Is Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) a Long Term Growth Play?

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has been recommended as a long term growth pick according to Beta Research.  With their stock price currently trading around $49.49, the firm has proven a solid track record of growth over the past few years.  Investors might consider the stock as a long term growth candidate as the firm has yielded 18.10% earnings per share growth over the past 5 years and -0.60% revenue growth over that same time frame. 

Recent Performance

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Over the past twelve months, Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)’s stock was 17.14%.  Over the last week of the month, it was 0.43%, 10.08% over the last quarter, and  19.02% for the past six months. 

Over the past 50 days, Morgan Stanley’s stock is -1.30% off of the high and 12.89% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are as follows: -1.30% (High), 59.85%, (Low). 

Analyst Recommendation

Despite the past success, investors want to know where the stock is headed from here.  Analysts covering the shares have a consensus short-term price target of $50.21 on the equity.   Analysts have a consensus recommendation of 2.40 based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.  

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