Bp Plc trimmed its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 14.6% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 140,000 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 24,000 shares during the quarter. Bp Plc’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $5,552,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in MS. CWM LLC increased its position in Morgan Stanley by 72.6% during the 4th quarter. CWM LLC now owns 799 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $32,000 after purchasing an additional 336 shares in the last quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA increased its position in Morgan Stanley by 63.7% during the 4th quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA now owns 1,002 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $39,000 after purchasing an additional 390 shares in the last quarter. Vigilant Capital Management LLC increased its position in Morgan Stanley by 183.8% during the 4th quarter. Vigilant Capital Management LLC now owns 1,158 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $46,000 after purchasing an additional 750 shares in the last quarter. Signet Investment Advisory Group Inc. acquired a new position in Morgan Stanley during the 4th quarter worth approximately $59,000. Finally, Girard Partners LTD. acquired a new position in Morgan Stanley during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $115,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.67% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on MS shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods lowered shares of Morgan Stanley from an “outperform” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, December 11th. Credit Suisse Group reduced their target price on shares of Morgan Stanley from $62.00 to $58.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, December 7th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 27th. Citigroup raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and reduced their target price for the stock from $50.00 to $48.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 9th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co raised shares of Morgan Stanley to a “buy ms” rating in a report on Thursday, December 20th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $56.38.

In related news, insider Jeffrey S. Brodsky sold 15,565 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, January 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.38, for a total transaction of $675,209.70. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 112,420 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,876,779.60. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 0.19% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

NYSE:MS opened at $41.19 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.67, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a current ratio of 0.80. Morgan Stanley has a 52 week low of $36.74 and a 52 week high of $59.38. The firm has a market capitalization of $70.78 billion, a PE ratio of 8.93, a PEG ratio of 0.71 and a beta of 1.20.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by ($0.17). The company had revenue of $8.55 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.32 billion. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 12.08% and a net margin of 17.43%. The firm’s revenue was down 10.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.84 earnings per share. Equities research analysts forecast that Morgan Stanley will post 4.99 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, January 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.91%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 30th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio is presently 26.03%.

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Morgan Stanley Company 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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