Affinity Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor bought 272,569 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $14,302,000. Morgan Stanley accounts for about 1.6% of Affinity Investment Advisors LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 21st biggest holding.

Several other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in MS. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 18.3% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 11,816,768 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $569,213,000 after purchasing an additional 1,828,697 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 37.7% during the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 5,594,220 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $293,527,000 after buying an additional 1,532,991 shares during the period. DSAM Partners London Ltd increased its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 622.8% during the fourth quarter. DSAM Partners London Ltd now owns 791,331 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $41,521,000 after buying an additional 681,856 shares during the period. Bessemer Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 14.6% during the fourth quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 5,186,989 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $272,163,000 after buying an additional 660,646 shares during the period. Finally, Jennison Associates LLC increased its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 22.2% during the fourth quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 3,618,514 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $189,863,000 after buying an additional 656,494 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.63% of the company’s stock.

In other Morgan Stanley 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 SEC, which is available at 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 in the company, valued at approximately $700,805.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.35% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on MS shares. Oppenheimer restated a “hold” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “top pick” rating and set a $69.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Buckingham Research raised their price target on Morgan Stanley from $54.00 to $57.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Barclays raised their price target on Morgan Stanley from $48.00 to $52.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, sixteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $54.07.

Morgan Stanley (MS) opened at $51.79 on Friday. Morgan Stanley has a 52 week low of $40.06 and a 52 week high of $58.05. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68. The stock has a market capitalization of $93,630.00, a PE ratio of 16.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.94 and a beta of 1.54.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.07. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 10.03% and a net margin of 14.10%. The company had revenue of $9.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.25 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.81 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Morgan Stanley will post 4.51 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st will be paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 30th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.93%. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.36%.

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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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