Silvant Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor purchased 99,296 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $5,358,000.

A number of other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the stock. Iberiabank Corp grew its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 11.8% in the 4th quarter. Iberiabank Corp now owns 9,121 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $479,000 after buying an additional 960 shares in the last quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. grew its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 8.1% in the 1st quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 13,182 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $711,000 after buying an additional 983 shares in the last quarter. Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in Morgan Stanley by 5.9% during the 4th quarter. Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Capital Management Inc. now owns 18,018 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $945,000 after purchasing an additional 1,000 shares in the last quarter. K.J. Harrison & Partners Inc boosted its stake in Morgan Stanley by 18.2% during the 1st quarter. K.J. Harrison & Partners Inc now owns 6,500 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $351,000 after purchasing an additional 1,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, KCS Wealth Advisory boosted its stake in Morgan Stanley by 6.5% during the 1st quarter. KCS Wealth Advisory now owns 16,478 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $889,000 after purchasing an additional 1,010 shares in the last quarter. 86.98% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on the company. ValuEngine lowered Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 20th. JPMorgan Chase reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Thursday, March 15th. Societe Generale set a $61.00 price target on Morgan Stanley and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, Barclays increased their price target on Morgan Stanley from $62.00 to $63.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 19th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, fourteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $55.40.

MS opened at $54.87 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $97.31 billion, a PE ratio of 15.24, a P/E/G ratio of 0.91 and a beta of 1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.75, a current ratio of 0.82 and a quick ratio of 0.82. Morgan Stanley has a fifty-two week low of $54.51 and a fifty-two week high of $54.93.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 18th. The financial services provider reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.28 by $0.17. The business had revenue of $11.08 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.37 billion. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 11.10% and a net margin of 15.09%. The company’s revenue was up 13.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.00 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Morgan Stanley will post 4.72 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, May 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 30th were paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.82%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, April 27th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio is presently 27.78%.

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 through three segments: Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management.

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

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