LGT Capital Partners LTD. increased its position in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 58.0% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 982,790 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 360,730 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley comprises approximately 3.2% of LGT Capital Partners LTD.’s portfolio, making the stock its 7th biggest holding. LGT Capital Partners LTD.’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $38,968,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Several other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in MS. Kiwi Wealth Investments Limited Partnership acquired a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley in the third quarter valued at about $4,912,000. ValueAct Holdings L.P. raised its position in Morgan Stanley by 11.2% in the 3rd quarter. ValueAct Holdings L.P. now owns 20,810,470 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $969,144,000 after purchasing an additional 2,100,850 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC raised its position in Morgan Stanley by 4.4% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 45,817,038 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,171,728,000 after purchasing an additional 1,936,093 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC grew its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 28.2% during the 3rd quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 4,654,200 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $216,746,000 after acquiring an additional 1,023,473 shares during the period. Finally, Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. grew its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 107.1% during the 3rd quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 1,246,803 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $58,064,000 after acquiring an additional 644,811 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.06% of the company’s stock.

A number of research firms have commented on MS. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods lowered shares of Morgan Stanley from an “outperform” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 target price for the company. in a report on Tuesday, December 11th. Credit Suisse Group lowered their target price on shares of Morgan Stanley from $62.00 to $58.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, December 7th. Wells Fargo & Co raised shares of Morgan Stanley to a “buy ms” rating in a report on Thursday, December 20th. Wolfe Research initiated coverage on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Tuesday, September 25th. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, September 21st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $56.06.

MS traded up $0.23 during trading on Monday, hitting $41.98. The company had a trading volume of 1,010,355 shares, compared to its average volume of 10,779,401. The stock has a market capitalization of $71.80 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.66, a P/E/G ratio of 0.69 and a beta of 1.24. Morgan Stanley has a one year low of $36.74 and a one year high of $59.38. The company has a current ratio of 0.80, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.67.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 16th. The financial services provider reported $1.17 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.01 by $0.16. The business had revenue of $9.87 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.55 billion. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 15.93% and a return on equity of 12.51%. The firm’s revenue was up 7.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.93 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Morgan Stanley will post 4.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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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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