MARSHALL WACE ASIA Ltd increased its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 18.2% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 1,580,233 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 242,991 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley makes up 2.5% of MARSHALL WACE ASIA Ltd’s portfolio, making the stock its 17th biggest position. MARSHALL WACE ASIA Ltd’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $73,592,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Westbourne Investment Advisors Inc. lifted its stake in Morgan Stanley by 28.3% in the 3rd quarter. Westbourne Investment Advisors Inc. now owns 35,205 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,639,000 after acquiring an additional 7,770 shares in the last quarter. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd bought a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $2,021,000. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. raised its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 23.5% during the 2nd quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 56,813 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,693,000 after purchasing an additional 10,807 shares in the last quarter. Regentatlantic Capital LLC raised its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 8.8% during the 3rd quarter. Regentatlantic Capital LLC now owns 154,738 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $7,206,000 after purchasing an additional 12,562 shares in the last quarter. Finally, CENTRAL TRUST Co raised its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 12.0% during the 3rd quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 32,798 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,527,000 after purchasing an additional 3,507 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.08% of the company’s stock.

Shares of MS stock traded down $0.51 during trading on Thursday, reaching $42.61. 17,551,693 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 10,066,704. The company has a current ratio of 0.80, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.67. The firm has a market capitalization of $74.17 billion, a PE ratio of 11.84, a PEG ratio of 0.74 and a beta of 1.25. Morgan Stanley has a twelve month low of $40.98 and a twelve month high of $59.38.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 16th. The financial services provider reported $1.17 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.01 by $0.16. The business had revenue of $9.87 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.55 billion. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 12.51% and a net margin of 15.93%. 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 earned $0.93 EPS. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that Morgan Stanley will post 4.94 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, October 31st were issued a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.82%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, October 30th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio is 33.33%.

In other Morgan Stanley news, major shareholder Stanley Morgan sold 327 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $23,000.00, for a total value of $7,521,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Corporate insiders own 0.19% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 14th. Wells Fargo & Co upgraded Morgan Stanley from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $56.00 to $60.00 in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. HSBC cut Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, October 2nd. UBS Group upgraded Morgan Stanley from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 16th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price objective on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Monday, September 10th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. Morgan Stanley has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $58.53.

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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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