Investors Take A Relaxed Stance Toward Morgan Stanley (MS), STMicroelectronics N.V. (STM) – The RNS Daily

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Over the past 52 weeks Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has embarked on a drop that has seen it decline -13.02% and is now up by 16.22% since start of this year. The equity price rose 2.45% this week, a trend that has led to both investors and traders taking note of the stock. A look at its monthly performance shows that the stock has recorded a 6.35% gain over the past 30 days. Its equity price climbed by 8.47% over the past three months which led to its overall six-month increase to stand at 5.96%.

Experts from research firms are bullish about the near-term performance of Morgan Stanley with most of them predicting a $52.16 price target on a short-term (12 months) basis. The average price target by the analysts will see a 13.19% rise in the stock and would lead to MS’s market cap to surge to $89.19B. The stock has been rated an average 2, which roughly stands towards the bullish end of the spectrum. Reuters looked into the 26 analysts that track Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) and find out that 6 of them rated it as a Hold. 19 of the 20 analysts rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 1 advised investors to desist from buying the stock or sell it if they already possess it.

A look at MS technical analysis shows that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a neutral zone after reaching 67.3 point. Its trading volume has lost -1248918 shares compared to readings over the past three months as it recently exchanged 11661082 shares. This means there is reduced activity from short-term traders as per session, its average trading volume is 12910000 shares, and this is 0.9 times the normal volume.

The price of STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM) currently stands at $17.88 after it went down by $-0.29 or -1.6% and has found a strong support at $17.73 a share. If the STM price drops below that critical support, then it would lead to a bearish trend. In the short-term, a dip below the $17.58 mark would also be bad for the stock as it means that the stock would plunge by 1.68% from its current position. However, if the stock price is able to trade above the resistance point around $18.04, then it could likely surge higher to try and break the upward resistance which stands at $18.2 a share. Its average daily volatility over the past one month stands at 2.25%. The stock has plunged by 0.78% from its 52-weeks high of $17.74 which it reached on Jun. 14, 2018. In general, it is 32.89% above its 52-weeks lowest point which stands at $12 and this setback was observed on Mar. 01, 2019.

Analysts have predicted a price target for STMicroelectronics N.V. (STM) for 1 year and it stands at an average $19.2/share. This means that it would likely increase by 7.38% from its current position. The current price of the stock has been moving between $17.74 and $18.05. Some brokerage firms have a lower target for the stock than the average, with one of them setting a price target as low as $10. On the other hand, one analyst is super bullish about the price, setting a target as high as $25.81.

The STM stock Stochastic Oscillator (%D) is at 92.55%, which means that it is currently overbought and its prices could dip very soon. The shares P/S ratio stands at 1.65 which compares to the 11.85 recorded by the industry or the 24.31 by the wider sector. The stock currently has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 13.52, which is higher than the 12.8 multiple of 12-month price-earnings (P/E). The company’s earnings have gone up, with a quarterly increase rate of 35% over the past five years.

Analysts view STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM) as a Hold, with 2.9 consensus rating. Reuters surveyed 7 analysts that follow STM and found that 3 of those analysts rated the stock as a Hold. The remaining 4 were divided, with 3 analyst rating it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while 1 analysts advised investors to desist from buying STMicroelectronics N.V. (STM) shares or sell it if they already own it.

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