NuWave Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm bought 4,197 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $221,000.

A number of other large investors have also recently modified their holdings of MS. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. increased its stake in Morgan Stanley by 39.0% in the second quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 46,369 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,066,000 after purchasing an additional 13,000 shares during the last quarter. Verition Fund Management LLC increased its stake in Morgan Stanley by 16.8% in the second quarter. Verition Fund Management LLC now owns 7,947 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $354,000 after purchasing an additional 1,142 shares during the last quarter. Colony Group LLC purchased a new position in Morgan Stanley in the second quarter valued at approximately $212,000. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd purchased a new position in Morgan Stanley in the second quarter valued at approximately $714,000. Finally, WFG Advisors LP increased its stake in Morgan Stanley by 45.4% in the second quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 2,690 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $120,000 after purchasing an additional 840 shares during the last quarter. 86.55% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE MS) opened at $53.39 on Wednesday. The company has a current ratio of 0.74, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68. The stock has a market cap of $95,532.84, a P/E ratio of 14.68, a PEG ratio of 0.92 and a beta of 1.54. Morgan Stanley has a 1 year low of $40.06 and a 1 year high of $58.05.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.77 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $9.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates 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 period last year, the firm posted $0.81 earnings per share. research analysts predict that Morgan Stanley will post 4.51 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st will be given a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 30th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.87%. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.36%.

In other news, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total transaction of $1,250,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.29, for a total transaction of $189,766.50. Following the transaction, the director now owns 14,218 shares in the company, valued at $700,805.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.24% of the company’s stock.

Several brokerages have commented on MS. Societe Generale set a $61.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Friday, January 19th. Atlantic Securities upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $61.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. UBS Group upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Morgan Stanley presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $54.07.

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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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