Analysts expect Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) to post earnings of $1.28 per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Two analysts have issued estimates for Morgan Stanley’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $1.22 and the highest is $1.35. Morgan Stanley reported earnings of $1.00 per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 28%. The business is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 18th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Morgan Stanley will report full-year earnings of $4.51 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.29 to $4.80. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $4.91 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.56 to $5.25. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of research analysts that cover Morgan Stanley.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.77 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $9.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.25 billion. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 14.10% and a return on equity of 10.03%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.81 earnings per share.

MS has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $59.00 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Barclays lifted their target price on shares of Morgan Stanley from $52.00 to $62.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Societe Generale cut shares of Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Vining Sparks reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Monday, January 8th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, sixteen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $54.07.

In other Morgan Stanley news, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction on Friday, November 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.29, for a total transaction of $189,766.50. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 14,218 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $700,805.22. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total transaction of $1,250,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.24% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 18.3% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 11,816,768 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $569,213,000 after buying an additional 1,828,697 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 14.2% in the 4th quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 12,643,249 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $663,392,000 after buying an additional 1,569,202 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can grew its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 37.7% in the 4th 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 grew its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 622.8% in the 4th 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. Finally, Bessemer Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 14.6% in the 4th 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. 86.55% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) traded up $0.25 on Friday, reaching $53.68. 4,385,380 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 10,076,497. The company has a market capitalization of $95,910.00, a PE ratio of 17.38, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.90 and a beta of 1.54. The company has a current ratio of 0.74, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68. Morgan Stanley has a 1 year low of $40.06 and a 1 year high of $58.05.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, January 31st will be given a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.86%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 30th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.36%.

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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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