UMB Bank N A MO boosted its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 591.7% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 158,535 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 135,615 shares during the period. UMB Bank N A MO’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $4,119,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. BTC Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 22.5% in the first quarter. BTC Capital Management Inc. now owns 102,689 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,570,000 after buying an additional 18,876 shares in the last quarter. Virginia Retirement System bought a new position in shares of Morgan Stanley during the first quarter worth $589,000. Buffington Mohr McNeal increased its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 80.0% in the first quarter. Buffington Mohr McNeal now owns 81,225 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,031,000 after buying an additional 36,090 shares in the last quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. bought a new position in shares of Morgan Stanley during the first quarter worth $797,000. Finally, Commonwealth Equity Services Inc increased its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 6.4% in the first quarter. Commonwealth Equity Services Inc now owns 102,597 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,566,000 after buying an additional 6,182 shares in the last quarter. 83.64% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) traded up 1.00% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $32.24. 8,184,305 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $30.80 and a 200-day moving average price of $27.47. The stock has a market cap of $61.64 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.91 and a beta of 2.18. Morgan Stanley has a 12 month low of $21.16 and a 12 month high of $35.74.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 20th. The financial services provider reported $0.75 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.16. The company earned $8.91 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $8.30 billion. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 13.27% and a return on equity of 6.41%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 8.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.79 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post $2.50 EPS for the current year.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on MS shares. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Saturday, June 4th. Vetr raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $27.68 target price for the company in a research note on Monday, June 6th. Buckingham Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Tuesday, June 21st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $27.00 target price (down from $29.00) on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Monday, June 27th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada set a $27.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 28th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $31.97.

In related news, insider Jeffrey S. Brodsky sold 19,955 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.79, for a total value of $574,504.45. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 123,710 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,561,610.90. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Donald T. Nicolaisen sold 3,302 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.88, for a total transaction of $92,059.76. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 91,704 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,556,707.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.35% of the company’s stock.

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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