Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in November. As of November 15th, there was short interest totalling 20,077,648 shares, an increase of 26.3% from the October 31st total of 15,899,764 shares. Approximately 1.4% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 16,966,251 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.2 days.

In other news, CFO Jonathan Pruzan sold 44,625 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.90, for a total transaction of $1,512,787.50. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 210,814 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,146,594.60. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, President Thomas Colm Kelleher sold 222,712 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.90, for a total transaction of $7,327,224.80. Following the transaction, the president now owns 863,334 shares in the company, valued at $28,403,688.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.35% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Artemis Investment Management LLP boosted its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 32.1% in the second quarter. Artemis Investment Management LLP now owns 700,000 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $18,197,000 after buying an additional 170,000 shares during the period. Matrix Asset Advisors Inc. NY boosted its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 0.7% in the second quarter. Matrix Asset Advisors Inc. NY now owns 407,053 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $10,575,000 after buying an additional 2,918 shares during the period. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI boosted its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 28.1% in the second quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 1,344,404 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $34,928,000 after buying an additional 294,902 shares during the period. Boston Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 36.8% in the second quarter. Boston Advisors LLC now owns 821,395 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $21,340,000 after buying an additional 220,974 shares during the period. Finally, Sadoff Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 1.4% in the third quarter. Sadoff Investment Management LLC now owns 722,425 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $23,161,000 after buying an additional 9,960 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 83.90% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) opened at 41.36 on Thursday. Morgan Stanley has a 1-year low of $21.16 and a 1-year high of $41.64. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $35.94 and its 200 day moving average is $30.63. The company has a market capitalization of $77.46 billion, a PE ratio of 16.62 and a beta of 1.87.

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

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, November 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 31st were paid a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.93%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 27th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 32.00%.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on MS shares. Deutsche Bank AG upped their price objective on shares of Morgan Stanley from $34.00 to $43.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Monday. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Tuesday. Vetr cut shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $32.18 price objective for the company. in a report on Tuesday, November 8th. Finally, Barclays PLC upped their price objective on shares of Morgan Stanley from $32.00 to $35.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, October 20th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.17.

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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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