Traders purchased shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on weakness during trading on Tuesday. $174.60 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $109.22 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $65.38 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Morgan Stanley had the 28th highest net in-flow for the day. Morgan Stanley traded down ($0.52) for the day and closed at $54.60

MS has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, December 11th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Monday, November 20th. Buckingham Research increased their price objective on Morgan Stanley from $54.00 to $57.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $63.00 price objective on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised Morgan Stanley to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Thursday, January 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, seventeen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $53.07.

The company has a market cap of $100,070.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.29, a P/E/G ratio of 0.90 and a beta of 1.65. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68, a current ratio of 0.74 and a quick ratio of 0.74.

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

In other Morgan Stanley news, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total value of $1,250,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on 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 sale, the director now directly owns 14,218 shares in the company, valued at $700,805.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 68,850 shares of company stock worth $3,463,367. 0.35% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of MS. Invictus RG lifted its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 307.5% in the third quarter. Invictus RG now owns 2,335 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $112,000 after acquiring an additional 1,762 shares in the last quarter. Rational Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Morgan Stanley in the third quarter valued at approximately $116,000. Zions Bancorporation lifted its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 176.1% in the third quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 2,463 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $119,000 after acquiring an additional 1,571 shares in the last quarter. WFG Advisors LP lifted its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 45.4% in the second quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 2,690 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $120,000 after acquiring an additional 840 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BB&T Investment Services Inc. lifted its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 163.1% in the third quarter. BB&T Investment Services Inc. now owns 2,655 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $127,000 after acquiring an additional 1,646 shares in the last quarter. 85.49% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Morgan Stanley Company Profile

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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