Traders sold shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on strength during trading on Monday following insider selling activity. $122.64 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $193.14 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $70.50 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Morgan Stanley had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Morgan Stanley traded up $0.86 for the day and closed at $39.35Specifically, CFO Jonathan Pruzan sold 44,625 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.90, for a total transaction of $1,512,787.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 210,814 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,146,594.60. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CFO Paul C. Wirth sold 18,929 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.70, for a total transaction of $600,049.30. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 195,748 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,205,211.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.35% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of research firms have recently commented on MS. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 5th. Barclays PLC reissued an “equal weight” rating and set a $32.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Wednesday, October 12th. BMO Capital Markets set a $46.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 20th. UBS AG increased their target price on shares of Morgan Stanley from $32.00 to $34.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 21st. Finally, Vetr downgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $32.18 target price for the company. in a research report on Monday, October 24th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $32.59.

The company’s 50-day moving average price is $33.01 and its 200 day moving average price is $29.41. The firm has a market cap of $74.91 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.08 and a beta of 1.87.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 19th. The financial services provider reported $0.80 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.17. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 7.57% and a net margin of 14.44%. The company had revenue of $8.91 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $8.17 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.34 EPS. Morgan Stanley’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Morgan Stanley will post $2.70 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, November 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 31st were issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.00%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, October 27th. Morgan Stanley’s payout ratio is presently 32.00%.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in MS. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust raised its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 6.4% in the third quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 3,437 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $110,000 after buying an additional 207 shares during the last quarter. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley during the third quarter valued at $110,000. FineMark National Bank & Trust raised its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 2.0% in the second quarter. FineMark National Bank & Trust now owns 4,332 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $113,000 after buying an additional 84 shares during the last quarter. MCF Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 0.6% in the third quarter. MCF Advisors LLC now owns 4,176 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $134,000 after buying an additional 26 shares during the last quarter. Finally, First Manhattan Co. raised its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 2.4% in the third quarter. First Manhattan Co. now owns 4,294 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $137,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. 85.07% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Morgan Stanley Company Profile

Morgan Stanley is a financial holding company. The Company is a global financial services firm that, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, advises, and originates, trades, manages and distributes capital for, governments, institutions and individuals. Its segments include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management.

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