The Morgan Stanley (MS) COO James A. Rosenthal Sells 66500 Shares

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Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) reported its EPS in the last quarter as $0.93/Share beating the analyst estimate of $0.81/Share by a difference of $0.12. The firm owned 108,683 shares of the financial services provider's stock after buying an additional 2,548 shares during the quarter.

Short traders are feeling a little more bearish on shares of Morgan Stanley of late if you take a look at the change in short interest. The institutional investor held 1.42 million shares of the investment bankers and brokers and service company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $63.42M, up from 1.27M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Wedge Mngmt L LP Nc has invested 0.3% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Short shares increased 511,980 over that period. Omnia Family Wealth LLC grew its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 5.8% during the 2nd quarter. Finally, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Fund during the third quarter valued at approximately $190,000. IPG Investment Advisors LLC now owns 12,800 shares of the financial services provider's stock worth $548,000 after purchasing an additional 7,650 shares during the period. Finally, Smithfield Trust Co. grew its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter.

In the market the company is trading down from yesterday's close of 48.76. Atalanta Sosnoff Capital Llc bought 154,233 shares as the company's stock declined 9.43% while stock markets rallied. Morgan Stanley has a 52 week low of $38.40 and a 52 week high of $51.52. The firm has a market cap of $88,153.16, a PE ratio of 13.51, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 1.66. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68, a current ratio of 0.74 and a quick ratio of 0.74.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) closed its last session at $48.76.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) gross margin percentage stands at 78.1% while its operating margin for the past trailing twelve month is 23.9 percent and its overall profit margin (ttm) is 15.6 Percent. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.80 EPS. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. At present, the PEG is valued at 0.93 alongside the P/S ratio of 2.07 and P/B ratio of 1.23. The firm has "Hold" rating given on Thursday, October 13 by HSBC. Morgan Stanley's dividend payout ratio is now 27.70%. Morgan Stanley reported 0% in Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Fund Inc (NYSE:MSF). If you are reading this story on another website, it was stolen and republished in violation of U.S. and global trademark and copyright laws. The legal version of this article can be accessed at https://stocknewstimes.com/2017/11/14/victory-capital-management-inc-reduces-holdings-in-morgan-stanley-ms.html.

The company's stock is now moving with a +ve distance from the 200 day SMA of approximately 7.18%, and has a solid year to date (YTD) performance of 15.41% which means that the stock is constantly adding to its value from the previous fiscal year end price. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link.

In other news, President Thomas Colm Kelleher sold 40,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.59, for a total value of $2,023,600.00. Following the sale, the president now owns 692,037 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $35,010,151.83. 0 analysts gave its stock an Outperform rating. Vetr raised Morgan Stanley from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating and set a $26.38 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 13th. ValuEngine downgraded Morgan Stanley from a "strong-buy" rating to a "buy" rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st.

The stock of Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Fund Inc (MSF) formed an up wedge with $19.02 target or 9.00 % above today's $17.45 share price. Morgan Stanley had 82 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On October 17, 2017 Oppenheimer Holdings maintained a "Hold" rating on the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, seventeen have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average target price of $50.39.

Indicating how profitable Morgan Stanley NYSE is relative to its assets, the ROA value is displayed at 0.80%.

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