Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in a report issued on Monday.

Other equities research analysts also recently issued reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 21st. Citigroup Inc. increased their price target on Morgan Stanley from $30.00 to $32.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, October 10th. Sandler O’Neill downgraded Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $33.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, October 6th. Barclays PLC increased their price target on Morgan Stanley from $32.00 to $35.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 20th. Finally, Vetr downgraded Morgan Stanley from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating and set a $26.38 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday, August 15th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $32.59.

Analyst Recommendations for Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)

Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) opened at 40.60 on Monday. Morgan Stanley has a one year low of $21.16 and a one year high of $41.20. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $35.45 and a 200 day moving average price of $30.45. The company has a market capitalization of $76.04 billion, a PE ratio of 16.32 and a beta of 1.87.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 19th. The financial services provider reported $0.80 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.17. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 7.57% and a net margin of 14.44%. The firm had revenue of $8.91 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $8.17 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.34 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 14.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that Morgan Stanley will post $2.71 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, November 15th. Investors of record on Monday, October 31st were issued a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 27th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.97%. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.00%.

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In other Morgan Stanley news, CFO Jonathan Pruzan sold 44,625 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.90, for a total value of $1,512,787.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 210,814 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,146,594.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, COO James A. Rosenthal sold 111,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.34, for a total transaction of $4,485,808.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 294,261 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,870,488.74. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.35% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of MS. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust boosted its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 6.4% in the third quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 3,437 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $110,000 after buying an additional 207 shares in the last quarter. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Morgan Stanley during the third quarter valued at approximately $110,000. FineMark National Bank & Trust boosted its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 2.0% in the second quarter. FineMark National Bank & Trust now owns 4,332 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $113,000 after buying an additional 84 shares in the last quarter. MCF Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 0.6% in the third quarter. MCF Advisors LLC now owns 4,176 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $134,000 after buying an additional 26 shares in the last quarter. Finally, First Manhattan Co. boosted its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 2.4% in the third quarter. First Manhattan Co. now owns 4,294 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $137,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. 83.90% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Morgan Stanley Company Profile

Morgan Stanley is a financial holding company. The Company is a global financial services firm that, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, advises, and originates, trades, manages and distributes capital for, governments, institutions and individuals. Its segments include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management.

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