| Morgan Stanley is a financial holding company. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, Co. advises, and originates, trades, manages and distributes capital for, governments, institutions and individuals. Co.'s segments are: Institutional Securities, which provides investment banking, sales and trading, lending and other services; Wealth Management, which provides investment advisory services, brokerage services, financial and wealth planning services, stock plan administration, annuity and insurance products, residential real estate loans and other lending products, banking, and retirement plan services; and Investment Management, which provides investment strategies and products. |
When researching a stock like Morgan Stanley, many investors are the most familiar with Fundamental Analysis — looking at a company's balance sheet, earnings, revenues, and what's happening in that company's underlying business. Investors who use Fundamental Analysis to identify good stocks to buy or sell can also benefit from MS Technical Analysis to help find a good entry or exit point. Technical Analysis is blind to the fundamentals and looks only at the trading data for MS stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of those ways is to calculate a Simpe Moving Average ("SMA") by looking back a certain number of days. One of the most popular "longer look-backs" is the MS 200 day moving average ("MS 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the MS 50 day moving average ("MS 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Morgan Stanley. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the MS 200 DMA and the MS 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("MS MACD"). The MS MACD chart, in conjunction with the chart of the moving averages, basically helps in visualizing how the moving averages are showing convergence (moving closer together), or divergence (moving farther apart).