Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp lifted its position in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 17.8% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 247,300 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 37,300 shares during the quarter. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $12,976,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

A number of other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in MS. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. boosted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 361.8% in the fourth quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 4,418,918 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $231,860,000 after acquiring an additional 3,462,069 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 18.3% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 11,816,768 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $569,213,000 after acquiring an additional 1,828,697 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 14.2% in the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 12,643,249 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $663,392,000 after acquiring an additional 1,569,202 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 37.7% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 5,594,220 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $293,527,000 after acquiring an additional 1,532,991 shares in the last quarter. Finally, DSAM Partners London Ltd boosted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 622.8% in the fourth quarter. DSAM Partners London Ltd now owns 791,331 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $41,521,000 after acquiring an additional 681,856 shares in the last quarter. 86.06% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Several equities research analysts have commented on the company. UBS raised Morgan Stanley to an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Atlantic Securities raised Morgan Stanley from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $61.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raised Morgan Stanley from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $59.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Thursday, March 15th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, fifteen have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $54.39.

Morgan Stanley stock opened at $57.11 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $102,977.40, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.79, a PEG ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 1.50. The company has a current ratio of 0.77, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.75. Morgan Stanley has a 1-year low of $40.06 and a 1-year high of $59.38.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.77 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $9.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.25 billion. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 10.07% and a net margin of 14.10%. Morgan Stanley’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.81 earnings per share. analysts predict that Morgan Stanley will post 4.53 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Chairman James P. Gorman sold 100,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.34, for a total transaction of $5,534,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CFO Jonathan Pruzan sold 52,204 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.35, for a total value of $2,889,491.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 239,254 shares of company stock valued at $13,085,019. 0.24% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Morgan Stanley Profile

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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