Investors bought shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on weakness during trading on Monday. $157.25 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $68.58 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $88.67 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Morgan Stanley had the 6th highest net in-flow for the day. Morgan Stanley traded down ($0.61) for the day and closed at $46.08

Several research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Oppenheimer raised their price objective on shares of Morgan Stanley from $60.00 to $61.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, March 11th. HSBC set a $48.00 price objective on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, April 4th. Citigroup raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and decreased their price objective for the stock from $50.00 to $48.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 9th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, March 15th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. Morgan Stanley presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $55.81.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.60, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a current ratio of 0.81. The company has a market cap of $75.56 billion, a PE ratio of 10.00, a PEG ratio of 1.10 and a beta of 1.19.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, January 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.90 by ($0.17). The firm had revenue of $8.55 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.32 billion. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 17.43% and a return on equity of 12.02%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 10.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.84 earnings per share. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 4.71 EPS for the current year.

In other Morgan Stanley news, insider Jeffrey S. Brodsky sold 15,565 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.38, for a total transaction of $675,209.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 112,420 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,876,779.60. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO Paul C. Wirth sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.40, for a total transaction of $1,060,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 169,031 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,166,914.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.19% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MS. ValueAct Holdings L.P. raised its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 26.0% during the 4th quarter. ValueAct Holdings L.P. now owns 26,228,561 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,039,962,000 after buying an additional 5,418,091 shares in the last quarter. Norges Bank bought a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley in the 4th quarter worth approximately $676,319,000. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 6.0% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 16,970,026 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $671,686,000 after purchasing an additional 956,583 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp raised its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 3.2% in the 4th quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 15,267,378 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $605,353,000 after purchasing an additional 476,018 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund raised its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 4,072.2% in the 4th quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 13,548,246 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $342,000 after purchasing an additional 13,223,517 shares in the last quarter. 84.97% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Morgan Stanley Company Profile (NYSE:MS)

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 through Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management segments.

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