJ and came out with some serious outcomes not to be avoided before making investment. The MS ratings chart showed that 13 gave HOLD ratings for the current month as no one analyst opting for Overweight option for same period, whereas, 1 analyst out of pool gave UNDERWEIGHT rating. For stocks’ current month, 13 analysts opted for BUY ratings as compared to 1 opting for SELL in the same period. The stock price target chart showed average price target of 41.13 as compared to current price of 43.01.

Taking look on per share earnings estimates, its next year first quarter current estimate trend for EPS was for $0.85 and on annual basis FY 2016 estimate trends at current was for $2.74 as compared to one month ago of $2.70, and for next year per share earnings estimates have $3.16.

Its beta stands at 1.91 times. Narrow down four to firm performance, its weekly performance was 0.52% and monthly performance was 8.92%. The stock price of MS is moving up from its 20 days moving average with 3.37% and isolated positively from 50 days moving average with 16.64%.

Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) [Trend Analysis] moved up reacts as active mover, shares a gain 2.06% to traded at $44.49 and the percentage gap between open changing to regular change was 0.69%. Lets us look over what analysts have to say about performance of the UNM. Starting with EPS for the final quarter of this year. EPS is usually the indicator of profitability for the company. According to WSJ analysis, the Q4 2016 current estimates trends were for $0.98 as compared to the next year Q1 current trend of $1.00. While on annual basis the current EPS estimates trend for FY 2017 came in for $4.09 as compared to three months ago $4.07.

The stock prices target chart showed high target of 49.00 kept by analysts at WSJ while the average price target was for 41.92 as compared to current price of 44.49. Somehow, the stock managed to gain BUY ratings by 3 analysts in current tenure as 1 analyst having overweight ratings, 9 recommend as HOLD, 1 stands at Underweight and 3 gave it as a SELL security for current period. Overall, the consensus ratings were for Hold by the pool of analysts.

The firm past twelve months price to sales ratio was 0.93 and price to cash ratio remained 116.51. As far as the returns are concern, the return on equity was recorded as 10.10% and return on investment was 8.90% while its return on asset stayed at 1.50%. The firm has total debt to equity ratio measured as 0.32.


About Richard Avery

He is a capital projects manager and process design engineer at a large-cap company. He has renowned MBA degree. Before joining SWR, he was a freelance writer for renounce tech websites. He is currently studying for CFP exam. Interests: Tech stocks, Economic Markets, Blue-chips.

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