American National Registered Investment Advisor Inc. decreased its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 19.9% during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 24,088 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 6,000 shares during the quarter. American National Registered Investment Advisor Inc.’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $1,122,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in MS. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd bought a new position in Morgan Stanley in the 2nd quarter worth about $2,021,000. Westbourne Investment Advisors Inc. grew its position in Morgan Stanley by 28.3% in the 3rd quarter. Westbourne Investment Advisors Inc. now owns 35,205 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,639,000 after purchasing an additional 7,770 shares during the last quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. grew its position in Morgan Stanley by 23.5% in the 2nd quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 56,813 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,693,000 after purchasing an additional 10,807 shares during the last quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co grew its position in Morgan Stanley by 12.0% in the 3rd quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 32,798 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,527,000 after purchasing an additional 3,507 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Private Advisor Group LLC grew its position in Morgan Stanley by 57.9% in the 2nd quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC now owns 27,106 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,292,000 after purchasing an additional 9,939 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 84.01% of the company’s stock.

In other news, major shareholder Stanley Morgan sold 327 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23,000.00, for a total value of $7,521,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.19% of the company’s stock.

Several research firms have commented on MS. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, July 24th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 19th. Citigroup decreased their target price on shares of Morgan Stanley from $58.00 to $56.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, July 20th. Goldman Sachs Group set a $59.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, July 20th. Finally, Societe Generale restated a “$49.85” rating and issued a $56.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Thursday, July 19th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Morgan Stanley presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $58.82.

Morgan Stanley stock opened at $44.30 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.67. The company has a market capitalization of $75.91 billion, a PE ratio of 12.31, a P/E/G ratio of 0.76 and a beta of 1.28. Morgan Stanley has a 12-month low of $42.88 and a 12-month high of $59.38.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 16th. The financial services provider reported $1.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.01 by $0.16. The business had revenue of $9.87 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.55 billion. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 15.93% and a return on equity of 12.51%. The business’s revenue was up 7.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.93 earnings per share. As a group, sell-side analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 4.94 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, October 31st were issued a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.71%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, October 30th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.33%.

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Morgan Stanley Profile

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company operates Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management segments.

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