First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. grew its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 16.7% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 61,144 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 8,754 shares during the period. First Citizens Bank & Trust Co.’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $3,208,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of the company. Invictus RG grew its stake in Morgan Stanley by 307.5% in the third quarter. Invictus RG now owns 2,335 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after purchasing an additional 1,762 shares during the period. Rational Advisors LLC bought a new stake in Morgan Stanley in the third quarter worth $116,000. Zions Bancorporation boosted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 176.1% in the third quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 2,463 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $119,000 after acquiring an additional 1,571 shares in the last quarter. BB&T Investment Services Inc. boosted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 163.1% in the third quarter. BB&T Investment Services Inc. now owns 2,655 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $127,000 after acquiring an additional 1,646 shares in the last quarter. Finally, WFG Advisors LP boosted its holdings 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 worth $120,000 after acquiring an additional 840 shares in the last quarter. 85.49% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

In other Morgan Stanley news, insider Jeffrey S. Brodsky sold 16,397 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.07, for a total value of $820,997.79. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 111,776 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,596,624.32. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, President Thomas Colm Kelleher sold 40,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.59, for a total value of $2,023,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the president now directly owns 692,037 shares in the company, valued at approximately $35,010,151.83. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 85,247 shares of company stock worth $4,284,364. 0.24% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE MS) traded up $0.41 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $53.30. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 6,622,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,009,783. Morgan Stanley has a 52 week low of $40.06 and a 52 week high of $54.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a current ratio of 0.74. The company has a market capitalization of $97,630.00, a P/E ratio of 14.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.08 and a beta of 1.65.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.93 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.81 by $0.12. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 10.07% and a net margin of 16.76%. The company had revenue of $9.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.05 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.80 earnings per share. Morgan Stanley’s revenue was up 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 3.58 EPS for the current year.

Several equities research analysts have commented on MS shares. 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. raised Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 target price on the stock in a report on Friday, September 15th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Monday, November 20th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co set a $55.00 price target on Morgan Stanley and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, nineteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $52.75.

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Morgan Stanley Company 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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)

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