Actinver Wealth Management Inc. bought a new stake in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund bought 14,531 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $648,000.

Other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. ValueAct Holdings L.P. grew its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 26.0% in the fourth quarter. ValueAct Holdings L.P. now owns 26,228,561 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,039,962,000 after buying an additional 5,418,091 shares in the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC grew its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 6.0% in the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 16,970,026 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $671,686,000 after buying an additional 956,583 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp grew its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 3.2% in the fourth quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 15,267,378 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $605,353,000 after buying an additional 476,018 shares in the last quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund grew its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 4,072.2% in the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 13,548,246 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $342,000 after buying an additional 13,223,517 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 9.3% in the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 12,572,416 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $498,496,000 after buying an additional 1,070,385 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 84.97% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE MS opened at $41.93 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $71.56 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.10, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 1.19. The company has a quick ratio of 0.81, a current ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.60. Morgan Stanley has a 1 year low of $36.74 and a 1 year high of $55.64.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, January 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.73 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by ($0.17). Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 17.43% and a return on equity of 12.02%. The firm had revenue of $8.55 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.32 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.84 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 10.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Morgan Stanley will post 4.8 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on MS. Oppenheimer lifted their price objective on Morgan Stanley from $60.00 to $61.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research raised Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday, December 6th. ValuEngine raised Morgan Stanley from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, March 15th. Barclays lowered their target price on Morgan Stanley from $63.00 to $55.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Wednesday, February 20th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $56.19.

In other Morgan Stanley news, insider Jeffrey S. Brodsky sold 15,565 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.38, for a total transaction of $675,209.70. Following the completion of the sale, 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 SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Paul C. Wirth sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.40, for a total value of $1,060,000.00. Following the sale, 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. 0.19% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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

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