Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) and Global Arena (OTCMKTS:GAHC) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Morgan Stanley and Global Arena’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Morgan Stanley $53.82 billion 1.68 $9.04 billion $4.98 11.23
Global Arena $720,000.00 3.29 $7.92 million N/A N/A

Morgan Stanley has higher revenue and earnings than Global Arena.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Morgan Stanley and Global Arena, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Morgan Stanley 0 6 10 0 2.63
Global Arena 0 0 0 0 N/A

Morgan Stanley currently has a consensus price target of $56.42, suggesting a potential upside of 0.71%. Given Morgan Stanley’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Morgan Stanley is more favorable than Global Arena.

Profitability

This table compares Morgan Stanley and Global Arena’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Morgan Stanley 16.80% 11.70% 0.98%
Global Arena 29.67% -3.04% 23.98%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.9% of Morgan Stanley shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Morgan Stanley shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Global Arena shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Morgan Stanley has a beta of 1.34, indicating that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Arena has a beta of 3.27, indicating that its share price is 227% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Morgan Stanley beats Global Arena on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company operates through Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management segments. The Institutional Securities segment offers capital raising and financial advisory services, including services related to the underwriting of debt, equity, and other securities, as well as advice on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, real estate, and project finance. This segment also provides sales and trading services, such as sales, financing, prime brokerage, and market-making services in equity and fixed income products consisting of foreign exchange and commodities; corporate loans, commercial mortgage lending, and asset-backed lending; financing for sales and trading customers; and investment and research services. The Wealth Management segment offers various financial services and solutions covering brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning services, annuity and insurance products, securities-based lending, residential real estate loans and other lending products, and banking and retirement plan services to individual investors and small to medium-sized businesses and institutions. The Investment Management segment provides various investment strategies and products comprising equity, fixed income, liquidity, and alternative/other products to defined benefit/defined contribution plans, foundations, endowments, government entities, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, and third-party fund sponsors and corporations through a network of institutional and intermediary channels. Morgan Stanley was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Global Arena

Global Arena Holding Inc., through its subsidiary, Global Election Services, Inc., provides technology-enabled election services primarily for organized labor associations in the United States. The company is based in New York, New York.

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