| 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 brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning services, stock plan administration services, 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. We show 42 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our coverage of MS's shares outstanding history.|
Understanding the changing numbers of MS shares outstanding — and
comprehending the concept of differing number of shares outstanding in general comparing companies like MS versus peers —
is critical for investors. Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies.
Furthermore, via issuance of new shares over time, or the repurchase of existing shares, the number of shares outstanding can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching MS by allowing them to research MS shares outstanding history
as well as any other stock in our coverage universe.