Investors sold shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on strength during trading hours on Friday. $62.56 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $70.36 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $7.80 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 $0.01 for the day and closed at $28.01

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Barclays PLC restated a “hold” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Saturday, July 9th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 3rd. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Saturday, June 4th. Wells Fargo & Co. restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Tuesday, April 19th. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. restated a “hold” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Monday, April 18th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $32.49.

The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $26.10 and its 200 day moving average price is $26.03. The stock has a market cap of $54.26 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.34.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, April 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.55 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.65 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $7.80 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $8.52 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.85 earnings per share. Morgan Stanley’s revenue was down 21.3% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post $2.30 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider Eric F. Grossman sold 24,952 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.21, for a total transaction of $703,895.92. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 180,212 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,083,780.52. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Several institutional investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Westbourne Investment Advisors Inc. raised its position in Morgan Stanley by 6.9% in the fourth quarter. Westbourne Investment Advisors Inc. now owns 31,755 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,010,000 after buying an additional 2,045 shares in the last quarter. Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new position in Morgan Stanley during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,753,000. Pittenger & Anderson Inc. raised its position in Morgan Stanley by 3.7% in the fourth quarter. Pittenger & Anderson Inc. now owns 34,640 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,102,000 after buying an additional 1,250 shares in the last quarter. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. raised its position in Morgan Stanley by 5.3% in the fourth quarter. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. now owns 9,499,721 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $302,186,000 after buying an additional 479,790 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Marshall Wace LLP raised its position in Morgan Stanley by 28.9% in the fourth quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 1,993,004 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $63,397,000 after buying an additional 446,980 shares in the last quarter.

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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