Investors sold shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on strength during trading on Monday. $28.77 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $82.43 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $53.66 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Morgan Stanley had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Morgan Stanley traded up $0.09 for the day and closed at $26.46

Several research firms have recently weighed in on MS. Vetr cut shares of Morgan Stanley from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $28.11 price target for the company. in a report on Wednesday, April 13th. Barclays PLC reduced their price target on shares of Morgan Stanley from $35.00 to $32.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, April 6th. JMP Securities reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $36.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Tuesday, April 19th. Wells Fargo & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Tuesday, April 19th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reduced their price target on shares of Morgan Stanley from $28.00 to $25.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, March 30th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $32.88.

The company has a market capitalization of $51.25 billion and a PE ratio of 11.66. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $26.07 and a 200-day moving average price of $26.03.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its earnings results on Monday, April 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.55 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.65 by $0.10. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.85 earnings per share. The business earned $7.80 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $8.52 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 21.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts forecast that Morgan Stanley will post $2.32 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Morgan Stanley news, insider Eric F. Grossman sold 24,952 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.21, for a total value of $703,895.92. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 180,212 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,083,780.52. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MS. Janus Capital Management increased its position in Morgan Stanley by 8.6% in the third quarter. Janus Capital Management now owns 4,722,138 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $148,748,000 after buying an additional 375,509 shares in the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP increased its position in Morgan Stanley by 380.6% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 216,177 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $6,877,000 after buying an additional 171,196 shares during the period. Profund Advisors LLC increased its position in Morgan Stanley by 33.1% in the fourth quarter. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 44,000 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,400,000 after buying an additional 10,933 shares during the period. Calamos Advisors LLC increased its position in Morgan Stanley by 42.1% in the fourth quarter. Calamos Advisors LLC now owns 230,082 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $7,319,000 after buying an additional 68,114 shares during the period. Finally, OppenheimerFunds Inc. increased its position in Morgan Stanley by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 4,025,518 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $128,077,000 after buying an additional 56,829 shares during the period.

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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