Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) declared a quarterly dividend on Thursday, January 18th, RTT News reports. Investors of record on Wednesday, January 31st will be paid a dividend of 0.25 per share by the financial services provider on Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.79%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 30th.

Morgan Stanley has raised its dividend by an average of 37.0% annually over the last three years and has raised its dividend annually for the last 4 consecutive years. Morgan Stanley has a dividend payout ratio of 27.9% indicating that its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Analysts expect Morgan Stanley to earn $4.23 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $1.00 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 23.6%.

Morgan Stanley (MS) opened at $55.84 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68. Morgan Stanley has a one year low of $40.06 and a one year high of $55.99. The company has a market cap of $100,067.21, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.47, a P/E/G ratio of 0.92 and a beta of 1.65.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $9.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.25 billion. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 16.76% and a return on equity of 10.07%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.81 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 3.58 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total value of $1,250,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, President Thomas Colm Kelleher sold 40,000 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.59, for a total value of $2,023,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the president now directly owns 692,037 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $35,010,151.83. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 68,850 shares of company stock worth $3,463,367. Company insiders own 0.35% of the company’s stock.

MS has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, December 11th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Monday, November 20th. Buckingham Research lifted their price target on shares of 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 reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $63.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target on the stock in a report on Thursday, January 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, seventeen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Morgan Stanley presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $53.26.

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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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