Nisa Investment Advisors LLC lifted its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 28.6% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 671,485 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 149,250 shares during the period. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $34,790,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of MS. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 1.0% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 102,137,658 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $4,551,254,000 after acquiring an additional 969,461 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 1.4% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 93,483,287 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $4,165,615,000 after acquiring an additional 1,256,318 shares during the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company lifted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 24.5% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 12,326,657 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $549,275,000 after acquiring an additional 2,427,130 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted 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 during the last quarter. Finally, Epoch Investment Partners Inc. lifted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 2.0% in the third quarter. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. now owns 9,843,789 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $474,175,000 after acquiring an additional 189,953 shares during the last quarter. 85.49% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In related news, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total transaction of $1,250,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, President Thomas Colm Kelleher sold 40,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.59, for a total transaction of $2,023,600.00. Following the transaction, the president now owns 692,037 shares in the company, valued at approximately $35,010,151.83. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 85,247 shares of company stock worth $4,284,364 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 0.24% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) traded up $0.92 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $55.12. 7,769,075 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 7,674,663. Morgan Stanley has a 12 month low of $40.06 and a 12 month high of $54.48. The firm has a market capitalization of $99,400.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.23, a P/E/G ratio of 1.08 and a beta of 1.65. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68.

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

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on MS shares. Wells Fargo & Co set a $55.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $53.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 15th. Barclays raised their target price on shares of Morgan Stanley from $48.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, Berenberg Bank reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Thursday, September 21st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, nineteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Morgan Stanley presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $53.11.

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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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