Societe Generale downgraded shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note released on Tuesday, MarketBeat.com reports.

MS has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Credit Suisse Group raised Morgan Stanley from a neutral rating to an outperform rating and lifted their price target for the stock from $49.00 to $54.00 in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $63.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Morgan Stanley from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $56.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Vining Sparks reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co set a $55.00 price target on Morgan Stanley and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, eighteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $53.11.

Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) traded up $0.92 on Tuesday, reaching $55.12. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 9,000,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,970,000. Morgan Stanley has a 12 month low of $40.06 and a 12 month high of $55.14. The company has a current ratio of 0.74, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68. The firm has a market cap of $99,650.00, a PE ratio of 15.23, a P/E/G ratio of 0.90 and a beta of 1.65.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.93 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.12. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 10.07% and a net margin of 16.76%. The company had revenue of $9.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.05 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.80 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 3.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that Morgan Stanley will post 3.58 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider Jeffrey S. Brodsky sold 16,397 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.07, for a total value of $820,997.79. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 111,776 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,596,624.32. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.29, for a total value of $189,766.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 14,218 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $700,805.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 85,247 shares of company stock valued at $4,284,364. Insiders own 0.35% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in MS. Invictus RG increased its stake in Morgan Stanley by 307.5% during the 3rd quarter. Invictus RG now owns 2,335 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 1,762 shares in the last quarter. Rational Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Morgan Stanley during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $116,000. Zions Bancorporation increased its stake in Morgan Stanley by 176.1% during the 3rd quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 2,463 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $119,000 after buying an additional 1,571 shares in the last quarter. WFG Advisors LP increased its stake in Morgan Stanley by 45.4% during the 2nd quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 2,690 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $120,000 after buying an additional 840 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BB&T Investment Services Inc. increased its stake in Morgan Stanley by 163.1% during the 3rd quarter. BB&T Investment Services Inc. now owns 2,655 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $127,000 after buying an additional 1,646 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 85.49% of the company’s stock.

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About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is a financial holding company. The Company’s segments include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management. The Company’s Institutional Securities business segment provides investment banking, sales and trading, and other services to corporations, governments, financial institutions and high-to-ultra high net worth clients.

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